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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tips on Caring for Your Windows

Taking advantage of the warm summer weather to clean your home’s exterior? That’s great … but remember to never wash windows or doors with a high pressure spray. The extreme pressure could crack or destroy caulking around the units.

Instead, take time to individually clean your windows. If you have vinyl-framed Simonton windows, a soft cloth or ordinary long-handled soft bristle brush and some mild detergent may be all that’s necessary to maintain your windows. Do not use abrasive cleaners that may scratch the frame or glass.

Here are some other tips for caring for your windows:

Tip #1 - To clean unexpected stains on vinyl windows and door frames (such as bubble gum, felt-tip pens, lipstick, motor oil or top soil), try using Fantastik® cleaner. For tougher stains (such as tar, pencil or oil marks) use Soft Scrub®. And, if children decide to draw on the windows with crayon, Lestoil® can often remove their creative efforts.

Tip #2 – If you’re fortunate to have Simonton’s tilt-in double hung windows, remember to clean them on a cloudy day. On a bright, sunny day the cleaner can dry in streaks before you have time to remove it.

Tip #3 - Vacuum around the edges of the weather stripping in your windows to remove any dirt build-up. Save time by carefully vacuum window screens regularly instead of removing them and cleaning with soap and water.

Tip #4 - Recycle old, white cotton hole-ridden socks and use them for cleaning window sills and frames. Slip the socks on your hands and you can “feel your way” toward a cleaner window.           

Tip #5 - Over time, dirt may accumulate on your window edges and corners. To remove the build-up, use Q-tips® dipped in vinegar. Make sure to thoroughly rinse with water afterwards.

For more helpful tips from Simonton Windows, click HERE.


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