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Cleaning Tips for Your Northglenn, CO Windows: Start Scrubbing the Right Way!


Wood Window Tips

Most wood windows come with primed wood. This primer does not seal the wood. Oil stain is not a finish. You must varnish and/or paint your windows, most importantly, at the ends at least every three years. While silicone will help your windows operate smoothly, you can also use paraffin wax.

Lubricate Your Windows

Use only pure silicone spray or Teflon spray! Do not use WD-40® or any petroleum-based products. These will make a gummy mess and attract even more dirt to the parts. Pure silicone will not allow dirt to stick to itself and will not stain most painted walls as you spray it on. It’s a good idea to protect curtains, wallpaper, and window treatments. Put the spray can close to the track or channel the sash moves in. This is very important for sideways sliding windows that don’t use rollers, but have nylon glides on the bottom.

Once that glide wears through, the window track can be seriously damaged. Operate the window several times to see if it’s better. If not, spray once again. On windows you use most frequently, this lubricating and cleaning may need to be done more often, perhaps 2–3 times a season. The window came lubricated from the factory, but with time, this wears off and needs to be done by the homeowner. Pure silicone spray may be purchased at hardware stores or at lumberyards.


Metal Window Tips

Frames Oxidize in the Sun

This happens to metal frame windows painted bronze and black. With time, those frames lose some of their luster. Try a little car wax. Most window manufacturers use a baked-on enamel paint that a little waxing may bring back its original luster. Follow manufacturers’ instructions on applying wax.

Keeping the Glass and Frames Clean

At least once a year, vacuum out the tracks that the windows slide in. Get all the dirt out. In a high dust environment, there is a possibility for a buildup of dirt in the window tracks. If the tracks are grimy or sticky with dirt, use a spray cleaner on a rag and wipe out the embedded dirt. Don’t let lots of soapy water run into the frame or the parts inside. Let it dry completely. Use a common window cleaner with a lint less cloth, sponge, or chamois to clean the glass. If you have one, a rubber squeegee will speed glass drying. Window glass cleaner may be used on the sash and frame or a mild detergent solution may be used instead.


Vinyl Window Tips

It is best to use Teflon spray to lubricate your windows. Silicone spray has been found to yellow the vinyl from certain window manufactures. WD-40® contains hydrocarbons that can dissolve vinyl from certain window manufactures. To remove finger prints and for general cleaning, try using glass cleaner on the frames. Household cleaners are not recommended. You can use soapy water to flush out your drain holes to keep the dust from building up in the sill. It’s a good idea to protect curtains, wallpaper, and window treatments when cleaning windows. Put the spray close to the track or channel the sash moves in. This is very important for sideways sliding windows that don’t use rollers, but have nylon glides on the bottom.

Once that glide wears through, the window track can be seriously damaged. Operate the window several times to see if it’s better. If not, spray once again. On windows you use most frequently, this lubricating and cleaning may need to be done more often, perhaps 2–3 times a season. The window came lubricated from the factory, but with time, this wears off and needs to be done by the homeowner. Pure silicone spray may be purchased at hardware stores or at a lumberyard.

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