If you have replaced your outdated windows with new vinyl windows, we have a few tips to help you keep them looking their best. Though they are low on maintenance, they still require routine care in order to look their best. You should never use harsh cleaners, pressure washers, metal blades, razors blades, bleach cleaners, grease removers, paint thinner or furniture polish on your vinyl windows. These will cause significant damage.
Before you begin cleaning your windows, this is a great time to also inspect them for any issues such as warping, mold, cracks, fogging, damage to the screens or any other problems that you may come across. You will want to remove the screen and sash before you start cleaning. Take special care to not damage the screen. It is usually best to have someone help you to avoid the screen being dropped or damaged. You can place them in the shower or out on the grass and gently spray them with water and use a soft bristle brush to remove dirt and debris from the screen. Some screens may require the use of a mild soap cleaning as well to remove more stubborn spots. After they are clean, gently rinse them off again with clean water and allow them to air dry completely while you clean your windows.
Next, you will want to inspect the vinyl window trim and frame, rinse with clean water before applying a solution of mild soap and water with a soft brush and/or sponge. Rinse the soap mixture off with clean water again and then wipe dry with a streak and lint-free cloth. Do not allow the water to drip or pool into the bottom of the window, and if it does, dry it off quickly to avoid damage. Some dirt or stains will require more effort or stronger products for maximum results.
Now to clean the glass. We recommend using white vinegar and water, or you can use a glass cleaner. Rinse the glass with water before adding your cleaning solution. Using a soft cloth, or a newspaper for a streak-free clean, wash the glass thoroughly, then rinse and dry quickly to avoid water pooling at the bottom and causing damage, just like with the frame.
To complete your window cleaning, make sure you clean out the tracks of the windows as well BEFORE you reinstall. Using your vacuum, remove any dirt and debris that may obstruct the window to function properly. For larger pieces, use the plastic putty knife. The tracks should also be cleaned with the same mild detergent, then rinsed and promptly dried. Apply the silicone spray on the track and wipe away any excess before you reinstall the sash and screens.
Taking the time to properly care for your Ellicott City, MD vinyl windows will ensure they last their full expected lifetime. If you have any concerns or locate any issues during your inspection and cleaning, give us a call at 1-800-673-3034.