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How to Clean Vinyl Windows

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Vinyl windows are one of the most popular types of window materials used in the United States. They can be a significant investment in your home because of their superior energy savings, improved comfortability, and durability. While vinyl windows do not require much maintenance, cleaning them is essential to maintaining their appearance and performance. Regular cleaning and maintenance can also help prevent problems like etching of the glass and discoloration of the frames. 

Why Cleaning Vinyl Windows are Essential to Their Longevity and Performance 

Regularly cleaning your vinyl windows helps to ensure longevity and performance. Cleaning your windows on a regular basis prevents dirt, dust, and debris from building up and compromising the window’s structure and operations. It also helps reduce the risk of mold and mildew buildup which can cause a variety of problems from discoloration of the window frames to etching of the glass. Furthermore, cleaning your windows helps keep them looking beautiful and helps them blend in harmoniously with your home’s aesthetic. 

How to Clean Vinyl Window Frames & Glass 

The first task is to hose down all of the frames and the glass to make sure that loose particles are removed. Next step is to clean the window frames with a mild soap, vinegar or a store-bought cleaner made specifically for windows. Below we will discuss the diverse types of cleaning options that will be sure to help you achieve a clean and long-lasting window.

Vinegar & Water Solution 

One of the most effective solutions for cleaning vinyl windows is to mix white vinegar with water, making sure to combine one-part white vinegar with two parts water in a spray bottle. This special vinegar and water combination is a great remedy for cleaning windows, as it is not only cost-effective but also has natural antiseptic qualities. In addition, this powerful mixture can also eliminate dirt and germs, ensuring that your windows are spotless and free of any unwanted residue. 

How you should apply this vinegar and water solution is as follows:  

  1. Spray the solution covering the entire window frame and let it set for a few minutes. 
  2. Take a soft bristled brush and scrub the solution in a circular motion.  
  3. Finally wipe away the vinegar solution with a microfiber cloth or with a soft towel. The frames of your vinyl windows should now be clean and looking new

Non-Detergent Soap Solution 

An excellent and safe way to clean your vinyl windows is to use non-detergent soap. It is important to look at the ingredients of your soap to ensure that they will not damage your vinyl frames. Products such as Windex and Dishwashing soap can be harmful to the vinyl surface. A non-detergent soap such as Dr. Bonners is a type of soap that is strong enough to really make your window frames look spotless, but gentle enough that it will not harm your vinyl frames. 

How to apply a non-detergent soap solution to Your Frames: 

  1. First off, mix a quarter cup of mild non-detergent soap with a gallon of water.  
  2. Once the soap is dissolved into the water, you can either put into a spray bottle or just use the bucket and sponge to apply the solution to the frames 
  3. Apply the solution to the frames and let it sit for a few minutes  
  4. Wipe the soap and water off your frames with a clean towel 
  5. Wipe down the frame 
  6. Rinse the frames with a hose 
  7. Finally, dry the frames with a clean towel

Cleaning the Glass of your Window 

Cleaning the vinyl window glass should be done using newspaper or a lint-free cloth. Make sure that you are cleaning in a circular motion and avoid using any soaps or detergents, as they can leave a residue on the glass. With proper cleaning and maintenance, you can ensure that your vinyl windows are looking great and performing properly. We recommend using 

either the same vinegar and water solution mentioned before or using an ammonia free glass cleaner that can be bought in most supermarkets. Once the glass is cleaned, you can take a step back and admire your newly cleaned windows.

Cleaning your vinyl windows is an important part of caring for your home and it is a task that can be done quickly and easily with the right supplies and knowledge. With regular maintenance, you will be sure to have long lasting and beautiful vinyl windows that are sure to impress. 

How to Clean the Interior of Your Vinyl Windows 

Cleaning the interior of your vinyl windows is just as important as cleaning the exterior. Dust and dirt can accumulate over time, and if not addressed, it can lead to clogged or malfunctioning windows. For this reason, it is important to regularly clean the interior of your vinyl frames. The best way to do this is to use a vacuum with a brush attachment, making sure to go over all corners and crevices. 

Another way to clean the interior of your vinyl windows is to use a soft cloth or sponge that is slightly damp with warm water. Avoid using harsh chemicals or detergents because they can strip the finish off your vinyl windows. You should also regularly dust the windowsills to ensure that no dirt, dust, or debris has built up over time. Make sure to pay special attention to the corners, as dirt and dust can accumulate in these areas and be difficult to clean. 

Are Your Old Windows in Need of Replacement? Contact DaBella 

After you have cleaned and maintained your vinyl windows, you may find that your windows are still drafty or inefficient. This could be a sign that it is time to replace your windows. Investing in new energy-efficient windows can help reduce your energy bills and increase the comfort of your home. Our brand of Glasswing vinyl windows provide great durability, energy efficiency and are extremely easy to operate. They are also low-maintenance and can be cleaned easily. We have plenty of options and window styles including casement windows, garden windows, and many others. We also offer all our windows in double pane or triple pane for added insulation as well as decreasing outside noise.  

At DaBella, our goal is to provide you with the best products and services so that you can be sure to get the most out of your windows. We have experienced professionals who can provide you with the best advice on the right choice of window for your home. Contact us today at 844-DaBella to learn more about our range of vinyl windows and see how we can improve the performance of your home.


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Steven Shortridge

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Portland, OR

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