Your window frames play a crucial role in the function of your windows. In fact, they may be just as important as the window glass itself.
For starters, the frames hold the panes in place and ensure energy efficiency. They also contribute to your home décor, adding to the look and feel of your personal space. The same can be said of your skylight and door frames, too.
But your frames can’t do it alone. They need a bit of TLC in the form of routine cleaning. Regular removal of dirt and debris prevents premature deterioration, which helps your frames last for years to come.
Ready to do the job right? Check out these frame cleaning tips for windows, skylights, and doors.
1. Clean the glass first.
Before cleaning the window frame, tackle the glass first. Here’s why: When you clean the glass, dust and water will drip into the window tracks (and possibly other parts of the frame). This means you’ll need to clean the frame all over again.
But if you work on the glass before the frame, you’ll only need to do it once.
2. Vacuum the sill and track before washing.
Before reaching for the soap and water, vacuum the sill and track. This will remove debris and dead bugs, and ultimately, make your cleaning experience more pleasant.
A mini vacuum is perfect for the job. You can also use a standard vacuum with a nozzle attachment; either option works great.
3. Wipe down the surfaces.
Start with a “preliminary” cleaning by wiping down the frame’s surface. Apply a mild cleaning solution to the frame and wipe with a high-quality microfiber cloth.
Speaking of cleaners…
4. Never use caustic solutions.
Avoid petroleum-based or caustic cleaners, including bleach. These substances can damage the finish of your frame, along with the actual structure.
Stay on the safe side and use mild, non-caustic cleaners. Even then, it’s best to test the solution on a small area first to make sure it doesn’t cause damage or discoloration. (This is especially important if you have wood or vinyl window frames.)
5. Clean nooks and crannies with a toothbrush.
To clean awkward crevices, use baking soda and an old toothbrush.
Sprinkle an even layer of baking soda onto the tracks, then spray with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. Let the baking soda fizz for about 5 minutes, then carefully scrub the dirt with an old toothbrush. You can also spray the rest of the frame and scrub with the toothbrush.
From there, wipe a paper towel across the track to pick up the dirt. Repeat with the rest of the frame, using new paper towels as necessary.
6. Dry with a soft cloth.
Use a new, clean cloth to dry your frame. Never use an abrasive material, like steel wool, as this can cause damage.
7. Inspect as you clean.
To get the most out of your cleaning session, examine the frame as you work.
Pay attention to the hardware and structure. Keep an eye out for any cracks, dents, or loose parts. The sooner you find damage, the sooner you can perform repairs and save the window.
Need window replacements? Contact XO Windows.
With these frame cleaning tips, your window, skylight, and door frames will look good as new.
Yet, even with regular cleaning, these fixtures won’t last forever. If you need a window replacement or installation, give us a call. XO Windows is the largest window distributor in Arizona, so you can be sure that we’ll have precisely what you need.