Windows invite natural light and beauty into your home and reflect your personal style. And, of course, sparkling windows require proper maintenance to stay in pristine condition.
Cleaning glass is a simple task that is the same for all types of windows. But when it comes to the material surrounding the glass, it's important to consider the specific components of your windows and doors.
In this post, we will offer instructions on how to clean vinyl, aluminum, wood, or aluminum-clad wood windows and doors to help maintain their beauty.
How To Clean Glass
Before we get into cleaning each window material, it's important to cover the basics. Cleaning windows starts with a few basic supplies: a soft cloth, warm water, mild detergent (such as dish soap), and a squeegee or microfiber cloth for drying. When selecting cleaning products, be sure to use one that is compatible with your window's material.
Test any cleaning product on an inconspicuous area before using it.
Avoid harsh chemicals, such as acids or abrasives.
Dry, overcast days are always preferable for window washing.
Sunny days can cause streaky windows since the cleaner dries too quickly.
Vinyl Windows and Doors
Vinyl windows and doors are easy to clean and require very little maintenance. To keep your vinyl windows looking their best, use a soft cloth or brush and warm water with a mild detergent. Gently scrub the window frame with circular motions and rinse it off with a garden hose or bucket of water. Use a squeegee or microfiber cloth to dry the window.
When cleaning a sliding patio door, spray or apply the cleaner onto one side of the door and slide it over to clean the other side.
Aluminum Windows and Doors
The best way to clean aluminum windows & doors is with a non-abrasive liquid cleaner or mild detergent. Use a soft cloth and warm water, then rinse it off with a garden hose or bucket of water. Over time, your aluminum windows will lose some of their shine. Moreover, oxidation can occur. So, if you want to restore the aluminum's finish, use a metal polish made specifically for aluminum.
Wood Windows and Doors
Regular maintenance is key for wood windows & doors. To clean them, use a mild detergent with a soft cloth or brush and warm water. Do not use any type of abrasive scrubber, as this could damage the wood. Rinse off the window with a garden hose or bucket of water and use a squeegee or microfiber cloth to dry it off.
Aluminum-Clad Wood Windows and Doors
To clean aluminum-clad wood windows and doors, use a non-abrasive liquid cleaner or a mild detergent with a soft cloth and warm water. Rinse off the window with a garden hose or bucket of water and use a squeegee or microfiber cloth to dry it off. Clad surfaces exposed to sunlight can fade and become dull. Even with proper maintenance, this is a natural occurrence. To restore the original finish, use a metal polish made specifically for aluminum.
With proper cleaning and maintenance, you can keep your windows and doors looking just as beautiful as they were when they were first installed. Windows are essential to brighten up any space and improve energy efficiency.
We hope this guide has proven helpful in the care and maintenance of your windows & doors! For any additional questions or advice, contact one of our experts at Concept Windows & Doors. We are happy to help keep your home looking its best.