Cleaning and maintaining your windows in your home can be a lot of work. It’s important to do but most homeowners don’t know where to start! There are different types of windows you can install in your home along with the best way to clean the windows to make sure they last past their warranty. We’re going to be focusing primarily on Wood Frames, Vinyl Windows, and the best cleaning methods for those two window frames.
When it comes to the care and finish of wood frames, there is a multitude of different woods you can use for the frame. But for a general rule, the type of cleaning does not vary radically based on the wood frame you have in your home.
With Vinyl windows, you have a couple of conventional ways to clean them thoroughly. Vinyl tracks get dirty frequently and hold all different types of issues that can cause damage to your frame. These issues can range from water, dust, dirt, to mold. The most effective way to clean out your tracks is to vacuum with a standard shop vac hose. You’ll want to monitor the weather strippings after the winter seasons to see if it’s matted or worn down. Since we live in a state where it can be 70 degrees one day and dump 6 inches of snow the next, weather strippings can take a pretty serious beating. Weather strippings are not replaceable so it’s important to keep efficiently checking the health of your window strippings every couple months.
Here are the issues you need to be aware of that could indicate irreparable damage to your wood frames. While this isn’t the most enjoyable topic to have, it’s necessary to make sure you know how to properly assess the health of your windows. For wood windows, when the frame damage is getting into the structure of the home, that is something that needs to be addressed asap. You can try to make a DIY change, but the implications of structural damage on the rest of the home may outweigh the cost to benefit ratio of a DIY replacement.