Vinyl windows already trump their contemporaries simply because of their low-maintenance features. Coupled with new advances in vinyl manufacturing technologies, vinyl remains the top choice in American homes because of its install-and-forget nature.
That said, you still need to maintain your vinyl windows to make them last for longer than their usual shelf life. At Woodbridge Home Exteriors, we have just the right advice for you.
Gather Your Tools
Vinyl isn’t picky when it comes to cleaning. You can simply mix dish detergent and water as a regular cleaning solution. For stubborn stains, such as grease or mildew, you can use a solution of vinegar and water at a ratio of 30 percent and 70 percent, respectively. Choose a soft, non-abrasive cloth to wipe the solution off the window. For dirt lodged between seams, a soft bristle brush can do the trick.
For exterior cleaning, use a long-handled brush and a detergent-water solution. A garden hose can rinse the lather away, starting from the top running to the bottom. In general, you can clean your windows as you would your vinyl siding.
Depending on the window type, some operable windows (like double-hung or casement) can be easily cleaned by tilting them. Use a soft cloth and your detergent mixture and dry them with a clean cloth.
A Few Things to Remember
If you’re purchasing an off-the-shelf cleaning product, always check the label to see if it complies with health and environmental regulations. For starters, avoid anything with acids or strong solvents, which may contain harmful chemicals. Abrasive brushes or cleaning pads can also scratch vinyl windows, especially those that have a special layer on top of them.
In addition, do not remove stickers put there by the manufacturer. These may contain warranties or other certifications.
Woodbridge Home Exteriors can help you find the vinyl product that’s right for your home. Whether they’re windows or you need help with siding installation, you can contact us and we’ll be glad to assist you. Call us today at (800) 728-3502 to learn more about our products and services. We serve discerning homeowners in Arlington, Dallas, and Topeka, KS.