It doesn’t take more than a few household items and little elbow grease to keep your vinyl windows looking like new. Unlike wood and aluminum windows, vinyl frames are easy to clean and maintain. And proper care will prolong the life of your windows. Here are the things you need to clean your vinyl windows like a professional.
Tools for Cleaning Vinyl Windows
Do NOT Use
Instead you will need:
How to Clean and Maintain Vinyl Windows
Here are the basic steps to follow:
Before doing anything, give your windows a good once over. Open and close the window to ensure easy operation. Look for any condensation between the panes or cracks in the glass. If you notice damage, start thinking about replacement windows.
Some single and double hung windows tilt in for easy cleaning. But if you have different window styles, pull out the sashes and screens to make the job easier. Be sure to lay them on a flat surface and do what you can to avoid more dirt. Having an extra set of hands can help.
Use the mild soap and water to wash the vinyl frames with the sponge and soft bristle brush. Don’t let the water pool. Instead promptly rinse with clear water and dry quickly. For stubborn dirt you can repeat steps, or switch to stronger cleaning products.
Use the glass cleaner or vinegar and water to clean the glass surface. Again, don’t let the liquids pool. Wipe the surface dry quickly, and use the newspaper for streak-free glass.
You can put the screens in the tub or shower, or just lay them out on the lawn or driveway for cleaning. Gently spray with water and use the mild soap and soft brush to get rid of tough dirt. Rinse with clear water and prop them up to dry.
Before reassembling the window you want to clean the tracks. Start with the vacuum to remove any loose debris. If necessary, use the soft bristle brush and the plastic putty knife for anything wedged in the track. Use a dry cloth and the silicone spray to clean and lubricate the track. When done, carefully replace the window sashes and screens. Test the rollers just to make sure everything is still working properly.
That’s it. No sanding and re-finishing like you would do with wood or aluminum. Your Deerfield, IL vinyl windows really are the easiest option when it comes to maintenance and cleaning. And if you want to get vinyl windows installed in your home call Scientific Home Services. We offer the best products at fair prices for homeowners in Deerfield, IL and the surrounding area. Contact our office at (847) 752-0370. Or bring your questions to 7240 Saint Louis Ave., Skokie, IL 60076.