Time for Spring Cleaning!
The birds are chirping and the warm winds are once again blowing and that means it’s springtime.
It’s that special time that only comes around once a year, and I don’t want you to miss it. It’s called spring cleaning. Your amazing vinyl windows need some cleaning once in a while and if you do it, you won’t run into broken parts, unsightly stains or a window that won’t open and close.
Springtime Just to Make Your Life Easier
Yes, your vinyl windows are “maintenance free” compared to other windows, but that doesn’t mean they’re impervious to pollution, dirt, dust, bird droppings, mould, and blowing sand carried in the winds. It’s amazing how resilient vinyl windows are, but cleaning them at least once a year is a good idea.
If your windows are left open in the summer, then even more dust and dirt may get right inside the channel inside the sash. Spring cleaning ensures you get the dirt that’s been deposited there during the winter.
Fine dirt and dust somehow finds its way in and that could result in scratched parts, broken hardware, and even broken seals when someone tries to force the window open or shut. A lack of care for the windows could even result in them losing their thermal or Low capabilities.
First you clean the inside of the frame where the window opens, then after comes the easier task of cleaning with window surface.
Cleaning Tips for Vinyl Windows
First thing to do is head to your garage or storage room and grab:
- a bucket with hot water
- add 3 cups of vinegar
- add a squirt of dish washing liquid
- soft cotton cloth
- small soft bristle brush.
- your vacuum cleaner, or a hand vac if you have one.
Open your casement, tilt and turn, hopper, crank out window, or whatever window have. Remove the bug screen carefully if you have one. Use your soft brush to loosen up any dirt or debris that is stuck on the sash or the channel where the window slides. Vacuum out the dirt, sand, and loose mould if it’s there.
Using a soft wet cloth, wipe the channel until you’ve picked up all the mud or dirt remaining there. Don’t forget to clean the hinges under swinging windows, and then lubricate them afterward.
Clean all the way around the frame where the moving windows swing or slide. Take the window out where possible such as single hung windows. On a swing out window, it may be difficult to get at area near the hinges, but any parts that touch have to be cleaned. Otherwise, you may not have a good seal and air could leak, or your latch may not close/lock the window fully. Sounds tedious I know, but your energy bill is important.
Stains and Mold on Windows
If there are stains or mould, try your best by gently rubbing with vinegar first. If that doesn’t work, you may choose to use a little bleach (1 part bleach to 4 parts water) to remove them. Don’t scrub with anything abrasive because you’ll scratch the surface.
To clean the windows themselves, use vinegar and water solution with a soft cloth suitable for cleaning glass surfaces. Don’t press hard on the window surface as you may affect the seal. Seals are tough but putting a lot of sudden pressure on them is not advisable.
Don’t forget to clean the track of your sliding patio doors too. If they’re squeaking and not sliding smoothly, there’s dirt in the track or rollers.
With that out of the way, you can get a new cloth or sponge and clean the window surface using Windex or water and vinegar. Don’t use the dirty water from the bucket whatever you do!
I hope this window cleaning process helps you make your beautiful windows sparkle and keeps them operating perfectly. Enjoy the spring and summer months ahead.
While do-it-yourself-windows sounds like a good way to save money, vinyl windows are usually not warranteed unless they’re installed professionally. Poor installation can result in the product failing. See our post on window installation.