Lubricating the operating components for windows.
We recommend using a silicone spray on the operating components of your windows. On casement windows this would include the operating arms, handles, rubber seals and screws. This will prevent then from rusting, ice buildup or tearing of the rubber seals.
On sliders we recommend that all tracks be free of dirt and grit. Awning windows should be treated the same as casement windows ensuring all operating components are lubricated.
Check the interior and exterior caulking looking for any cracks or missing caulking. We recommend applying a new bead of caulking to ensure freedom from draft, insect invasion, water leakage etc. Caulking is not covered under warranty.
Lubricating the operating components for doors.
Lubricate all operational components with silicone spray. Handles, hinges, lock cylinders, rubber seals on bottom of door and around the door.
Why Maintain Your Windows?
The silicone spray provides a protective coating that aids for easier operation. This application prevents the rubber seals from sticking to the sill or frame and tearing upon opening.
Exterior and interior caulking is exposed to elements that will over time breakdown the viscosity of the product. These recommendations are the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure the performance of your investment.
Good maintenance practice will ensure a long life for the product and provide the comfort and energy savings you insist upon.
Cleaning Of Your New Windows
Ideally the windows in your home are thoroughly cleaned at least once a year, if not twice a year.
It’s an excellent idea to clean the windows at the end of the fall and spring season.
As well as scheduling the window cleaning end of fall or spring also schedule for a day without much sun. Too much sun tends to dry the windows too quickly, leading to unsightly streaks.
To clean your window properly you will need to gather a few essential supplies.
Use a dusting brush attachment and vacuum the interior of the windows sills and frames.
Use a cleaning sponge or soft cloth, to dip into the cleaning solution, squeezing the excess liquid.
Wash the windows with circular movements; wash from the corners and outer perimeter of the window towards the interior or centre of window.
Dry the window using a squeegee, paper towel, lint free cloth, or newspaper. All the strokes you make should go in the same direction if you apply vertical strokes on one side and horizontal on the other you will be able to tell.
If you are using crumpled newspaper to dry wear gloves to avoid ink on your hands, the ink will not transfer to the glass.
Wash the exterior of the windows following the above steps with the exception of the vacuuming.
Alternative Window Cleaning Solutions
Vinegar – make a solution of ½ teaspoon of liquid soap, ¼ cup vinegar (white) and 2 cups water, mix in a spray bottle. This combination will be streak free and will take off the residue left by other cleaners. Spray on and wipe off with a lint free cloth or squeegee.
Ammonia – is the main ingredient used in most commercial window cleaners and it can be more effective than vinegar. For ammonia based solution use 1 tablespoon for every gallon of water. Mix solution in a spray bottle and wipe with sponge or soft cloth.
Lemon – with this solution you will have a scrubber and a cleaner all in one. Squeeze a lemon and remove all seeds. Then press the skin directly to the window and rub circles around smudges. Work in small areas and follow with a cloth to dry.