There’s no shortage of reasons you want your brand new custom windows to look and perform their best. However, one of the key things that most buyers tend to forget after the installation of your new windows is that, if you want them to last, maintaining your windows is absolutely a necessity. We’ve somewhat put together a brief outline for you, in order to help you get the most time out of your new custom windows.
Although you wouldn’t necessarily think about it, there are several moving parts on your brand new Dayside windows. If those parts aren’t kept well lubricated, they’ll dry up and will affect the functionality of your windows.
We recommend using a silicone-based spray, which provides a protective coating that aids for easier operation, on the operating components of the windows. The application will also prevent the rubber seals from sticking to the sill or frame and tearing when the window is opened. Operating components include: operating arms, handles, rubber seals, screws, hinges, and lock cylinders.
Exterior and interior caulking is exposed to elements that will, over time, breakdown the viscosity of the caulking. This can lead to your windows generating a draft, insect invasion, and water leakage.
In order to maintain your new windows and keep them in the best possible shape, check the interior and exterior caulking, looking for any cracks or missing caulking. We recommend applying a new bead of caulking where necessary.
No one likes the look of dirty, smudged windows, from both inside and out. Although not everyone has the time for window upkeep, ideally the windows in your home are thoroughly cleaned at least once a year — twice is best. We recommend scheduling cleanings for the end of fall and the end of spring.
To clean your windows properly, start with a dusting brush attachment, and vacuum the interior of the window sills and frames. Next, using a cleaning sponge or soft cloth, wash the windows with a cleaning solution, using a circular motion, washing from the perimeter/corners inward towards the centre of the window.
Dry the window using a squeegee, paper towel, lint free cloth or newspaper. Make sure to use strokes in the same direction — if you use vertical strokes on the inside, and horizontal on the outside, you will be able to see the differing streaks.
Wash the exterior of the windows using the same process as above, minus the vacuuming.
Alternative 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.