Double hung windows are ideal for making your home more comfortable, safe, energy efficient and stylish. However, without the proper care, the new replacement windows on your Tacoma, WA home won’t stay that way forever.
The only way to keep your replacement windows at optimum function and appearance for their full life span is to do some regular maintenance and cleaning. How do you clean double hung replacement windows? All you have to do is use this step-by-step guide to help you keep your double hung replacement windows clean:
- Unlock all of the windows by moving the bottom sash latches inwards.
- Start at one window, and raise its bottom sash six to eight inches up.
- Find the tilt hatches on the bottom sash, and pull them inwards as if you were trying to have the hatches meet in the middle of the window.
- Gently tilt the window forwards towards the inside of your house. The goal is to get the window to be flat, at an almost 90 degree angle. However, you need to be careful that you don’t tilt the window too far, so it’s important to go slowly.
- Slide the top sash downwards for six to eight inches.
- Find the tilt hatches on the window’s top sash and move them inwards, just like you did on the bottom sash.
- Just like you did on the bottom sash, slowly and gently tilt the window forwards towards the inside of your house. The goal is to get the window to be flat, at an almost 90 degree angle. Don’t tilt it too far.
- You’re ready to start cleaning!
- Begin with the top sash, cleaning from the interior to the exterior.
- Once you’ve cleaned the interior, slide the top sash back into its frame to clean the exterior of the window.
- Clean the bottom sash, again starting with the interior.
- Move the bottom sash back into place, and clean the exterior of the bottom sash.
- Replace the sash back in its frame.
- Put the sash back into the lift rail and close the window. Be careful not to close the window from the top to avoid damaging it.
You can use standard window and glass cleaners like Windex or vinegar to clean the window’s glass panes. However, be careful to only use those solutions on the glass. You need different cleaners to clean the window frame. Use a magic eraser for vinyl window frames, and soft clothes and wood polish for wooden window frames.
It’s a breeze to keep your replacement windows looking and working great for many years to come if you keep them clean with these tips and tricks. If you need more help cleaning your windows, or have general questions about Tacoma, WA replacement windows, Puget Sound Window & Door is here for you. Please stop by and visit us at 445 E Main Ave Puyallup, WA 98372, or give us a call at (253) 904-8658.