Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Vinyl Replacement Windows

Vinyl windows are some of the most affordable, versatile, and energy efficient replacement windows in El Cajon, CA. What they may lack in modern elegance they more than make up for in energy efficiency, weather resistance, and easy maintenance. You will never need to sand and repaint vinyl windows. The material does not peel, pit, rust, rot, or warp. Your biggest concern is probably going to be dirt and grime. That is easy enough to take care of if you follow these easy cleaning and maintenance tips.

Tools You Will Need
There is no reason to go all out on expensive cleaning products and fancy tools. Instead, you will need:
Soft cloth or sponge
Soft bristle brush
Mild detergent (like dish soap or baby soap)
Clean towel
Glass cleaner
Lint free cloth
Plastic putty knife
Silicone lubricant

Never use pressure washers, razor blades, abrasive cleaners, bleach or other strong chemicals to clean your windows. They can cause irreparable damage to your windows and you will have to get them replaced, yet again.

1. Remove Screens
First thing, prepare your windows by removing the screens and sashes that you can. Carefully prop them up in the bathtub or shower, or lay them out on a flat surface to clean after you wash the window frames.

2. Wash the Frames
With the mild soap and warm water, wash down the frames using the soft cloth, sponge, or soft bristle brush. Don’t let soapy water run down the frame and collect in the bottom of the window sill. Work quickly and efficiently, cleaning, rinsing with clear water, and drying with the towel.

3. Clean the Glass
Use a generic glass cleaner or mix up your own by combing 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water. Spray it on the glass and quickly wipe away with a lint-free cloth or newspaper. Then, for a streak free shine, come back when the glass is completely dry and buff the surface with a clean chalkboard eraser.

4. Clear and Lubricate the Tracks
Using the vacuum and a soft bristle brush clean away any dirt or debris collected in the track. To dislodge more stubborn dirt you can use the plastic putty knife. Once you remove the dirt you can use the silicone spray to lubricate the track. But don’t spray it directly. Instead, spray the lubricant into a cloth and wipe down the track. This will prevent overspray so you don’t have to wash your windows again.

5. Clean and Replace the Screens
The last thing is to wash, rinse, and dry the screens. Again, use the mild detergent and water to remove dirt. Then rinse gently with clear water from the shower or hose. Prop the screens back up, and when they are completely dry you can insert them back into the window frames.

If you have more questions about maintaining your vinyl replacement windows in El Cajon, CA call us at (760) 598-6422. The personable and helpful team at Pelican Replacement Windows will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Stop by 2210 La Mirada Dr., Vista, CA 92081 to learn more about our premium replacement window products.

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