Care and Maintenance
Vinyl replacement windows and doors offer the least worry and maintenance when compared to their wood and metal counterparts. However, some simple maintenance will still be required from time to time. Keeping your windows and doors operating smoothly and looking great is easy by following these tips:
- Vacuum dirt and debris from sill and track areas before washing.
- Clean glass and window or doorframe with a mixture of mild dish soap and water. Rinse completely with clear water then wipe dry with a soft cloth to avoid water spots.
- Avoid washing glass in direct sunlight
- Abrasive or caustic cleaners or solvents are never recommended because they might cause permanent damage to the frame finish or the glass.
- Mild, nonabrasive soaps are usually safest for most dirt and stain removal, but as with any cleaner, they should be tested in an inconspicuous area first.
- Always rinse completely with clear water and wipe dry if possible.
- Check to make sure that drainage or “weep” holes are always clear of dirt or obstructions–both inside and outside the window or door in the bottom of the frame.
- Clean screens by first removing, then washing on a flat, clean surface with mild soap and water with a soft brush. Rinse, wipe dry and reinstall.
- Remember, using mildly abrasive cleaner can have a negative effect on the surface of glass and window or door frames.
- Windows and doors with moving parts include hardware components that should be lubricated periodically. In salt air environments this can mean at least monthly.
- After wiping clean, use a silicone spray (with a non-petroleum-based propellant) on door or sliding window tracks, rollers and locking hardware.