If you have vinyl windows or are planning on getting new ones in the near future, a regular maintenance schedule is key to ensuring a long life span, good looks and general functionality. From inspecting your windows monthly to replacing seals when they are worn out, check out these important vinyl window maintenance tips.
Clean the Frames When You Clean the Glass
When cleaning your windows, you may focus all your attention on the glass itself. However, the frames need regular cleaning too. Mix three parts distilled white vinegar to seven parts water and place the mixture in a spray bottle. You may also use a non-abrasive household cleaner to brighten up your vinyl windows, such as glass cleaner or all-purpose product. Never use bleach or anything with an abrasive in it.
Spray the vinyl window with the vinegar solution or cleaner and leave it be for a few minutes. Then, spray it again and use a soft scrub brush to gently clean the frame, using circular motions. Using a damp, clean cloth, wipe the frame down to remove any excess vinegar solution or cleaner.
Inspect the Windows Monthly
It doesn’t have to take long: just take a few minutes each month to inspect each window for signs of wear. Check the condition of both the window frame and sash. Look for any signs of moisture forming in your double or triple-paned windows. This means the seal has failed and must be replaced, as a failed seal cuts down on the insulation capacity of your windows.
Look for areas that are brittle or warped, which can result from the harsh UV rays of the sun. Look for peeling paint and check the condition of all weather stripping on your windows. If necessary, replace the stripping if it is worn. Lastly, check for gaps between the window casing and wall, filling them with caulk.
Lubricate and Clean Tracks for Easier Sliding
Tilt single- and double-hung windows toward you, or slide casement windows open so you can have better access to the tracks. With a dry cloth, wipe the tracks and window frame to remove dust, dirt and debris. Vacuum the rest of the dust or debris from the track and around the sash and frame.
Combine 1-1/2 cups of vinegar to a gallon of hot water. Dip a cloth in the solution and gently scrub away mildew, mold and heavy dirt build-up. Rinse with clean water and a clean towel. Spray silicone lubricant onto a dry rag or cloth, then wipe it along the window’s track and jamb liner.
Replace Seals When Worn
If you notice fogginess between the glass panels of your window, this is likely due to a failure in the edge seal that secures the panes. This problem is best address by a professional, who can fix the seal or replace the whole window depending on the unique situation.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
Lean on Rescom Exteriors to perform annual inspections of your windows and recommend the best windows for replacement if needed. Contact us at 508-832-5202 today for a free estimate.