Care/Cleaning & Maintaining Your New Windows

Care/Cleaning & Maintaining Your New Windows 2017-08-16T13:45:34+00:00

Recommended Cleaning Methods:

Dusting:

Regular light dusting maintains a like-new appearance of most blinds, shades, shadings, sheers, shutters and window panels.

Vacuuming:

For deeper cleaning, vacuum gently with a brush attachment of any vacuum cleaner. Most products may be vacuumed using a vertical stroke.

Compressed air or hair dryer (non-heat setting):

Use to blow dust off selected window coverings.

Spot-Cleaning:

Spot-clean shades and blinds with soft cloth or sponge moistened with lukewarm water. Add mild detergent if needed. Blot gently to avoid creasing or damaging the fabric. Rubbing can damage fabrics. Spot-cleaning may result in cleaner areas.

Aluminum blinds:

Use an over-the-counter blind cleaner with a soft cloth.

Vinyl and aluminum vertical blinds:

Reduce build-up of static electricity by applying a very thin film of detergent on all vanes.

Steaming:

can be done to remove wrinkles from some fabrics. A hand-held travel size steamer that provides continuous steam is best. Heavy duty steamers are not recommended.

Care & Cleaning Helpful Hints:

Faux Wood or Vinyl Products:

  • To reduce static cling and help repel dust, wipe the product with dryer sheets.
  • Do NOT use abrasive cleaners or chemical solvents, as they will scratch or damage the surface.
  • Allow blinds to air dry to preserve the dust repellent properties of the slats.
  • Clean Shutters with mild soap and water. Do NOT use ammonia-based products.

Wood type products:

  • Clean using a dry and soft feather duster, clean cloth, dust cloth or dusting mitt. A vacuum with the soft brush attachment can also be used.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning or use of chemical solvents and scrubbing cleansers are NOT recommended. They will damage product.
  • Protect all fine wod products from exposure to steam or high moisture areas, rain or outside irrigation systems to ensure their long life.
  • When cleaning any window, spray glass cleaner on a cloth rather than spraying directly on the window. This will prevent damage to the wood finish by splattering cleaner.

Cloth Tapes:

  • Spot-cleaning with fabric cleaning wipes found at your grocery store is recommended for all tapes. These will typically not leave a stain or discolor the tapes. We suggest a cleaning test on the underneath side of the blind where the tape wraps around the bottom rail where any stain would be least visible.
  • 100% Polyester tapes can be spot-cleaned with cool distilled water using a clean white cloth. Support the tape from behind using another clean cloth that is dry. Use a gentle blotting action to clean the spot or soiled area. Rinse by blotting with clean distilled water. Let air dry. A gentle detergent can also be used on the 100% polyester trims. Spot cleaning may result in cleaner areas.
  • If the tape in shiny or has a luster, DO NOT USE WATER. It is most likely rayon or acetate. The result will be a water stain. Wipes are the bet for all fiber contents.
  • When cleaning any window, spray glass cleaner on a cloth rather than spraying directly on the window. This will prevent damage to the wood finish by splattering cleaner.

Fabric shades, shadings or window panels:

  • DO NOT USE MAGNETIC CLEANERS, such as a dusting mitt on light cleaning fabrics. This will damage the light dimming backing.
  • When cleaning any window, spray glass cleaner on a cloth rather than a spraying directly on the window. This will prevent damage to the fabrics by splattering cleaner.
  • If the tape in shiny or has a luster, DO NOT USE WATER. It is most likely rayon or acetate. The result will be a water stain. Wipes are the bet for all fiber contents.
  • While some fabric window covering products may seem perfect for an outdoor setting, all area recommended for indoor use only.

Sheers:

When choosing an ultrasonic cleaning technician for sheer fabrics, be sure to ask:

  • Have you ultrasonically cleaned sheer for other customers?
  • Do you have the proper equipment and knowledge? The ultrasonic cleaning process requires the sheers to be removed from the home and transported back to the cleaning facility. And, sheers should be rolled on a tube during transport to minimize wrinkling and damage.
  • Will the temperature of the bath water exceed 90 degrees F? If the water temperature is higher than the recommendation, oxidation may occur in room-darkening vanes.
  • Is your tank long enough to accommodate the length of the sheer? (VERY IMPORTANT) The tank used should be at least as long as the height of the sheer to allow for cleaning without folding and wrinkling the vanes.

Notes:

Dry environmental conditions in different parts of the country at various times of the year may generate static on fabric home furnishings- including window coverings. Should this occur, lightly apply a static spray for home furnishings, being sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow the shade/shading to dry in the fully lowered position. In necessary, reapply the static spray each time shade/shading is professionally cleaned.

 


Maintaining Your New Windows

Once your new windows are installed, you’ll want to care for them so that they’ll continue to look great and add curb appeal to your home for years to come. A minimum semi-annual window cleaning is recommended. Here are some tips for washing without compromising any elements of your vinyl windows:

Window Cleaning Do’s:

  • Start with just water and a soft cloth. If necessary, you can use a mild cleaner.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If lubrication is needed, use a silicone spray.

Window Cleaning Don’ts:

  • Do not use Power washers or high-pressure sprays: the force of the liquid could damage the caulking around the window, which ensures water-tightness.
  • Do not use liquid grease remover, strong soaps and detergents containing organic solvents, nail polish/ paint remover, furniture polish, or cleaners containing chlorine bleach, as these substances are potentially damaging to the surface of the vinyl.
  • Do not use sharp objects during the cleaning process.
  • Do not use even mildly abrasive cleaners, like Soft Scrub, can scratch the surface of the glass or Window frame: avoid the use of any abrasive agent.
  • Do not use oil-based spray lubricants such as WD-40, as they attract dirt.
  • Paint or varnish vinyl windows.

Cleaning Screens

Screens can be cleaned easily with a soft brush accessory of a vacuum.

Cleaning Tracks:

Tracks can be washed with a small, stiff nylon brush, and then wiped down with a soft cloth. It is important to ensure that the tracks are free of the dirt, leaves, sand, grease, or other outdoor elements as they can be ground into the vinyl tracks when the sashes are operated.

Cleaners for Vinyl Windows:

  • Fantastik
  • Murphy Oil Soap
  • Solution of 30% Vinegar and 70% Water
  • Lestoil
  • Use oil-based spray lubricants such as WD-40, as they attract dirt.
  • Paint or varnish vinyl windows.

If, after trying the options listed above, you still cannot remove a stain, try using mineral spirits or a 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution. However, make sure that after using one of these options, you wash the area with soap and water and wipe clean.

Cleaners for Caulk:

  • GoofOff2

Cleaners for Glass:

Regular or ammonia-based glass cleaners, like Windex.

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