Your windows are a vital player when it comes to your home’s curb appeal. After all, your home won’t look complete without them, and your property’s aesthetic appeal can be negatively affected. With that in mind, window replacement companies recommend that you care for your windows right to keep them in top shape.
If you have vinyl windows, here’s what you should do:
Step #1: Basic Inspection
Before anything else, be sure to inspect your window and its frame to see if it has any warping, cracking, mold growth and other forms of damage. By doing so, you can easily spot any problems that indicate if the window is failing. If it shows any of these signs, contact a professional for advice on what to do next.
Step #2: Gather Your Materials
If you don’t find any signs of damage on your window, you can now gather the materials you’ll need for the cleaning process. A few soft cloths, a soft bristle brush, mild detergent, water, vinegar, clean towel and a vacuum should suffice as your window cleaning tools.
Step #3: Remove Sash and Screens
Remove the window sashes and screens, and place them on a flat surface to make cleaning the windows easier for you. If needed, ask for assistance so you don’t drop the screens and sashes by accident. If you aren’t certain of doing it on your own, you can check with a window company in your area for help.
Step #4: Clean Frame and Trim
Create a mild solution of soap and water in a bucket. Rinse the window frame and trim with clear water before wiping it down with the solution. Use a sponge and soft brush to remove the dirt, and then rinse it with clear water. Once you’ve done that, you can wipe it dry with lint-free cloth.
Step #5: Clean the Glass
When it comes to cleaning the glass, on the other hand, you can use a solution of water and vinegar to clean the glass surface after you’ve rinsed it with clean water. After you’ve sprayed the solution, wipe it with a soft, clean cloth or a newspaper. For streak-free cleaning, make sure you wipe off the solution before it dries.
Step #6: Wash the Screen
After cleaning the glass, wash the screen by putting it in a tub or on the lawn. Gently spray it with water using a garden hose and a soft bristle brush before using a mixture of mild detergent. Once the screen is clean, rinse it with clear water, and let it dry.
Step #7: Clean the Tracks
Finally, clean out your window tracks and reinstall everything you’ve removed. If needed, use a vacuum to remove the dirt and a plastic putty knife to remove larger obstruction. Lubricate the track with a silicone spray, and wipe it with a clean cloth for a smoother operation if you have sliding windows. Afterwards, you can now replace what you removed.
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