How to Clean Vinyl Windows

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Cleaning is always a painful job to do. And when it comes to Vinyl windows, it can turn difficult too since you don’t know which product is Vinyl sensitive to and what if the windows get damaged? But not to worry, we’re here to show you some simple, effective, and safe ways to clean your dirty windows.

And do not fret, the process is just too simple to carry out. So let’s begin with the tutorial.

Obviously, you have installed vinyl windows at your place so that you don’t have to worry much about the maintenance. But at the end of the day, cleaning is the basic thing which you’ll have to do to make your windows last long.

Fragments of dust, occasional showers, development of mold over some time, etc. are precisely the reasons why you should be cleaning them from time to time. Though vinyl is a better option than wood and aluminum, pests like these will find a way to damage your windows.

So let’s cut to the chase so that you don’t have to whine about your dirty vinyl windows later.

Two Effective Methods of Cleaning Your Vinyl Windows:

1. The White Vinegar Solution 

Just to add up to your knowledge, using vinegar is one of the best techniques when cleaning anything. Basically, you can clean almost anything just by adding vinegar to its cleaning solution. And by anything, I mean ANYTHING! From clothing to utensils to window panes! 

So what you have to do is create a solution of distilled white vinegar and lukewarm water in a ratio of three to seven (preferably in a small bucket).

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Just to remind you, whenever you use vinegar for cleaning, make sure you do something about the odor of it (believe me it’s the last thing you would want to tolerate on the day of cleaning!)  My suggestion would be, you squeeze half a lemon on your created “vine-water” solution to prevent foul odor. After that, rinse the windows with some water. Then sprinkle the created solution on the surface of the dirty windows.

Next, scrub your windows with a soft-bristled brush to loosen the dirt. Finally, wash your windows with clean water once again to remove all the impurities. And give it your finishing touch by wiping it with a soft fresh cloth. Thus, you have successfully cleaned your Vinyl windows! As simple as that!

2. The Non-detergent Soap Solution

It might be a possibility that you don’t have a bottle of vinegar at your disposal every time (not everyone cooks Chinese at their place right?). Not to worry, many alternatives will be readily available at your sweet home. One such alternative is a non-detergent soap. Just go and fetch a non-detergent liquid soap from your laundry room! 

Just make sure the soap you’re using is a non-detergent soap like Castile soap. Or else, you’ll end up damaging your vinyl frames since vinyl is highly reactive to strong chemicals and harsh cleaners. 

Anyway, mix 4 tablespoons of soap with 4 liters of water in a bucket and create a soapy solution. Splash some clear water on the window panes and then dip a piece of sponge in the solution and use it to wipe the surface of your windows. The soap will react with the dirt and loosen it up.

Then, all you have to do is wash it once again with some clean water and you’ll have some sparkling clean windows at your home! Of course, you’ll have to wipe the glass and the frames with a dry cloth and then you’re done!

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Additional Methods to Remove Tough Stains

Sometimes, your normal methods of using vinegar or a regular soap won’t work since the stains can be more stubborn than you expect them to be.

In such cases, you’ll have to use some branded stain removal products to give your windows a sparkling shine. Fantastik is one such product. All you have to do is spray the product on the stain, wait for a few minutes so that it reacts with the stain, and then wipe it off with a damp cloth. See! Child’s play!

Some other products which I’ll recommend are Tetraclean, Dr. Beckmann stain devils, Shout stain remover spray, etc. These are some easy-to-use and efficient products which will make your cleaning process a cakewalk. 

 If at all you’re just too lazy to carry out the whole process, then there is the easy way out. But this one is only possible if your windows are safe from moisture and mold. If your window dirt just consists of dust, then you can just use your vacuum cleaner and clean all the dust using it.

Dos and Don’ts for Cleaning Vinyl Windows

  • You don’t have to create fancy solutions and fill buckets of water every time and go through all the fuss. Sometimes, just a vacuum cleaner is enough for your cleaning. All you need to do is make sure that you’re cleaning all the dust particles properly. Just make sure that every corner is covered.
  • Make sure you clean the windows regularly. The more you skip your cleaning, the more the pollutants pile up, and the greater the damage they create. Eventually, you’ll have to replace your window frames much sooner than expected.
  • Don’t use abrasive materials for cleaning such as steel wool which can cause scratches.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals such as bleach or strong detergents. They can cause the windows to become yellowed.
  • Don’t clean the windows in extreme temperatures (hot or cold) and avoid direct sunlight while cleaning. Both can cause the cleaners to form a residue on the windows.
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Just use any of the above-mentioned methods to clean your windows and DON’T PROCRASTINATE! That’s all that I should be telling you. I presume you’re smart enough to manage the rest of it yourself. So good luck with cleaning your vinyl windows! 

Written by Pulkit D

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