Whether you just got new vinyl windows or you plan to get some soon, it’s important to have a plan in place when it comes to cleaning them. Not only will a maintenance plan go a long way toward extending the useful life span of your windows, they will make them look great and function their best. Not only should you inspect your windows on a monthly basis, you should lubricate and clean the tracks as well.
1. Replace Seals as Necessary
Have you been noticing “fog” collecting between the glass panels of your windows? This likely stems from a failure in the edge seal that secures the panes. Calling a professional is really the only way to go when this happens. They can fix the seal or replace the window depending on the unique circumstance.
2. Clean the Frames
You may clean the glass quite regularly, but what about the frames? Make it a point to clean the frames whenever you clean the glass. Here’s a good recipe for a home-made cleaner: Mix three parts distilled white vinegar to seven parts water, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray and clean as needed.
Alternatively, you can use a non-abrasive household cleaner, such as glass cleaner or all-purpose product. Whatever you do, don’t use bleach or anything with abrasives in it.
Spray your window with the vinegar solution or cleaner, letting it sit for a couple of minutes. Give it another spray, then, using a soft scrub brush, gently clean the frame in circular motions. Wipe the frame down to remove excess solution, only using a damp, clean cloth.
3. Conduct a Monthly Inspection
Sounds like a big deal but it’s really not. Just budget a half hour each month to take a look at all your windows for signs of wear. Check the condition of the sash and frame, checking for signs of moisture that may be starting to form in your double- or triple-paned windows. This indicates a seal failure, and replacement is imminent. If you leave a failed seal as is, you will reduce the insulation capacity of your windows as well as your viewing capacity.
Check for brittle or warped areas that develop from the harsh UV rays of the sun. Also, be on the lookout for peeling paint, checking the condition of all weather stripping. Replace the stripping if worn. Finally, check for gaps between the window casing and wall, using caulk to fill any gaps you find.
4. Lubricate and Clean Tracks
Tilt single- and double-hung windows inward, or slide casement windows open, to give you the best access to the tracks. Wipe the tracks and window frame with a dry cloth to get rid of dust, dirt and debris. Vacuum the rest of the dust from the track, as well as around the sash and frame.
Put 1-1/2 cups of vinegar in one gallon of hot water. Dip a cloth in the mix and gently scrub the tracks to get rid of mildew, mold and heavy dirt buildup. Rinse with clean water and dry with a clean towel. Next up, spray silicone lubricant onto a dry cloth or rag, wiping it along the track and jamb liner.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
Rescom Exteriors would be more than happy to perform annual inspections of your windows and recommend the best Bristol windows for replacement if need be. Contact us at 508-832-5202 today for a free estimate.