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WINDOW CARE

Window glass cleaning
Combine water with white vinegar 2:1 in a spray bottle and you’ll be all set with a homemade window cleaner. You can also combine warm water with a few drops of dishwashing soap if you prefer.

Vinyl window frame cleaning
Wash it with mild, nonabrasive soap and water. Never use abrasive or acidic cleaners—they might cause permanent damage to the frame finish. Always test cleaners in an inconspicuous area first. Wipe dry when finished.

Ammonia and glass
Ammonia has a favorable characteristic of evaporating rapidly. As it evaporates, it doesn’t leave behind residue that attracts dirt and dust. Because it evaporates quickly, it is less likely to leave streaks, which makes it a popular choice as an additive to glass cleaners.
On other hand evaporation rate is big problem. If you’re cleaning your windows on a warm sunny day, the liquid part of the solution evaporates quickly and leaves behind a residue that appears as streaks. Advised is to clean windows while window is in shade.

Why does Windex not work on windows?
Windex cleans by helping to dislodge dust, debris and grease off the surface of the window. Once that material is disrupted, however, you still have to remove it. This is where Windex falls short. Because of it’s fast evaporation time most of the time that debris just ends up getting moved around on the glass.

Why do my windows look smeared after cleaning?
A big problem is the evaporation rate. If you’re cleaning your windows on a warm sunny day, the liquid part of the solution evaporates quickly and leaves behind a residue that appears as streaks. On the other hand, if you don’t entirely remove the liquid you can also be left with a streaky window.

Never use any of the following products on the glass
(they may damage the glass surface or insulating seal)
Petroleum-based cleaners
Caustic chemicals
Razor blades, putty knives or abrasive pads
High-pressure water hoses

Window screen care
To clean your screens from dust and pollen, remove the screen from the window. When cleaning screens, use only mild soap, water and a soft brush. When finished, rinse with clear water and wipe dry with a lint free towel. Be careful not to use paper towels or other materials that could leave lint on the screen. If you do have dust or lint on your screen try a sticky lint roller and gently roll it across your screen.

Tips for good and easy operation for your patio doors and windows
1) Lubricate the track for smooth slide and hardware components at least once a year. In areas with high salt air, at least twice a year is recommended.

2) Regularly check weather-stripping to ensure your patio doors and windows seal airtight.

3) The weep system are special holes in the bottom track that allows water to drain to the outside. It’s normal for water to build up on the sill which is why it’s important to keep the sill or track and weep holes clean of any dirt or debris.

4) It’s good practice to inspect weep holes when excessive rain is anticipated or before rain season. Good method is to pour some water in the window track and check if it’s draining out through weep holes outside. The weep system allows water to drain to the outside as it builds up. It’s normal for water to build up on the sill or the outside track, which is why it’s important to keep the sill or track clean of any dirt or debris.