CONTRACTOR 101: EDUCATE YOUR HOMEOWNER

CONTRACTOR 101: EDUCATE YOUR HOMEOWNER

Vinyl windows and siding products are not only aesthetically pleasing; they are low-maintenance and hassle-free too! Our products are easy to clean with some quick Do’s and Dont’s:iStock_000022048406_small

The Do’s and Don’ts for Cleaning your Vinyl Windows:

Do

  • Open the top and bottom sash for improved ventilation.
  • Use both hands to support sashes while tilting them in to clean.
  • Support the sashes when they are in the cleaning position.
  • Make sure the tilt latches are fully engaged after tilting sashes back into the operating position.
  • Make sure the top sash on a double-hung window is closed and up all the way before locking the window.

Don’t

  • Do not leave the lock in the locked position when closing the window, this will damage the keeper.
  • Do not attempt to remove the sashes on double-hung windows.
  • Do not use oil base spray lubricants such as WD 40, they attract dirt.
  • Do not use a silicone spray for lubrication.
  • Do not leave the center section of a “Swing & Clean” sliding window open without proper support.
  • Do not attempt to move a “Swing & Clean” sliding window sash when the pivot hardware is locked.
  • Do not use abrasive-type cleaners to clean the glass or vinyl on these windows.
  • Do not use solvents to clean the windows.
  • Do not use a high pressure hose to clean the outside of a window.

For more information on cleaning your windows download out care and operation manual here

Do’s and Dont’s for Cleaning your Vinyl Siding:

Do

  • Clean periodically by using a garden hose and clean water
  • For more use a soft-bristled, long handled washing brush
  • For hard-to-remove dirt, such as soot and grime in industrial areas, wipe down with a recommended solution mentioned below.
  • Start at the bottom and work to the top when doing the whole house to avoid streaking
  • Rinse entire surface with fresh water after cleaning

Don’t

  • Do not use any methods not recommended by the manufacturer
  • Do not scrub vigorously when cleaning with a brush to avoid creating a glossy area
  • Do not clean with any solution without spot testing first
  • Do not use cleaners containing organic solvents, undiluted chlorine bleach, liquid grease remover, nail polish remove, or furniture polish and/or cleaners

For more information visit Vinyl Siding Institute here

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