One of the most significant advantages of new windows is the materials used to make them. As homeowners, you can choose from several materials that allow you to have beautiful and complementary windows with as little maintenance as possible. One of those materials is vinyl.
Vinyl windows are perfect for homeowners who want easy window maintenance. However, many homeowners are unaware of how to clean vinyl windows properly. When getting ready to clean your vinyl windows, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Avoid Using Particular Cleaning Products
One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is cleaning vinyl windows in the same manner as glass windows. Using cleaning products with harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia can break down the integrity of the vinyl.
Using a power washer or pressure spray can also damage the vinyl. Instead, you want to use a vinyl window cleaner or a combination of a quarter of Woolite and one gallon of water. When using this combination, thoroughly rinse with water after washing.
Remove the Sashes and Screens
Some vinyl windows contain helpful features that allow you to remove parts of the window while you are cleaning. You want to remove any window sashes and screens and place them on a flat surface. When removing sashes and screens, you want to be as careful as possible and place the sashes or screens where no one can step over the items.
Wash the Window Frame and Trim
When washing the window frame and trim, you want to:
- Rinse the area with clear water, and then clean the window frame and trim with soap
- To lift any dirt on the frame and trim, you can use a sponge and a soft brush
- Ensure to thoroughly rinse the frame and trim with clear water, and wipe these items dry with a lint-free cloth, like microfiber
- Make sure to rinse, clean, and dry quickly
Also, ensure not to allow water to run down and collect while cleaning because the water can collect at the bottom of the water and lead to future damage.
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Clean the Glass
To help clean the glass, start by rinsing the glass with clear water and spraying either a glass cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water. Once again, you want to ensure that no additional water is running down the window and collecting.
Make sure to rinse and wipe dry quickly. If you want to make sure there are no streaks left on your glass surface, you can use a newspaper to dry the glass instead of a cloth.
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