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Caring For Your New Windows

Caring For Your New Windows

New windows will be one of your biggest investments into your home.  To keep your windows looking brand new year after year, don't forget to show them some attention on an annual basis. 

If you bought a brand new car, as much as the exterior and interior are maintenance free, you are still going to wash it and maintain it, as you have spent a lot of money on this car and you want  to keep it looking new and in good working order for a long time. If something isn't working properly you are going to contact your dealer to deal with the issue to keep your car in good working order. 

Windows are the same in a lot of ways. You have invested a lot money to upgrade your home and as much as they are virtually maintenance free, you are still going to wash them, check the seals and caulking, use the operators and lock handles properly to keep them looking new and performing to their true potential.  If you notice an issue with your windows, you will want to make us aware of it so that it can be resolved.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your windows looking good and performing at their top performance

  • Cleaning Your Vinyl Frame - Your vinyl frame can be cleaned using a mild soap and warm water or a mild spray cleaner. Use a clean cloth or a soft brush and make sure to rinse off all residual soap or detergent. For more stubborn stains, use a low abrasive cleanser such as a Vim cream cleanser. Do not use harsh abrasive cleaners, strong solvents, or strong pressure sprays as you may damage the vinyl frame. 
  • Cleaning Your Glass - We have all heard of that secret formula guaranteed to clean your glass and leave your windows streak free, but it doesn't have to be that complicated. The main thing is to avoid washing your windows in direct sunlight as the cleaner will dry quickly and leave a residue which can be hard to clean off, leaving streaks.  We find that plain old dish soap in warm water will generally do the trick.  Using a soft clean cloth or a sponge, wash your glass in a circular motion, rinse your cloth out in clean water, ring out as much excess water as you can and wipe off the soap residue from the glass and weatherstripping.  Let air dry.  

If you have very hard water, we suggest that you try cleaning your glass with a vinegar based spray cleaner with a soft lint free cloth.

To clean paint, grease, or caulking, use a mild abrasive such as Vim cream cleanser on a wet cloth applying only where necessary. Make sure to wash off with warm soapy water and rinse with clear water.   

  • Cleaning the Hardware of your window.  - It is important to keep tracks, hinges, rollers, gears, lock mechanisms and crank handles clean to allow for smooth operation and prevent excess wear and tear. Use a gentle household cleaner and soft cloth. Rinse well and wipe dry.                                                  

  • Cleaning Screens  - Screens can be dusted off by gently vacumming with a small soft brush. For a more thorough cleaning, wash screens with a mild mixture of soap and water and rinse in the shower. Dry carefully with towel or stand up to air dry before reinstalling or storing.