Even the lowest-maintenance windows can fall victim to common problems like dust and dirt accumulation and stains. Just like your patio doors, your sliding windows will benefit from being regularly cleaned and maintained. Read on as Renewal by Andersen® of Austin shares some maintenance tips:
Look for Signs of Damage
Start by inspecting your windows for issues to determine whether you need a repair or replacement. If there are drafts coming from the window, you may need to replace your caulking and weatherstripping. If there are broken panes, however, it’s more cost-effective to replace your windows.
Lubricate Your Windows
We recommend applying dry lubricant on the locks, operators and rollers of your sliding patio doors and windows once a year. It’s best to use lubricants with corrosion inhibitors to add an extra layer of protection on the components, especially if your windows are exposed to harsh environments. Never use wet lubricants or solvent-based greases as they collect dirt and other corrosive particles. This can harm your windows.
Use the Right Cleaning Products
Some cleaning products are too harsh and could shorten the lifespan of your windows. Steer clear of abrasive cleaning solutions, such as cerium oxide or rust removers containing hydrofluoric acid, as these can cause permanent damage to the glass coating. You should also avoid using newspaper and other ink-based papers because they can discolor your window frames.
Stick to a soft, lint-free cloth and a mild solution of soap and water when cleaning the frames. For the glass, remove the dust and grime first with a dry cloth, then use the same cleaning solution to wipe it clean. You may also vacuum or dust any debris that collects on sills and in tracks when necessary.
Renewal by Andersen of Austin, your trusted replacement door and window provider, can help keep your units in prime condition for many years so you can enjoy lasting comfort and beauty for your home. Get in touch with us at (866) 842-3370 for more information. We offer our exceptional services in Austin, TX.