How to Clean Vinyl Window Frames

How to Clean Vinyl Window Frames

When you’ve invested in window replacement, you want to ensure that your new windows continue to look their best. Vinyl window frames are prized for their easy maintenance and high level of durability. Despite this, can appear dull over time. To keep them looking great, clean carefully using the tips below.

Regular Frame Cleaning

If dirt or dust has gotten on your frames and dulled their appearance, the best thing to do is to clean with a simple vinegar and water solution. Mix three parts of vinegar for every seven parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on and let it sit for several minutes to break down grime. Wash this solution off using a soft brush. 

Do not use bleach or harsh abrasives to clean your vinyl windows. These can cause pitting or damage that can hold dirt and grime.

If you find that vinegar is not effective on its own, try using a non-abrasive household cleaner. These can dissolve grime and make it easier to clean up.

Cleaning Paint Off Vinyl

Gotten some paint on your vinyl windows while repainting the inside or outside of your home? First, don’t panic. The first step to cleaning paint off is to allow it to dry thoroughly. If you attempt to remove paint while it is still wet, you can wind up just spreading it around. The result is a thin layer that is harder to clean.

After the paint has dried, start working at the edge with either your fingernail or a plastic scraper. You should be able to lift up the paint blob easily and in one piece.

Paint also sometimes gets on vinyl in specks or flecks from a roller. When attempting to remove this, avoid using razor blades. It is difficult to regulate both the pressure and the angle of the blade. This can make it easy to scratch the vinyl surface. Instead, use a fingernail or a plastic scraper to slowly remove the paint.

Removing Stains from Vinyl

In some cases, a stain can take hold on your vinyl windows before you notice. While these are often permanent, small stains can sometimes be removed with some careful cleaning. Start by applying a non-abrasive cleaner like Soft Scrub or a paste of Bon Ami. Allow the solution to sit for several minutes. After, scrub with a wash cloth or a soft brush. It may take several applications before you see an improvement. 

Clean your window frames regularly to protect them from permanent stains. If dirt is allowed to sit for months or years, permanent staining can result. By making window frame cleaning part of your seasonal chores, you can keep your frames looking fresh and clean and maintain the good looks of your home.

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