Vinyl windows are an energy efficient, easy maintainable option. However they still get dirty. They are fairly simple to clean and below are 6 tips to keep them sparkling.
1. Take off the Screen
It might be helpful to take off the window screens before you begin. Removing these will allow you to reach a larger area on your window, and perform a more thorough cleaning job.
2. Clean the Screens
Now that you’ve taken off the screens, it’s time to wash them. You can either lay them in your bathtub, shower, or in your yard. Gently spray them with water using your hose or shower head. Scrub them with a soft bristle brush and mild soap solution to remove dirt and debris. DO NOT use a pressure washer on your screens.
3. Use the Right Tools
You don’t want to risk harming your vinyl windows. Therefore it’s important to use the right vinyl window cleaner and equipment. Here are some of the things you may need:
When you’re cleaning the frame and trim of your vinyl window, use a combination of mild soap and water. Rinse the area with water, and use a sponge with mild soap to clean off dirt. Make sure you avoid using harsh cleaners like power washers, bleach, or grease remover, as these can damage your vinyl. Using a tiny amount of the mixture ensures that you don’t leave any excess behind. Otherwise, it will build-up towards the bottom of your window and damage it. Stubborn stains that don’t respond to the combination of soap in water may require a stronger vinyl window cleaner.
4. Clean the Tracks
One of the filthiest parts of vinyl windows that often gets overlooked is the window track. You don’t need a special window track tool to get this part looking brand new, all you need is some baking soda, white vinegar, paper towels, and a toothbrush. All you need to do is pour baking soda on the window track and then add some vinegar. After letting it soak for about five to ten minutes, you can start scrubbing the track with a toothbrush. As you scrub and start wiping the gunk up up with a paper towel, you’ll find that your track is no longer as tarnished by dirt, making it easier to open and close.
5. Lubricate Your Windows
There’s only so much that cleaning the dirt from your tracks can do. If you’re still having trouble opening and closing your windows smoothly, you’ll need to lubricate them. After cleaning, add some silicone lubricant to a cloth and wipe down the tracks. You should lubricate the ends of the sashes that go into the tracks as well. Then put the sash back into the window, opening it and closing it a few times to spread out the lubricant. Spraying the lubricant onto your cloth, not onto the tracks and sashes directly will make less of a mess.
6. Don’t Leave Streaks
When cleaning the vinyl window glass, you can use either a window cleaner or a combination of water and vinegar. Clean the glass with water to wipe off any dirt that can scratch the glass before you start. You should then follow up with a window cleaner. Wiping the window clean before the chemicals can pool at the bottom of the window will avoid damage. Ensure you thoroughly rinse the windows off after cleaning and dry the using a soft, lint-free cloth.
Following these steps will help you get a streak-free shine for your vinyl windows and extend the life of them.