Vinyl windows are supposed to be low maintenance, but this trait does not exempt them from the need for a good spring cleaning.
A combination of spring rains, muddy ground, and high pollen counts can leave windows streaked with dirt and debris. Admittedly, cleaning vinyl window frames does not sound like a fun thing to do just as the weather turns nice, but it’s so easy and pays off in the long run. Wondering what is the best way to clean vinyl windows? Get our best tips for how to clean vinyl window frames to restore your windows this spring.
Exterior Vinyl Window Cleaning Tips
Cleaning the outside of vinyl window frames will pay off in terms of curb appeal.
- Create a simple cleaning solution by mixing 1-1/2 cups of distilled white vinegar with one gallon of warm water (pro tip: Add the juice of half a lemon to this to mask the vinegar odor) or mix a teaspoon of mild soap in a gallon of warm water.
- Rinse the outside of the windows with water to dislodge dirt and debris.
- Once the windows have been rinsed, apply the cleaning solution to the glass and frames. Use a soft sponge or a lint-free cloth to clean the vinyl windows.
- If you’re using a soapy solution, rinse the windows again to prevent soap scum from drying on your windows, then use a lint-free cloth to dry the windows.
- If you’ve chosen the vinegar solution, dry the windows with a cloth to enjoy gleaming windows.
That’s it, that’s all you need to know on how to clean vinyl window frames and glass outside your home.
How to Clean the Inside of Vinyl Windows
Here as well, you will want to remove all dirt and debris from the frame, tracks, and screen before you deep clean those windows. Your vacuum comes in handy to dislodge soil from the window. If you’re noticing a lot of dirt along the window sill, your windows may need weather stripping or sealing, which can block air (and dirt) from passing through the window.
When it comes to cleaning vinyl window tracks, cleaning wipes work well for getting into the corners. Run wipes up and down along the tracks to pick up dust and dirt. You will know you’re done when the wipes don’t discolor from contact with the window.
You may use the same cleaning solution to clean the inside of the window as the exterior. Cleaning vinyl window frames inside your home is straightforward. Simply apply your soap or vinegar solution to the window frame, working from the top down. This way, you will not accidentally drip on areas you’ve already cleaned. Elbow grease can help you remove dirt and debris from the window without damaging the frames. If you encounter a stubborn stain, scrub the area with a soft-bristled cleaning brush.
Some people like to use a squeegee to remove the cleaning solution without leaving streaks on the window. However, your lint-free cloth will also work to clean and dry the interior of the window frame. Paper towels are a poor choice to clean the window since they will leave lint particles on your glass.
If you have sun exposure, you may notice the window cleaner starts to dry before you’ve finished the job. Another of our top window cleaning tips is to work on an overcast day when you will not be fighting the sun.
If your windows look cloudy or dirty even after you have cleaned them, it may be time to replace your vinyl windows. Explore high-quality vinyl windows from Window Nation or reach out to get a free estimate for replacement windows in your area.