Windows perform many functions. They improve the value of the home and are also important in ensuring the security of the inhabitants of the home, as well as their properties. Windows need to be maintained regularly to keep them in good working condition. In this article, the various maintenance routines for different kinds of windows are highlighted.
Maintenance of Vinyl Windows
Vinyl windows have a natural lubricating ability that prevents dirt, stains, and grease from penetrating the surface. Abrasives can, however, dull the finish. Thus, cream wax cleaner can be used to clean such types of windows. To remove stubborn spots, non-abrasive cleaners should be used. Slight scratches can be removed by polishing them out with a small amount of scouring powder. Cream wax or polish can then be used to finish off the cleaning process.
Maintenance of PVC
Soap and water can be used to clean the PVC. Other acceptable cleaners include turpentine or denatured alcohol. Common household cleaners can be used for removing stubborn stains.
Maintenance of Screens
Spray your screens with water to remove dust from them. You can also vacuum them to keep them dust free.
Maintenance of Double-Hung Windows
These forms of windows can also be cleaned with soap and water or other glass-cleaning agents. To tilt in the bottom sash, the bottom sash should be raised approximately 3 inches from the sill. Then, slide the tilt latches with your fingertips on both sides of the sash and then tilt the sash inwards. While cleaning, the center of the sash should be resting on your knee or the sill. The corner of the sash should not be laid on any object that will not support the other corner.
To tilt in the top sash, pull it down until it stops. Then slide the top sash latches toward the center while the sash is tilted inward. The top sash can then be cleaned just as it was explained for the bottom sash above.