Vinyl windows are supposed to be low maintenance, but with the unpredictable weather of Boston, MA, they could use a good cleaning every now and then. 

A combination of the slush from the high volume of snow, and the dirt that just seems to get everywhere, can leave your Boston windows streaked with grime and debris. Admittedly, the last thing you want to do when the weather is decent for the next two minutes is to go outside and clean your windows. 

But it’s as easy as the Sox getting into the World Series (this century, at least), and it really pays off in the long run. Here are some of our best tips for how to clean vinyl window frames and keep them looking as clean as our parks in the Emerald Necklace.

Exterior Vinyl Window Cleaning Tips

Cleaning the outside of vinyl window frames is sure to add curb appeal, and impress the people stuck in the Boston traffic outside of your house. 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 the metric ton of Massachusetts dirt just sitting around the edges.

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 them, 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 new-looking windows that will finally take your home off of the waiting list for historical sites to put on Freedom Trail. 

Now you can go back inside before it starts snowing again in the middle of October.

How to Clean the Inside of Vinyl Windows

You don’t need to be in shape for the Boston marathon to clean the inside either. Here as well, you’ll 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, dirt, and unexplained bits of New England clam chowder from the window. If you’re noticing a lot of debris along the window sill, your windows may need weather stripping or sealing, which can block the frigid Boston 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 show the Celtic green color from the Boston pollen and dirt taken from the window.

You may use the same cleaning solution to clean the inside of the window as the exterior, at least now you’re a little warmer. 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. 

Showing a bit of that Boston 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 folks in The Hub 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 (which is just about 95% of the year in Boston).

If your windows look cloudy or dirty even after you have cleaned them, it may be time to replace your vinyl windows. Grab a cup of coffee from Dunkies, sit back, and check out high-quality vinyl windows from Window Nation or reach out to get a free estimate for replacement windows in Boston.