Keeping your windows clean will help your home look and feel cleaner, help natural sunlight get in, and can be very important for people who suffer from allergies. While we at Progressive Insulation & Windows find that people often take the time to learn how to clean the glass in their windows and doors, they do not as often take the time to learn how to clean the frames. Read on for five tips and if you are in need of replacement doors or windows contact us at (800) 500-6200.
- Vacuum Dirt from the Sill
- Rinse Your Window Frames with Clear Water
- Wipe the Frames Dry
- Clean with Cleaner
- Make Sure All Drainage Holes Are Clear of Obstructions
Before you start rubbing anything down or getting anything wet, grab a dust buster or other small vacuum to get rid of dirt on the sill and track. This helps you prevent etching or otherwise damaging the window sill by dragging pieces of dirt, dust, and debris into your window frames.
Now grab a bowl of warm, clear water and rinse the window completely. This helps get rid of any other particles that could have been left behind.
Once you have wiped the window frames down with wet water, grab a dry microfiber cloth to dry the windows off. It may seem strange to do this before you are going to wash them again but this step is essential to be 100% confident that there are no dirt particles to scratch the frame.
Now it is time to clean the window frames with an appropriate cleaner. Do not use an abrasive or caustic cleaner. Do not use a solvent. As is true when you are cleaning the glass in your windows, you want to choose a mild, nonabrasive soap or detergent that is used for dirt and stain removal. If you are not sure that it is safe for use on your windows, try testing it in an inconspicuous area before using over your entire window frame.
Your windows should have draining or weep-holes. Find them and make sure that they are also clear of dirt or other obstructions. These weep-holes should be both inside and outside your window (or exterior door) at the bottom of the frame. If you have stacked windows then the weep-holes may be between different units.
If you have questions about cleaning your windows or doors contact Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200. You can also stop by our location to see some of our incredible inventory for yourself.