Spring has come to Milwaukee, and with it, spring cleaning. If you have new vinyl windows, you might be wondering what that entails. Vinyl windows are known for being low maintenance, but they will need occasional cleaning and care to keep them in good shape for years to come. In this blog, we’ll cover what cleaners to use and how to care for your vinyl windows, as well as what not to do in your vinyl window care.
The Dos of Vinyl Window Care
Vinyl windows are easy to clean, and will take very little time out of your spring cleaning schedule. The key is to keep the frames and glass clear of any buildup and to make sure they’re properly sealed, so as to avoid drafts. The better the seal of the windows, the easier they will be to clean. Here’s what you’ll want to do.
- DO use a gentle cleaner. Chemical cleaners aren’t really necessary to clean your windows — and can actually be detrimental to your new vinyl windows. A mixture of dish soap and warm water with a sponge or microfiber cloth should be all you need to remove any residue from your window.
- DO check weatherstripping and caulk. Weatherstripping can help to further insulate your window, but over time, it can begin to peel. Be sure to check your weatherstripping any time you clean your windows to make sure it’s still in good shape. Check for cracks or peeling in window caulk as well.
- DO rinse and dry thoroughly. Even with a gentle cleaner, you still want to make sure you rinse the cleaner off the window thoroughly and let it dry evenly so as to avoid unattractive streaks on the window.
- DO clean your windows regularly. Just wiping down the glass and frame for a couple minutes a week will help to extend the life of your new vinyl windows for years to come. It will also make your maintenance shorter each week if it becomes a regular habit.
The Don’ts of Vinyl Window Care
Regular care for your vinyl windows is important, but caring for them in the wrong way could do more harm than good. When caring for your vinyl windows, here’s what you want to avoid.
- DON’T use harsh chemical cleaners. Chemical cleaners can wear down the material of your windows. They can hurt the aesthetic and the seal, and even diminish the overall lifespan of your window.
- DON’T use a power washer. Power washers can lead to quick clean when it comes to the outdoor portion of window cleaning, but they pack a little too much power. They can damage window frames as well as caulking and weatherstripping. And like chemical cleaners, they’re not really necessary.
- DON’T clean in direct sunlight. Try to clean your windows on a cloudy day or a part of the day when the sun isn’t shining directly into them. This will help to avoid glares, as well as streaks that sometimes occur when the window dries too quickly. You also want to avoid cleaning windows in too-hot or too-cold conditions, as this can impact how quickly or slowly it dries.
Have any more questions about the care of new vinyl windows for your Milwaukee home? Contact Homesealed Exteriors today for more information.