Window Repair & CleaningWindows are one of the biggest must-cleans when it comes to spring cleaning, and not just the glass, but all their crevices, which are typically full of dust and dirt by the time winter has come to an end. Giving those crevices a good clean-out will keep mold and mildew from forming and and add to the appreciation of your quality windows.  Most cleaning experts will recommend cleaning the window casing, sill and track, once in the spring and once before winter. The easiest way to achieve this spring cleaning window task is to first use a stick vacuum to vacuum out all that dust and dirt that collected over the winter and then then scrub with soap and water, using Q-tips can be used to get in those hard-to-reach places.

Silicone Lubricant Keep Vinyl Windows Functioning Properly

Cleveland Window Repair & CleaningWhile you’re tackling the spring cleaning it’s a good idea to lubricate your vinyl windows, whether they are sliders, casements, or tilt-in single or double hung, to keep them from getting stuck, or becoming difficult to slide open and closed.  Here’s an easy step by step “how-to” to keep your vinyl windows operating at their best:

Step 1:
First you need maximum access to all points of friction – the window’s balance mechanism and track (the area where the window slides up and down or back and forth). If you have horizontal windows you’ll want to remove the sash by lifting up while pulling out. If you have single or double-hung windows, tilt inward and for casement windows, slide them open to allow the best access to window tracks and the window frame where the sash slides open and closed.

Step 2: Vacuum dirt, dust and debris from inside the window track and around the window sash and frame. Clean the window tracks and frame of dust, dirt and debris. Use our Q-tip technique above for hard to reach spots.

Step 3: Use a simple cleaning solution of 1 1/2 cups of vinegar, or 1 teaspoon of baby shampoo, mixed with a gallon of hot water, dipping your cleaning cloth in the solution to wipe away the dirt and mold build-up.  Rinse and wipe dry. Never use a caustic substance, an abrasive or a solvent on vinyl windows. Bleach and other caustics, solvents and abrasives can damage the vinyl and cause yellowing. 

 Step 4: Spray your silicone lubricant onto a dry rag and wipe the lubricant onto the track of the window and along the jamb liner where the sash slides open and closed. For windows with an exposed balance coil, spray lightly onto the balance. Avoid spraying lubricant directly onto the vinyl window. Silicone lubricant can leave a permanent mark on the glass as well as a greasy mess on the vinyl that is difficult to clean.

Step 5: Now it’s time to put the windows back together, reinstall the sash on horizontal sliders, or tilt double hung windows back in. Open and close the window several times to distribute the lubricant evenly.

Rely on Integrity Windows for Vinyl Window Maintenance & Repair

Taking good care of your windows is the best way to make sure you not only enjoy the investment for years to come but that your replacement windows will mean more to whoever owns the home next.  So follow these steps each year to ensure you keep your new vinyl windows functioning at their best and enjoy them for years to come.  And as always, feel free to call our team at Integrity Windows with any questions about your replacement window maintenance or window repair, or fill out our contact us form with questions or to request a free estimate and window consultation.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Windows – Not Just the Glass
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