How To Clean Your New Vinyl Windows

• Although vinyl windows are virtually maintenance-free, a minimal amount of maintenance and cleaning is required to keep them looking fresh and new. 

• Vinyl and glass surfaces should be cleaned using a mild detergent then rinsed with clean water and wiped dry with a soft cloth. Do not use any type of harsh or abrasive cleaning substances or abrasive pads and do not use a pressure washer ever to clean windows or doors. 

• To clean screens, simply remove them, hose them off with water and leave them to air dry. Do not use a pressure washer or any cleaning solvents on screens. 

• Drainage channels and sweep holes must be kept clear of dirt, bugs, snow and ice to allow for proper drainage to the outside. 

• Operating hardware generally requires no maintenance or lubrication, but in rare cases or conditions, lubrication may be required. A light silicone lubricant is recommended. Occasionally hardware may fail if it been damaged. In this case, contact your local window dealer for replacement parts. 

Vinyl windows are a popular choice among homeowners due to their durability, energy efficiency, and low maintenance requirements. However, like all windows, they require regular cleaning to maintain their appearance and function properly. If you’ve recently installed new vinyl windows in your home, it’s important to know how to clean them properly to ensure they stay looking great for years to come. In this article, we’ll provide you with some tips and tricks on how to clean new vinyl windows.

Before we dive into the cleaning process, it’s important to note that vinyl windows should be cleaned regularly, ideally once every three months. This will help prevent dirt and grime buildup, which can make cleaning more difficult in the long run.

Step 1: Gather Supplies To clean your vinyl windows, you’ll need a few supplies:

  • Soft-bristled brush or microfiber cloth
  • Mild soap or detergent
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Squeegee or clean, lint-free cloth

Step 2: Remove Dust and Debris

Before you start cleaning your vinyl windows, it’s important to remove any loose dust and debris. Use a soft-bristled brush or a microfiber cloth to gently wipe away any dirt or debris on the frame and sash.

Step 3: Wash the Windows

Once you’ve removed any loose debris, it’s time to start washing the windows. Fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of mild soap or detergent. Dip your soft-bristled brush or microfiber cloth into the soapy water and gently scrub the window frame and sash.

Be careful not to use too much pressure when scrubbing, as this can damage the vinyl. Instead, use a gentle, circular motion to remove any dirt or grime. If you’re cleaning a larger window, it may be helpful to work in sections to prevent the soapy water from drying before you can rinse it off.

Step 4: Rinse the Windows

After you’ve washed the window frame and sash, it’s time to rinse away the soapy water. Fill a clean bucket with plain warm water and use a clean cloth or sponge to rinse away the soap. Again, it’s best to work in sections to prevent the water from drying before you can rinse it off.

Step 5: Dry the Windows

Finally, it’s time to dry the windows. You can use a squeegee or a clean, lint-free cloth to remove any excess water from the window surface. Be sure to work from the top of the window down to prevent drips and streaks.

If you’re using a squeegee, start at the top of the window and pull the squeegee down in a straight line, wiping the blade clean between each pass. If you’re using a cloth, start at the top of the window and work your way down, using a circular motion to remove any remaining water.

Step 6: Polish the Windows If you want to give your vinyl windows a little extra shine, you can polish them using a specialized vinyl cleaner or polish. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and avoid using any abrasive cleaners or tools that could damage the vinyl.

In conclusion, cleaning new vinyl windows is a simple process that can help keep them looking great for years to come. With the right supplies and a little bit of elbow grease, you can easily remove dirt, grime, and other debris from your windows, leaving them sparkling clean and looking like new. So, make sure to clean your windows regularly to ensure they stay in great condition and provide you with years of energy-efficient, low-maintenance performance.

If you’d like more tips on how to clean your new vinyl windows please contact us or visit Dan’s Discount Windows and Doors. Our trained professional window and door experts are knowledgeable and helpful.