Tips for Cleaning Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows are extremely durable and practically maintenance free. Water and extreme temperature will not damage or warp the material. The occasional rain in Agoura Hills, CA will usually help keep the outside clean. However, there are some simple things you can do to keep your vinyl windows looking and working like new. Routine cleaning will eliminate dirt and grime, and help remove mildew from the interior of your vinyl window. For specifics, you can follow the manufactures instructions. However, here are a few basic tips.

Tools You Need

To clean vinyl windows you want:

  • Soft, dry cloths
  • Dry towel
  • Sponge
  • Plastic putty knife
  • Mild detergent (baby shampoo)
  • Generic glass cleaner or mixture of water and vinegar
  • Small, soft bristle-brush
  • Silicone lubricant
  • Vacuum

Do Not Use

When cleaning vinyl windows be sure to avoid:

  • Abrasives or razor blades
  • Pressure washers
  • Solvents or nail polish remover
  • Cleaners containing chlorine bleach
  • Furniture polish
  • Liquid grease removers

Clean the Vinyl Frame

To clean your entire window, start by removing the sashes and screens. This will give you easy access to all surfaces instead of repeatedly opening and closing the windows. Then, wash the frame with a sponge and your mild detergent mixed with water. Dip the cloth in the solution and wipe down the frame. Rinse the cloth and wipe again with clear water. Last, dry with a towel. Do not let water drip and pool, or it might collect inside the window frame and cause damage.

Clean the Glass

Everyone loves a streak-free window. Some say the secret is using a solution of 30% vinegar and 70% water. Spray it on the window glass and wipe it away with newspapers. You can also use generic glass cleaner and soft cloths with success as well. Just be sure and wipe in different directions. Also, if you notice streaking, rinse out your cloth in clear water and wipe again. Do not try to use razor blades or other abrasives on the glass. You could scratch the coatings on your window panes.

Clean the Tracks

First, vacuum the tracks to remove loose dirt and debris. Then wipe the tracks down with a dry cloth. If you have stubborn debris stuck in the tracks, use the plastic putty knife to remove it. Next, to keep the vinyl windows operating smoothly, use a silicone lubricant on the tracks. To prevent overspray, spray the lubricant on a cloth and gently rub down the tracks and jamb liner.

Clean the Screens

When you remove the screens, lay them out on a flat surface like the driveway or lawn. Using the mild detergent, clean the screen with a soft-bristle brush. Do this on both sides. This should remove most of the dirt. Then rinse the screens with clear water and prop them up to dry. Once clean and dry, you can replace the screens and sashes. Do not use a high-pressure washer or it might damage the screens.

Have more questions about cleaning your vinyl windows in Agoura Hills, CA? Or thinking of replacing your old widows with new vinyl windows? Call us at Quality Windows! Reach our professionals at (310) 456-3979 or visit us at 1430 S Oxnard Blvd. Oxnard, California 93030.

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