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What Kind of Care and Maintenance Do Replacement Windows Need?
One of the best qualities about vinyl replacement windows is the relatively little maintenance they require. However, just like any product, there is still some care that is required to keep your windows looking their best and operating in an optimal manner.
Cleaning Your Vinyl Replacement Windows
Let’s start with how to clean your new windows. Of course, you’ll want to keep the glass clean so your windows will allow in the most natural light possible, but you’ll also want to clean your windows’ tracks, frames, and weep holes.
The best product for cleaning the glass in your windows is a mixture of dish soap and water. Never use abrasive cleaners (like Comet) or cleaners containing caustic chemicals, such as bleach or ammonia-based products. These products can cause scratching or etching on your glass, and it will never be the same again. You should also never use a razor blade to try to remove stubborn items like paint splatters. If you do get something on your windows that requires more than soap and water, try using a mixture of hot water and vinegar. Dip a soft rag in the mixture and rub the paint until it is loosened from the glass.
If you have sliding windows or patio doors, you should regularly clean the tracks so they can continue to slide freely when you want to open or close them. You should start by vacuuming loose dirt and debris from the tracks. Then, go over them with a rag or sponge dipped in soapy water. Finally, rinse with clean water and wipe dry. This should be done at least once per year, and even more often if you live in a particularly dusty area.
To clean your window screens, you should carefully remove them, and then wash them with soap and water using a soft brush or rag. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry with a towel.
Finally, you should occasionally check the weep holes in your new windows. You can do this by pouring a small amount of water in the corner of the window track. If the water flows out freely from the hole in the bottom of the exterior frame, your weep holes are clear! If the water backs up, it means your weep holes have been clogged with debris. Use a small bottle brush to clean out the weep hole, and then flush it out with water. Doing this will help to keep water out of your home on rainy days.
Adjusting the Rollers on Your Sliding Patio Doors or Replacement Windows
If you find that your sliding patio door or sliding window isn’t opening and closing as smoothly as it should, you may need to adjust its rollers. This is a fairly simple process that only requires the use of a Phillips head screwdriver. Open the window or door slightly and locate the screws at the top and bottom of each end. Rotate the screws to move the rollers up and down until the door or window is parallel to the side of the frame.
For more detailed information on any of the above points, you can reference the replacement window and door care and maintenance page on our website. This page features several helpful videos that can help you clean and maintain your windows and doors using the best methods and products.
Replacement windows and doors are a substantial investment for most San Diego families. Make sure you keep your windows and doors in top condition by employing the simple tactics listed above. If you ever have any questions about how to best care for your new windows and doors, you can always contact us at BM Windows and we will be happy to talk you through it!