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Cleaning and Maintaining Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows are affordable, resilient, and keep their elegant appearance for years to come. The material will not pit, peel, rust, warp, or flake over time. You do not ever need to repaint your vinyl windows. Also they are often the easiest to clean and maintain. In Mesa, AZ your windows might get dirty from time to time. In other regions heavy rains can keep your windows looking spectacular. However, when rain isn’t enough, there are some simple steps you can follow to keep your vinyl windows looking like new.

Window Washing Tools

You will need:

  • Soft cloth
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Mild detergent
  • Silicone lubricant
  • Vacuum
  • Clean towel

Do Not Use

Be sure to avoid:

  • High pressure washers
  • Razor or metal blades
  • Abrasive cleaning solutions
  • Liquid grease remover
  • Strong soaps or detergents
  • Furniture polish
  • Cleaners containing bleach

How to Clean Vinyl Windows

Here are the easy steps to follow:

Step 1. Remove the Sash and Screens

In horizontal sliding windows, or casement windows, you want to have access to the tracks and frame of the window. So remove sashes or slide casement windows all the way open. Then gently remove the screens.

Step 2. Clear the Tracks

Vacuum the tracks and then wipe them down with a dry cloth. This will remove damaging debris and dust. Then use a mild detergent to clear away more stubborn dirt from the tracks. Then you can use a lubricant to ensure smooth operation. However, do not spray lubricant directly onto the track. Overspray on the glass or vinyl could result in a greasy mess that is impossible to clear up. Instead spray it on a cloth and gently wipe it along the track and jamb liner.

Step 3. Wash the Frame

Again use the mild detergent and a damp cloth to clean the framing. Do not use a high-pressure washer. The spray could destroy the caulking around the window and break the seals. Instead dip the cloth in the solution and wipe away mold, mildew, and heavy dirt. When finished, rinse out the cloth and clean the frame. Dry the area with a clean towel.

Step 4. Clean the Glass

Next up, for a streak-free window, you can use an ammonia free window cleaner or a solution of 30% white vinegar and 70% water. Use a soft cloth, paper towels, or newspaper. Spray the solution on the glass and rub in different directions. If you notice streaking, rinse your cloth with clear water and wipe again. Do not use razor blades or abrasives to remove substances on the glass. This will likely damage the coatings and scratch your window.

Step 5. Wash the Screen

Using the mild detergent and soft-bristle brush, you can remove much of the dirt collected on your screen. Rinse your screen with a gentle spray of water and set them out to dry completely. Once they are clean and dry you can replace them, along with the sashes.

With these simple steps your vinyl windows will look good as new. You do not have to sand down and repaint, nor do need to remove rust. These windows are easy to care for and take very little to remain working and looking in top shape. So, when considering replacement windows, give vinyl windows in Mesa, AZ a closer look.