How to Clean Vinyl Window Frames
Before we talk about cleaning vinyl window frames, if you’re new to the idea of vinyl rather than aluminum, composite, fiberglass or wood, you’re probably wondering why would people choose vinyl?
Vinyl is a strong, durable material that is resistant to deterioration or damage from the ultra-violet rays of the sun, making them long lasting. They are also economical (because they are easier to manufacturer), grime resistant, dirt resistant, energy efficient, can accept double or triple pane windows, and they are made to weather the weather.
Vinyl windows aren’t for everyone, but if you have them or are considering having them installed, it’s probably a good idea to understand how to clean them.
Cleaning your vinyl windows…
Vinyl window frames are made of plastic, and while they are quite sturdy, they are susceptible to scratching, they need to be washed with non abrasives, and shouldn’t be washed with normal window cleaners.
The really nice thing about them is that most models are manufactured to be able to detach and take down in order to clean both the inside and the outside. That means you can clean them almost any time of year, in the comfort of your home and without the use of a ladder for many of those 2nd story windows.
- Whether you take your windows down or leave them in place, clean the glass surface first, being careful not to scrape your vinyl frames or get regular window cleaning solution, solvent or bleach on them.
- If your frames are particularly dirty with a lot of loose debris, in order to avoid scratching them when you’re washing them down, vacuum the dirt particles off first.
- Using a solution of mild dish detergent, warm water, along with a soft, non-abrasive cloth (microfiber cloths work great), or sponge, simply wipe down your window frames. A mixture of 30% vinegar and 70% water is also a safe solution to use. This mixture works well on stubborn stains.
- Finish cleaning your window frames by wiping them down with a soft, dry cloth to remove excess water and any soap residue.
If you’re unsure of how to remove your vinyl windows in order to clean them, here’s a brief video that will demonstrate how it’s done…
I have been cleaning windows in the Seattle area for nearly 30 years, and quite frankly, I enjoy it! I will be happy to answer all of your questions, and I know the mistakes to avoid. I clean private homes or apartment complexes.