Of all the materials you could use the protect your Renewal by Andersen replacement windows, vinyl is one of the strongest and most versatile out there. Vinyl frames aren’t just impervious to scratches, they’re also incredibly long lasting and come at a great price. It’s not hard to see why so many homeowners opt for vinyl while window shopping for the best frame materials. But even though vinyl is a strong material that doesn’t require too much maintenance, it does require a bit of care now and then, especially if you want your investment to keep paying off for years to come. Cleaning your vinyl window frames isn’t difficult to do. However, if you neglect cleaning and maintenance for too long, you could end up with dirty, sticky frames that could affect the health of your windows. Don’t assume that your frames don’t need to be taken care of. If you want your windows to last, here’s what you need to do to keep them in good shape.
Dust or Vacuum
You might think you can approach the issue of dirty vinyl frames with nothing but a towel and spray bottle in hand. But not so fast: When it comes to keeping your frames clean, you don’t want to start off with wet cleaners. Since vinyl can attract a lot of dust and dirt, you want to begin by dusting and vacuuming everything off so that you’ll be left with a smooth surface to treat. It won’t do you much good to just attack your dirty frames with a liquid cleaner. You’ll end up not doing much more than moving all the dirt around. Vacuuming up all the excess dirt and dust, however, either with a small vacuum attachment or duster, will leave you with a much easier surface to treat. You also won’t have to spend as much time scrubbing and putting pressure on your frames.
Create a Gentle Cleaning Solution
Vinyl may be a resilient surface, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t approach it gently. Using a mild cleaning product like diluted dish soap or a gentle powder cleanser, treat your vinyl with care and use a sparing coat of product for your first go around. Don’t over-treat or soak your windows with cleaner. This will most likely leave you with a scummy, soapy residue that will allow dirt and dust to cling to it. You also don’t want to be left with a streaky mess after cleaning. Use a microfiber towel or something similarly gentle to spread your product around. For this project, it might be best to clean your frames first and then start on the glass itself, since you’ll probably be making more work for yourself if you do it the other way around. Keep everything as dry as possible, and use a squeegee tool or gentle cloth to dry.
Don’t Use an Abrasive Cleaning Pad
While vinyl is famous for being scratch-proof, it’s still vulnerable to damage. That means that if you don’t have to use a harsh, abrasive Brillo pad or steel wool to deal with dirt, you shouldn’t. Instead, use gentle cleaners to soak and remove dirt easily. Even if you end up with a greasy-looking dirt and dust mixture on your frames, it should be easy enough to get off without resorting to a harsh scrubbing tool.
Dry Everything Off
In addition to treating your frames the right way, you’ll also want to make sure that you’ve let your windows dry completely before you install them again. However, this can prove trickier than it sounds. If you’re trying to get a completely clean, streak-free dry, it’s not enough to spray some cleaner and wipe it around with a paper towel or cloth. Using a tool like a squeegee or a dry sponge can help you create a clean, grime-free finish rather than leaving you with cloudy residue. Remember not to use too much soap and to rinse your cleaner off thoroughly before drying, this will also help get you a clean, clear surface.
Use Polish to Protect
Your final step may well be the most important in the process. After you’ve cleaned and dried your vinyl frames, you’ll need to use vinyl polish to seal and protect your materials. Using this polish will help your frames stay strong. You should also use a UV protectant spray to help your window stay strong against the sun’s rays and to protect your home from sun damage. After you’ve treated your window and frames, you’ll be left with a fully protected, streak-free shine on your windows.