Maintain your Simonton vinyl windows and doors to help keep them looking like new and in top working condition. Read on to learn how to properly care for vinyl, glass, finishes and screens.
Cleaning Vinyl Windows and Doors
Wash using mild detergent and a soft cloth or soft bristle brush. Be as gentle as possible when cleaning your windows, keeping in mind that any extreme pressure could compromise sealants.
For difficult-to-remove dirt and stains use readily available household cleaners. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on use of the cleaners.
DO NOT clean the windows or doors with a high-pressure washer. The extreme spray pressure could crack or destroy the sealant around the window or door.
DO NOT USE liquid grease remover, adhesive removers such as Goo Gone®, strong soaps or detergents containing organic solvents, nail polish remover, furniture polish, cleaners containing chlorine bleach, or rust removers containing hydrofluoric acid. These items could affect the surface appearance of the vinyl and glass.
Cleaning the Glass in Your Windows and Doors
Clean the glass in your windows and doors with a homemade solution and gentle touch.
For routine glass cleaning, we recommend using a mixture of 30% white vinegar and 70% water. Use a soft, lint-free cloth or paper towels to wipe clean. Rub solution in varying directions to reduce streaks.
Ammonia-free glass cleaners such as Windex® also produce good results.
Thoroughly dry water and/or cleaning solution from glass and all window surfaces.
Avoid abrasive cleaning solutions or materials to clean the glass.
DO NOT clean glass with a high-pressure washer. The extreme spray pressure could damage the glazing and destroy the seal of the insulating glass unit.
Cleaning Window Screens
Follow these step-by-step instructions to help you clean your window screens.
Remove your window screens from the frame. Make sure you keep track of the window frame the screen came from. This will help you easily put your screens back in place when you’re done.
Mix a small amount of mild dish soap with warm water.
Using a soft bristle brush, gently scrub your window screens with soapy water.
Rinse your screens using warm water.
Once your window screens are completely dry, replace them in their window frame.
Cleaning Laminate Finishes
Cleaning Woodgrain Laminate Finishes
Maintaining your woodgrain is easy! Here are some tips when cleaning woodgrain laminate windows.
Use warm, soapy water for routine cleaning and dry thoroughly.
Mild household cleaners can also be used to clean interior laminates. Always test the cleaner on an inconspicuous area to ensure compatibility with the laminate surface.
DO NOT USE abrasive scrubbing devices, organic solvents or abrasive cleansers as they will cause surface damage.
Cleaning Exterior Finishes
Cleaning the Exterior Finishes
Wash using a mild detergent (if necessary) and a soft cloth or long-handled soft bristle brush. Do not clean the exterior coating with a high-pressure washer. The extreme spray pressure could damage the crack and destroy the sealant around the window or door.
Mild window cleaners that are safe to clean the exterior coating on windows and doors include Windex® and Formula 409®.
DO NOTUSE liquid grease removers, adhesive removers such as Goo Gone®, strong soaps and detergents containing organic solvents, nail polish remover, furniture polish or cleansers containing chlorine bleach. These items could affect the surface appearance of the vinyl.
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