At Integrity Windows in Lakewood, Ohio we have coined the phrase “Windober” or “Windowber” to remind our friends throughout the Cleveland area that October is the month for windows – “window” and “October” = Windowber. If you’ve recently bought new vinyl replacement windows, below is how you’ll want to take care of them in celebration of Windober, and if you haven’t yet replaced your windows (vinyl replacement windows or wooden replacement windows) then learn why October is the Best Month to Buy New Replacement Windows.
Take Care of your Vinyl Replacement Windows in Windowber:
So did you just get new vinyl replacement windows? Congrats! We are excited for you to go through winter and notice the huge difference your new energy efficient vinyl replacement windows make in the comfort level and energy bills this year. You’re probably also wanting to know how you can get your new windows through their first winter.
So October is the best time to take a look and see what you can do for proper care before the winter sets in and the holiday season keeps you busy.
BASIC CLEANING of YOUR NEW VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOWS
Wash your vinyl windows using mild detergent (if necessary) and a soft cloth. Do not wash the windows with a high pressure spray. The extreme pressure could crack or destroy the caulking around the window. For difficult to remove dirt and stains use the readily available household cleaners listed below. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on use of the cleaners. In some cases you may wish to use a mildly abrasive cleaner such as Soft Scrub, but the use of any abrasive material could scratch the surface of the glass and window frame.
Do not use liquid grease remover, strong soaps and detergents containing organic solvents, nail polish remover, furniture polish, or cleaners containing chlorine bleach. These items could affect the surface appearance of the vinyl.
Recommended Cleaners to Remove Stains From Vinyl Window Frames:
- Bubble Gum: Choose Fantastik, Murphy Oil Soap, solution of 30% vinegar and 70% water or Windex
- Crayon: Lestoil, DAP (oil based caulk) or Fantastik
- Felt-tip pen: Use Fantastik or water based cleaners
- Grass Stains: Try Fantastik, Lysol, Murphy Oil Soap or Windex
- For Lipstik on Your Vinyl Window Frames: Try Fantastik, Lysol or Murphy Oil Soap
- To Remove Mold and Mildew: Use Fantastik, solution of 30% vinegar and 70% water or Windex
- Motor Oil Stain: Choose Fantastik, Lysol, Murphy Oil Soap, Windex Oil or Soft Scrub
- To Remove Paint from Vinyl Window Frames: Lightly Use a Brillo Pad or Magic Eraser careful not to scratch finish
- Pencil: Try Soft Scrub
- Rust: Use Fantastic, Murphy Oil Soap or Windex
- Tar: Soft Scrub
- Top Soil: Fantastic, Lestoil, Murphy Oil Soap
In the worst case, if a stain refuses to come off your vinyl window frames, use mineral spirits or a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.. Make sure that after using one of these, that you wash the area with soap and water and wipe clean.