It’s that time of year again when the sun finally comes out, and we can finally survey the winters’ damage. Some of my neighbors have already been outside with the pressure washer. Every year about this time, we at Aluminum Screen start seeing screens with those tell tale squiggly lines. If you’ve ever accidentally hit your screen while pressure washing, you know what I mean. For those of you lucky enough to not have experienced this, here’s our first tip:
- It’s better if you remove your screens before you pressure wash.
Sometimes, you’ll find that the screens are really tough to get out. Most screens have springs located toward the center of the window. To easily remove your screens:
- Using your thumb, apply pressure on the frame of the screen towards the center of the window. This should make the opposite side loosen up. You may find that using a putty knife to help the free end come out is helpful.
To clean your actual screens, wipe down the frames and spray them carefully with the garden hose. We don’t recommend you using any kind of a scrub brush, but a soft cloth should be sufficient. Now that your screens are clean, time to turn attention to the window frames. From the outside, a pressure washer or hose and a scrub brush should get the job done. There are numerous effective cleaners out there, so just pick your favorite. Several cleaners are marketed for vinyl patio furniture, they would work great on vinyl windows as well. Once you’ve sprayed and scrubbed the window frames, don’t neglect your glass.
To deep clean your frames on the inside, grab an old toothbrush and some soft cloths. You’ll need a bucket with the cleaner of your choice, as well as your favorite glass cleaner & paper towels or microfiber cloths. Spray the vinyl window with cleaner and let it sit for several minutes. Spray it lightly again and then use a soft scrub brush to gently clean the frame. Work in circular motions, reapplying the diluted vinegar or cleaner as needed until the frame is dirt-free and bright. Wipe the frame down with a damp cloth to remove any excess vinegar solution or cleaner.
- Armor All is a great way to lubricate and protect your vinyl windows. Make sure to apply it to all the surfaces that contact.
Enjoy your view from your new clean windows! If you notice damage to your screens, fogged thermals, locks not working etc, call or come in and we’ll get your windows all fixed up!