Easy Ways To Maintain Your Windows
If you’ve just had new windows installed in your home, here are a few tips on how to keep them looking newer for longer. While vinyl windows are known for being virtually maintenance-free, there are a few easy things that you can do to ensure your new windows stay in great shape:
1. Use your windows properly
While using your windows may seem self-explanatory, many homeowners don’t realize there are right and wrong ways to open windows. Casement windows, for example, should never be opened all the way. Fully opening casement windows puts pressure on the hinges from the wind and weight of the glass. You should only fully open casement windows for cleaning or in the case of an emergency; otherwise, keep them open on an angle. For other types of windows, avoid slamming them shut or forcing them open to prevent damage.
2. Avoid using pressure washers
Keeping your windows clean is a great way to keep them in good shape, but it’s important to clean them the right way. Many homeowners choose to clean their windows with pressure washers, but the pressure of the water can actually do more harm than good. Pressure washers can damage the seals on your windows, leading to potential rot or water damage. The high pressure can also compromise the integrity of double-pane windows, leading to fog between the panes of glass.
3. Avoid harsh chemicals
Unless recommended by the window manufacturer, you should never use strong chemicals to clean your windows. To clean vinyl and aluminum frames, use a mild detergent or soap (or no soap at all) to wipe away dust and dirt. Be especially careful with cleaners when it comes to cleaning painted windows as it can damage the paint or strip the colour. Avoid using too much water when cleaning wood windows, as this can encourage rotting and mould.
At Oakville Windows & Doors, we carry a wide range of easy to care for vinyl and wood windows that are durable and energy efficient. Contact us today for a free quote.