Cleaning and Lubrication
How to Keep Your Windows Clean and Lubricated
- Vacuum dirt and debris from sill and track areas before washing
- Clean glass and window or door frame with a mixture of mild dish soap and water. Rinse completely with clean water and wipe dry with a soft cloth to avoid water spots.
- Avoid washing glass in direct sunlight.
- Never use abrasive or caustic cleaners. They can cause permanent damage to the frame finish or the glass.
- Mild, nonabrasive soaps are usually the safest for most dirt and stain removal, but any cleaner you use should be tested in an inconspicuous area first.
- Always rinse completely with clear water and wipe dry if possible.
- Check to make sure drainage or "weep" holes are always clear of dirt and obstructions – both inside and outside the window or door in the bottom of the frame. Composite windows do not have weep holes. Note: If the window is "stacked," there may be weep holes between units.
- Clean screens by removing them, washing them on a flat, clean surface with mild soap and water and a soft brush. Then rinse, wipe dry and reinstall.
- Windows and doors with moving parts include hardware components that should be lubricated periodically. In salt-air environments, these components require monthly lubrication.
- After wiping clean, use a silicone spray with a non-petroleum-based propellant on door or sliding window tracks, rollers and locking hardware
For more information, including recommendations for cleaners, check out our Care & Cleaning Tips.