If you’ve just had replacement windows installed, you’ll want to know how to take proper care of them. The key to making replacement windows last for years to come is regular maintenance and cleaning. Keeping your windows clean and maintained will not only increase their lifespan, but it can increase the curb appeal of your home. Here are some of our best tips for window maintenance.
How to keep your windows clean
For proper window maintenance, you should thoroughly clean all elements of your window about every four to five months. When cleaning your windows, you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If your windows are sticking, use a silicone spray to make it easier to open and close.
Remember that some windows might need more attention than others. For example, certain sides of your home might get more wind, which can pelt your windows with dust and leaves. You might have a sprinkler system that hits only certain windows, or you might even have an overzealous dog that likes to press its nose against your windows. Regardless, you should always give your windows the proper attention they need.
What to avoid when cleaning your windows
There are a few things you definitely don’t want to do when you’re cleaning your windows. For instance, you don’t want to use a high-pressure, power washer because it could damage your caulking. Keep in mind that abrasive cleaners could also damage your windows. Avoid sharp objects or even mildly abrasive cleaners as they could scratch your windows.
You also want to avoid harsh chemicals that could damage your windows. Never use liquid grease removers, soaps containing organic solvents, nail polish remover, furniture polish or cleaners containing chlorine bleach. Also try to avoid oil-based spray lubricants like WD-40.
Keeping all window elements clean
There’s more to windows than just glass. If you want to keep your windows in proper working order for years to come, don’t neglect other areas like the screen or the tracks.
- Screens: Since screens are on the outside of your window, dirt and grime can build up and wear them out. The only thing you need is a vacuum with a soft brush attachment. Simply go over the screen with the brush attachment, and your screens will be kept nice and clean.
- Tracks: To clean your tracks, take a stiff, nylon brush and scrub out any dirt you find. When you’re finished, wipe the tracks down with a soft cloth. You don’t want outdoor elements like dirt, grease and leaves to get ground into your tacks.
- Caulk: Always make sure the caulking around your windows is clean and secure. If your caulking is cracked or damaged in any way, go back over it with some caulk from the home improvement store.
You don’t want to use the wrong cleaners on the elements of your windows. Here’s what you should use for your different window elements.
- For Caulk: When cleaning caulk, we recommend you use a product called GoofOff2.
- For Glass: When cleaning glass, we recommend you use a regular or ammonia-based glass cleaner like Windex.
- For Vinyl Windows: For vinyl windows, we recommend you use products like Fantastik, Murphy Oil Soap or Lestoil. If you want to try making a cleaner from home, mix a solution of 30 percent vinegar and 70 percent water. If none of the above products works for cleaning your vinyl windows, try using mineral spirits or a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution. If you use one of the last two options, make sure to wipe it away with soap and water when you’re done.
If you still aren’t sure what steps you should take while cleaning your windows, give the experts at Window World TX a call.