With the warm weather on its way, now is the time enjoy your outdoor living space.
Here are our tips on how to make the most of your view!
Best Practices for Cleaning Windows
- Wash your products with light pressure. Excessive scrubbing can lead to damage.
- Clean and rinse each window or door individually to prevent cleaning agents from permeating for long periods of time.
- Be mindful of what chemicals you use to clean your aluminum framing. Some chemicals can be extremely corrosive to your frames.
- Avoid leaning on the screens of your window or door.
Avoid Using These Tools or Products
Do not use the items below on your windows, screens, doors, or hardware. These improper tools may void your warranty and/or damage your products.
- Power washer or garden hose
- Metal tools or sharp objects, like razor blades, putty knives, and abrasive pads
- Petroleum-based products, abrasive or caustic cleaners/solvents, and hydrochloric/phosphoric acid
When Should You Clean Your Windows?
The manufacturer recommends that you clean your windows, doors, and other parts of the structure at least twice a year. To get the best results in a coastal area like the Grand Strand, the recommendation is to clean them at least once a month. More frequent cleanings may be necessary depending on the specific location of your home.
How to Clean the Window Glass
- Begin by rinsing your glass with clean water to remove dirt and dust particles that can cause scratches during the cleaning process. As mentioned above, avoid using a power washer or garden hose.
- Apply a soft, water-saturated cloth or a pre-mixed glass cleaner to the surface. If you are using a pre-mixed glass cleaner, be sure to follow the printed instructions carefully.
- Rinse your glass thoroughly with clean water and dry quickly to prevent the cleaning solution from leaving any residue on your glass. *Avoid using a power washer or garden hose.
How to Clean the Frames
- Rinse your frames with clean water to remove dirt and dust particles that can cause scratches during the cleaning process. *Avoid using a power washer or garden hose.
- Clean the interior and exterior of your window or door frames with a mixture of mild soap and water. To ensure a safe application, test your cleaning solution on a small area before you apply it to the entire surface.
- Apply a light, car-wax solution to your frames once a year. Make sure to apply the wax after you have cleaned the frames. Otherwise, the wax may seal salt spray deposits to the frames, allowing corrosion to occur.
How to Clean the Screen
- Remove your screen carefully and place it on a clean, flat surface.
- Use a soft brush with a combination of mild soap and water to gently remove dirt, salt, and other deposits. *Refrain from using objects that may cause punctures or tears.
- Once your screen is completely dry, reinstall it gently.
What to Know About Your Hardware
- The wheels on your sliding glass door(s) do not need lubrication since they contain a sealed ball bearing housing.
- A light oil lubricant, like mineral oil, or a light plant-based oil, like hemp, olive, or grape seed, may be used to preserve easy operation on hinges, thumb turns, and other moving parts.
- Inspect and clean your weatherstrip with a damp cloth or a mixture of mild soap and water. Rinse and dry the weatherstrip thoroughly. If your weatherstrip is damaged, replace it promptly to ensure a proper seal.
- Routinely inspect and clean your water drainage (weep systems) to maintain proper drainage.
- Wipe your tracks and sills with a damp cloth, or use a vacuum to remove dust and dirt.