Cleaning and Caring for Your Replacement Windows
Once you have had your beautiful new replacement windows installed, you will want to keep them looking clean – and extend their life expectancy with proper care!
This cleaning and care guide will provide you with everything you need to know about how to accurately tend to your replacement windows. Use these tips to keep your windows looking and functioning their best for as long as possible!
Regularly Clean Your Replacement Window Glass
The number one -and perhaps most obvious- tip for treating your replacement windows is to keep the glass clean.
Apply a generous amount of store-bought glass cleaner (or, if you’re feeling thrifty, a solution of 90% water and 10% vinegar will suffice) onto the glass. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners, as they can leave unwanted marks on the glass. Use a squeegee, lint-free cloth, or paper tower to wipe the glass clean.
If you’re looking to remove caulk, sealant, or dried paint from your replacement window glass, scrub the surface with a small amount of warmed vinegar or denatured alcohol. If the substance has caked onto the replacement window glass too thickly, you can gently scrape the surface with a single-edge razor blade.
To get rid of adhesives or crayon marks, scrub with glass cooktop cleaner using a clean, wet cloth until the unwanted markings are a thing of the past.
Replacement Window Care Guidelines
Here’s the best tips for keeping your replacement windows operating smoothly:
– Avoid using extreme force- always open and close your replacement windows gently.
– Only ever use the attached operator handle to operate awning and casement windows from the inside.
– When opening or closing your replacement windows, apply even pressure to both sides of a single or double-hung sash. You may also apply pressure to the direct center of the sash.
– Do not attempt to latch your replacement windows until you are sure the window is completely closed.
– Take great care to ensure no one ever pulls, swings, or leans on casement window stabilizer arms or open sashes.
Maintaining Your New Replacement Windows
Keep your replacement windows operating smoothly with occasional maintenance. Here are a few things you should do roughly once a year to keep your replacement windows working their best:
– Use a damp cloth to wipe off dirt and dust from the interior of the window frame.
– Use a vacuum to remove dust, dirt, cobwebs, and other debris from the tracks on which the sash operates.
– Use a silicone spray to lubricate the tracks, as needed. It won’t attract dust and dirt!
Make sure to keep the operating parts of casement and awning widows clean. These include -but aren’t limited to- pivot puns, crank gears, and sash locks. After cleaning, apply a penetrating lubricant, such as lithium or silicone spray. Avoid using weather-stripping with lithium spray as this diminishes its effectiveness.
When you notice dirt building up on the exterior factory-finish, use mild detergent and water to clean it. Immediately after, rinse with clean water and wipe down with a clean, lint-free cloth.
Preventing Window Condensation
If condensation is forming on the inside of a replacement window pane, it means you have too high of an indoor humidity level. This can result in moisture dripping down from the glass onto the windowsill, which in turn can result in mold growth and even rot.
To keep your indoor humidity levels under control, be sure to employ the exhaust vent when your shower or cook. You can also cut down on humidity by ventilating your dryer to the exterior of your home and, of course, by running a dehumidifier as necessary. For a short-term solution, leave a window open while running moisture-producing appliances like washing machines or dishwashes, as well as while showering.
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