How to Properly Clean Your New Windows and Doors

Vinyl windows are very popular with homeowners because they are long-lasting and easy to maintain with proper care.  Ideally, your windows and doors should be cleaned once or twice a year.  For best results, do not clean glass when it is exposed to direct sunlight.

Things you’ll need:

  • Soft microfiber cloth
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Vinegar or glass cleaner
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap (optional)
  • Vacuum with soft brush attachment

Interior screens and frames should be vacuumed using a soft brush attachment.  Additional dirt can be cleaned with dish soap and warm water.  On a slider window all tracks need to be free of dirt and dust.

Clean glass from top to bottom with a mixture of dish soap and water. Use a soft cloth and clean in a circular motion until all dirt and debris has been removed.  If you wish, you can use a glass cleaner or vinegar and paper towels for a streak-free finish.  Avoid alcohol-based cleaners as they can leave streaks.

To remove water spots try using Murphy’s Oil Soap. Mix 1 tsp. of this soap with 1 gallon of water. Using your soft cloth, apply this mixture to the windows in smooth, circular patterns.  If you have mould or mildew, it can be treated with a mixture of 30 percent vinegar to 70 percent water. Using this mixture will remove any existing mould or mildew, and also help prevent it from growing back.  Do not wash windows with high pressure spray.

It’s also important to lubricate the operating components of your windows and doors.  A silicone spray can be used on arms, handles, hinges, screws, rubber seals, lock cylinders and other operating components.  This provides a protective coating and allows for easier operation.

Inspecting the interior and exterior caulking on a yearly basis for any cracks or missing sections is also essential.  You want to ensure things are air tight and no water penetration is present.  Remember that good yearly maintenance increases the longevity of your windows and doors.