Tips For Long Lasting Vinyl Windows

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Everyone hates to wash windows, but you know that you have to keep them clean in order to have a nice home.  What if you knew that proper care could allow your windows to last longer?  You would take good care of your windows so that you won't have to replace them.  Proper window care isn't as easy as squirt and wipe.  Here are some tips to keep your vinyl windows lasting a long time and looking like new.

When to Clean Your Vinyl Windows    

You should clean your windows inside your home often.  Dust, dirt and oil from hands can make windows filthy.  A proper outside window cleaning is necessary at least every 6 months, if not more often.  The wind causes dirt, leaves, sticks, bugs and debris to come in contact with your window and will cause it to get dirty.    

Clean the Vinyl    

The vinyl on your windows may get stained and dirty from the outdoors, or dusty from the indoors as well.  All vinyl parts of your window can be cleaned easily with generic cleaners found on store shelves.  Soap and warm water can be used to clean the vinyl portion of your windows.  You can also use a mixture of vinegar and water, too.  Simply mix 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar and wipe directly on the vinyl.  Wipe the dirt clean with a clean cloth.

Clean the Screen            

Screens can be cleaned a number of ways.  You may need to take them off and clean them with a garden hose.  Simply spray a basic cleaner or vinegar on them then rinse with your garden hose.  Usually dirt is the hardest thing to remove from the screen.  If your screens aren't too dirty, you may be able to vacuum them off with the brush head of your vacuum.      

Clean the Tracks     

The window tracks can get dirty over time.  Using a nylon brush, simply brush the dirt then wipe it with a cloth.  If it is easier to remove the larger debris first, you can vacuum the tracks as well.  Many leaves, dirt, bugs or sand can get into vinyl tracks and cause it to look grungy and dirty. 

Clean the Glass     

You can make your own glass cleaner at home using vinegar.  Simply spray the vinegar onto the windows and use a newspaper to wipe it clean.  This will give your glass a proper cleaning, but won't leave dust like a paper towel will.  You can also choose to use any window cleaner with the newspaper. 

Clean the Caulk     

The caulk around your vinyl windows can be cleaned with any commercial cleaner.  You must be gentle when wiping so that you don't pull it away from the surface of your window and home.  When the caulk is clean, your windows will appear cleaner.  Dirty caulk can make the windows look old and dirty. 

Lubrication on the Windows     

If your window needs a bit of lubrication, you can simply use a silicone spray to make them easier to open.  This can also keep them from getting stuck in one position.  Oil based lubricants can cause dirt to stick to the surface, so it is best not to use these on your vinyl windows.   

How NOT To Clean Vinyl Windows

Here are some things that you shouldn't do/use when cleaning your vinyl windows:

  • Cleaners such as harsh detergents, strong soap cleaners, furniture polish, bleach and paint removers have chemicals in them that can damage your vinyl windows.
  • Abrasive cleaners can damage the surface of the vinyl and the glass. 
  • Sharp object like scrapers can damage the vinyl portion of your window.
  • High pressure power washers can damage the window and the caulk around the window.  This can interfere with the water-proofing of the window and can lead to damage to your home. 
  • Paint will damage vinyl windows.  You can purchase colored vinyl if you desire another color for your window. Contact a company like Window Tech Inc for more information.

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