Installing beautiful windows goes a long way toward modernizing your home’s look. It is an investment that will affect how long they last, how good they look, and how well they function. Many window problems result from improper use or maintenance. With the right upkeep, you can keep your windows looking new for years to come.
Every type of window has unique maintenance needs. To care for your interior and exterior windows and have them looking and working their best, follow these tips:
Clean the Glass Often
Cleaning glass may seem simple, but there are some common mistakes you need to avoid. You should use a glass cleaner with a gentle microfiber cloth. An abrasive material will not clean your window any better, and it could leave it damaged.
In addition to abrasive cloths, do not use steel wool, razor blades, or knives on your window. You should also avoid harsh detergents and cleaners. Keeping the glass part of your windows clean helps moisture to drain. Sitting moisture can cause damage to your windows over time and give them a cloudy look.
Show the Whole Family How to Operate the Windows
You would be surprised by how many people damage windows by operating them the wrong way. Most people do not even notice that misusing windows puts stress on them.
Ask the installer to demonstrate how to operate the windows when you have them put up. If your windows are already installed, look up online instructions for your window type. After you know how to use your windows correctly, show the rest of your family.
Clean the Exterior Vinyl Frame
On top of cleaning your interior frame, you should also keep your outer vinyl windowpane clean. It does not need to be on your weekly to-do list, but you should do it at least a few times per year.
As with the interior frame, use a gentle soap with water. Harsh abrasives, acid cleaners, acidic solvents, and pressure-washing can all damage or discolour the seal on your vinyl. Be sure to use a soft cloth on these exteriors parts of your windows as well.
When you’re finished cleaning, be sure to rinse off all soap. Soap residue can dry as an unattractive coating in the harsh sun.
Clean the Interior Vinyl Frame Regularly
The vinyl frame of your window can become discoloured if it is not cleaned correctly. Besides, if you have a beautiful new window, you don’t want to sully its look with a dusty frame.
To clean your vinyl frame use a mild solution of soapy water. Don’t use acid cleaners, strong solvents, or abrasive materials. This can damage the vinyl, and your efforts will do more harm than good.
Lubricate the Hardware
One of the most important ways to keep your vinyl window working correctly is to lubricate the hardware. This includes the hinge and any other moving pieces.
Before you lubricate, always clean off any dust and dirt. Wipe down the hardware with soapy water and rinse off any soap residue.
Be sure to use silicone-based lubricants, not petroleum-based, for hinges, rollers, and metal tilt latches. A small amount goes a long way. While there is not a set schedule to follow, lubricate your hardware any time it does not operate as smoothly as it should. This helps to avoid unnecessary stress on the device. It is also important to be careful when you’re cleaning the hardware. Do not use citrus cleaners, vinegar, abrasive solutions, or ammonia.
Call Northern Windows and Doors to ensure all of the openings in your home are in excellent condition, or to install new ones in the Edmonton area. We can service any windows and doors – even patio doors.