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Vinyl window frames are a great investment for your Arizona home for many reasons, and we like to consider maintenance to be one of those many reasons! Due to the slick nature of the vinyl material, these frames are shockingly fast and easy to clean for a lifetime of beauty and easy functionality.
To make the most of your investment, we have put together some recommended methods of cleaning for your new replacement windows, doors, glass and screens!
Cleaning Vinyl Frames
For regular cleaning and maintenance on vinyl windows or doors, we recommend using a mild soap and water mixture, and a soft cloth or a soft-bristled cleaning brush. If you chose an AZ color coat for your exterior frame, you may use the following cleaning products:
Windex® and Formula 409®
Glass Cleaning Recommendations
For the best results, we recommend using a home-made solution using 70% water and 30% white vinegar, but if you prefer a pre-made cleaning solution, Windex or any ammonia-free glass cleaner will work! Always use a soft cloth or paper towels and rub your chosen cleaning product into the glass, using strokes in various directions to eliminate streaking. Once you have applied the solution, make sure to thoroughly dry the window.
Screen Cleaning Recommendations
To start, you will need to remove the screen from the window frame. We recommend doing one window screen at a time, to help you keep track of the window frame that the screen came from.
After removing the screen, you will need to mix a small amount of dish soap with warm water.
Using a cleaning brush with very soft bristles, gently scrub the soap/water solution into the window screen.
After scrubbing the screen, clean it off by rinsing the screen under warm water to remove any leftover soap. Once you have rinsed the screen, let it dry completely before placing it back into the proper window frame.
Things to avoid when cleaning your windows and doors
Pressure Washers: Washing your windows with a pressure washer may seem like a good idea to save time, but in fact, using this method of cleaning can actually damage the caulking and glazing on your windows and doors.
Harsh Cleaning Products: Using chemicals and products such as bleach, adhesive removers, nail polish remover, furniture polish, and any other harsh detergent can damage your vinyl window frames and is not recommended. Also, do not use abrasive cleaning products on glass.
Take a look at this helpful video to learn more about proper window care and maintenance!