Most windows, regardless of material, need regular maintenance to preserve their performance and beauty. That said, one of the main reasons homeowners choose vinyl windows in Richardson, TX is because they require less work. With wood or metal frames, you have to sand and repaint them to keep them looking new. But the properties of construction grade polyvinyl chloride (PVC) make vinyl windows impervious to rusting, warping, and rotting. All these windows need is a little care and cleaning to stay looking like new. The process is as follows.
Tools for Routine Care and Maintenance
- Spray bottle
- Mild detergent (like baby shampoo)
- Several soft, clean, lint—free cloths
- Soft sponge
- Common glass cleaner or vinegar
- Vacuum cleaner
- Silicone lubricant
- Plastic putty knife
The natural characteristics of vinyl prevent the buildup of grease and stains. However, abrasives can dull your window’s finish. So prepare a gentle, non—abrasive cleaning solution. Use a wet rag to rinse the vinyl surfaces. Then, clean it using a damp cloth and the mild cleanser. Quickly use the sponge to rinse with clean water. Wipe dry with a lint—free cloth.
To prepare your cleaning solution mix ¼ cup vinegar with 4 cups water. Otherwise, use a commercial glass cleaning solution. Check the glass for chips or cracks and look for any signs of moisture between the panes. If normal, spray the glass with the cleaning agent and promptly wipe it with a clean cloth. Do not let any run—down collect or puddle in the crevices or on the vinyl surfaces. And do not let the cleaning solution dry on the glass. Repeat until clean and dry the frame with a separate cloth. Persistent stains might require commercial grade cleansers. Do not allow chemicals like toluene, mineral spirits, or naphtha to come in contact with vinyl surfaces. To remove dried latex paint, soak with the warm water and baby soap. Then softly scrape away with a plastic putty knife before cleaning. For oil and grease stains use baking soda and water, but do not scour the surface.
First inspect the screens for any cuts, holes, or scratches. Then remove screens and place them in the bathtub, shower, out on the lawn or another flat surface. Do not use a power—washer or hose attachment. Gently spray the screens with warm water. Use a soft bristle brush and mild soap to lightly remove stubborn dirt. Rinse the screens clean and when dry, reinstall them.
The regular removal of dirt and debris will keep your vinyl windows operating smoothly. Once the sashes and screens are removed, clean the sill track with a vacuum. Use the plastic putty knife to remove any stubborn obstructions. Then, wipe them with a soft cloth. Once clean and dry, spray a silicone lubricant on a clean cloth. Wipe it onto the track. Reinstall the sashes and test the performance. The sashes should move easily and smoothly.
Vinyl windows in Richardson, TX are designed to deliver the most reliable performance. With routine care and maintenance, they can endure for many years. Interested in getting vinyl windows in your home? Contact us at Foster Exteriors. You can call us at (214) 319—8400 or come by our office at 1350 N. Buckner Blvd. #216 Dallas, TX 75218.