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How To Care For Your Vinyl Windows

January 17, 2023

Have you recently replaced your windows in San Antonio, or are you thinking about doing so?

Vinyl replacement windows in San Antonio are becoming increasingly popular for their energy efficiency, durability, and attractive appearance. And, with proper care, they can last for several decades! That’s why it’s important to know how to properly care for them, to ensure they’ll not only continue to look good, but last.

In this blog, follow along as we share the best tips for maintaining your vinyl windows and keeping them in great shape. From learning how to handle and clean them, we’ll cover all the bases so that you can make sure your new windows stay first-rate.

How To Properly Maintain Vinyl Windows in San Antonio

Follow these top tips to ensure you’re doing everything possible to maintain your new windows!

Handle Your Windows Properly

One thing that many people often overlook when it comes to window maintenance is the importance of opening and closing them properly. Improperly opening and closing vinyl windows can cause the seals to become loose, leading to air leaks and other issues. Additionally, if windows are not opened and closed correctly, they can become warped or bent, which can decrease the lifetime of the window significantly. Taking the time to learn how to properly open and close your windows will ensure that they not only look great, but last for many years.

How To Open & Close Vinyl Windows

Unlike other types of windows, vinyl windows are unique in that they’re extremely easy to open and close. To open your vinyl windows, simply locate the handle on the bottom sash of the window and make sure it’s unlocked. From there, you can simply grasp the handle firmly and slide the window up to open. To close your window, reverse the process by grasping the handle and lowering the window until it’s closed. Then turn the window lock to secure the window in place. Make sure locks match up if not make sure top sash is engaged all the way up.

Clean Your Windows Often

It goes without saying that the best way to maintain your windows' appearance is to clean them often. Not only can regular cleaning make your home more attractive, but help prevent dirt and debris from collecting on the windows. 

When cleaning vinyl windows, it’s also important to keep in mind that vinyl is not glass. This means that cleaning solutions that would otherwise work on glass—such as glass cleaners, bleach, or ammonia—should be avoided. These types of cleaners can break down the integrity of the vinyl, which can expose them to damage. You should also steer clear of using scrubbing pads and power washers as well, as these tools can easily scratch the surface of your vinyl windows, ruining their appearance. 

How To Clean Vinyl Windows Correctly

  1. To clean your vinyl windows correctly, start by adding 2-3 drops of cleaning solution to a bucket of water. This should be good enough to cut through grease and grime while leaving you with a lasting shine.
  2. From there, you can start applying the vinyl window cleaner to your windows using a microfiber scrubbing pad. Apply the solution in a sweeping motion so that it coats the surface evenly, and try not to apply too much foam (soapy residue) either, as this can cause streaks. 
  3. Once your window is wet, wipe it clean using a microfiber or lint free cloth. 

How To Open Your Windows for Cleaning

One of the many reasons why vinyl replacement windows are so popular is because of the convenient ability to clean both sides of the window, as most vinyl windows have sashes that tilt into the room. You can open your window for cleaning by locating the tilt latches embedded in the center of your window, and, while holding them in place with your fingers, pulling the lower sash toward you. This will cause your window to tilt into your room until it rests into the cleaning position. 

Watch this short video to learn how to properly open and close our San Antonio double hung windows for cleaning:


Install Your Windows Correctly

While handling, painting, and cleaning your windows can certainly help ensure your new windows look good and operate smoothly, following these recommendations can only get you so far. That’s because improperly installed windows will almost certainly make for windows that won’t last, despite your best efforts at maintaining them. 

That’s why our top tip for maintaining your windows is to work with a professional installer, since doing so can ensure your new windows are secure and sealed properly, and that they operate correctly. Properly installed windows can also increase energy efficiency, reduce air leakage, and improve the safety, security, and resale value of your home. 

Want vinyl replacement windows in San Antonio?

Green Energy of San Antonio prides itself on providing quality San Antonio window installation services that will last. Our experienced team of window installers is committed to providing superior customer service and quality workmanship. Contact us today to get a free estimate on your new windows or to learn more about the many benefits of our vinyl replacement windows.