If you are looking for low-maintenance and aesthetically pleasing windows – this is the right time to replace your wood windows with vinyl windows. Since vinyl is far superior to wood (as a material), it is not only easy to maintain but fantastically durable and robust.
Concerning the caring of your vinyl windows, an occasional heavy rainfall should do the trick of keeping the exterior vinyl windows clean, but even if it doesn’t, cleaning them with gentle cleaning products and a garden hose should be enough. Mildew and grime are easy to catch on your interior vinyl windows which is why you should read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for any specific cleaning recommendations.
Here, we’re laying out five tips to help you care for your vinyl windows better:
When you start cleaning your vinyl windows, you don’t want to damage the surface using harsh products and inadequate cleaning mixtures. Choose a combination of mild dish detergent and water to clean the vinyl surface to be stain and damage free. Don’t go overboard with chemicals to avoid leaving the residue after rinsing. The best DIY household cleaning solution is a mixture of 70-percent water and 30-percent vinegar. It’s perfect for removing mildew, grease, crayons and other stubborn stains. Use a soft, non-abrasive cloth to wipe window frames and panes, and a soft-bristle brush to remove stubborn dirt between the ridges in textured surfaces.
If heavy rainfalls don’t do the trick, you’ll have to be the one to clean the windows on the outside, too. Exterior windows are best cleaned with soapy water and a soft cloth or long-handled soft brush. In spraying the windows, set your garden hose to a moderate stream of water to rinse the windows and dislodge remaining debris; start with the top and work your way downward. If possible, avoid using a direct, full-pressure spray because it could leak into the vinyl frame components.
When it comes to indoor vinyl windows cleaning, you want to start with window frames first, then move onto the panes. Use a soft cloth and soapy water and wipe gently across window panes. Then, use clear water to rinse, and soft fabric to dry the surface. Make sure there’s no soap residue left on the windows.
Things to Consider
Before you choose a cleaning product, check the label. Don’t use any chemicals or abrasives that contain strong solvents or acids. It is to avoid scratches and discoloration of the surface (i.e., permanent damage on the vinyl surfaces.) Do remember that abrasive pads or cleaners can scratch vinyl windows.
Apart from cleaning your windows regularly, there are a few other ways to keep them in good repair:
- Keep your windows open as much as possible to allow the humidity to escape
- Purchase a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture in your home
- Vent gas burners, clothes dryers, etc. to the outdoors
- Use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans
- Install roof ventilation
- Open a window for a few minutes to air out the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room during and after use
- Don’t remove stickers with product certifications and warranty information when you clean your windows
Being alert and careful about the way you maintain your windows is the first step to ensuring their longevity and delicate appearance. If you need any additional information on vinyl windows installation or maintenance, click here for a FREE estimate from 1-800-HANSONS.