If you have invested in vinyl windows for your home or sunroom, you have made a good choice.
These windows, when maintained, can keep their shiny, clear appearance year after year.
Your windows are created to be low maintenance and durable.
But, like any home investment, if not properly maintained, the beautiful windows that you purchased will lose their shine.
The best way to be sure that your windows stay in the best shape possible is to be proactive. Include cleaning your windows as part of your seasonal housekeeping, and you will not have to worry about reversing the damage.
When the seasons change, it is a good reminder to review areas of your home that need maintaining.
Each season takes its toll on your home.
Winter’s elements can be harsh. Spring tends to stir dust and pollen. Summer’s heat also has a unique effect, and when the leaves and branches begin to fall in the autumn, your windows, doors, and siding can take a hit.
Keep Your Vinyl Windows Looking Their Best:
To keep your windows in tip-top shape, it is important that you clean them regularly and properly.
Following a few simple steps will keep your windows looking their best.
What should you use to clean vinyl windows?
First, you need to make sure that you are using a safe solution to clean vinyl windows. Even though these windows look like glass, they should not be cleaned using the same chemicals as you would typically use.
Steer clear of any bleach, ammonia or glass cleaner. Instead, opt for a warm, sudsy water solution that can be made using a gentle dish detergent or an eco-friendly laundry detergent.
Mix a tiny drop of mild dish detergent into a bucket of warm water and swirl around to make a sudsy cleaning solution.
This simple, effective solution is enough to clean mold, streaks, and debris from your window’s surface.
For the window panes, simply use a soft rag. Wet the rag in the soap and water and wash the windows thoroughly.
To clean the trim and window sills, use a soft-bristle hand held cleaning brush.
Scrub the corners and ledges of the window sills using the soap and water solution, and the soft-bristled hand brush.
It is important to note: washing your windows with soapy water on a hot or humid day is much more likely to leave behind a sudsy residue. Instead, wait until an overcast day when the soapy solution is less likely to dry while cleaning.
Next, take a clean, damp rag and wipe the windows clean of any film or suds that may have been left behind by the previous step.
Do not use the same rag that you used in the first step because it will undoubtedly retain some soap, and you will end up with a streaky film covering your windows.
Wipe the window panes, sills and ledges clean with your damp rag.
You will want to have all of the materials prepared before you begin so that the windows do not dry completely between the steps.
Prior to beginning the process, fill a spray bottle with three parts water and one part vinegar.
Have a dust rag handy for your final steps. Microfiber cleaning rags are a good type to use because they do not leave behind lint.
Once you have completely wiped windows down, then you should spray the windows, sills, and ledges with the water and vinegar solution.
Spraying only one window at a time will ensure that the windows do not dry and that no filmy residue is left behind.
Then, using the microfiber cloth, wipe the window down completely until they are dry.
Repeat this step for each window fixture.
Make sure that you clean the nooks and crannies, wiping out the corners of each window to remove any dirt and grime that may have settled since the last cleaning.
When you are cleaning, look each window over for fingerprints, smears or smudges. These areas may require a little extra effort.
Once you have completed the three steps above on the inside of the windows, then you should do the same with the outside of your windows.
Extra Window-Cleaning Tips:
When you are cleaning the window sills and the trim, you may choose to use another type of appropriate cleaner for these surfaces.
Be sure that you check the labels to make sure that any cleaner that you use is not too acidic, harsh or abrasive.
Many of the cleaners on the market are harsher than necessary. Your home furnishings can be cleaned safely and just as well using alternatives that are gentle and safe for the environment.
Furthermore, you may want to clean the inside of your windows more often than the outside. This depends on your unique living situation as well as the environment and climate of your home.
Cleaning the outside of your windows once each season should suffice. However, if you have regular company, or live in an area that has a large amount of pollen or wind, you might like to clean indoors more often.
As long as you are not using harsh chemical cleaner, it is not likely to matter if you choose to clean more often than once per season.
Suggestions to make window cleaning easy:
When cleaning windows, you might want to use rubber gloves. Even though you are not cleaning with chemicals, prolonged exposure to soapy water and the water and vinegar solution, along with hard-working hand use, can take its toll and leave you with dry, calloused hands.
Rubber gloves seal any cleaning solution out.
A good idea for cleaning the tops of windows is to use a mop. Flat, sponge mops are usually the best for this type of surface. Also, rectangular mops make it possible to reach the corners of the windows and above the window sills and trim to remove any dust or dirt.
Cleaning your windows using these simple suggested cleaning tips and tricks will ensure that your home is not only clean, but your windows are beautiful, season after season, year after year.