Double-Hung Windows Part Two: Maintenance
Double-hung windows need more maintenance than other window types, but they also offer the advantages of being compatible with many home styles. They’re available in a variety of materials, sizes and colors as well as being easy to clean. If well-maintained, double-hung windows should last for years without replacement.
Kroll Construction, one of the top window and roofing companies in the area, shares a few ways to maintain double-hung windows.
Inspect Your Windows
Cleaning your windows every spring and fall not only gives you a clear view of the outside but also gives you the opportunity to inspect your windows and identify potential problems. Since wood and vinyl are two of the most common window materials, these materials are specific to some of the following cleaning tips. If the frame material is not specified, the tips apply to any double-hung window.
For Wood-Frame Double-Hung Windows
Wash all-wood or clad-wood windows with a mixture of warm water and a small amount of mild dish detergent. The cloth should only be damp; avoid using too much water because contact with moisture could lead to rot. Your window and roofing company advises staying away from abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals when cleaning wood windows.
For Vinyl-Frame Double-Hung Windows
Use a soft cloth or soft bristle brush to clean vinyl frames with mild detergent and water. Do it lightly because extreme pressure (including the use of a high-pressure washer) may damage caulking or sealants. You can use available household cleaners for dirt and stains that are difficult to remove. However, do not use liquid grease removers, adhesive removers, strong soaps and detergents containing organic solvents, nail polish removers, polished furniture or cleaners containing chlorine bleach, as these may alter the appearance of the vinyl.
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