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Cleaning and Maintenance

Regular cleaning is recommended to keep your windows and doors looking great and operating properly over time. Some environments are more prone to buildup of common substances such as airborne dirt, dust, smoke, salt spray and other general airborne industrial solids. Windows and doors installed in these environments may require additional cleaning. Use a clean cloth with mild soap and water to wash away residue. Do not wash units in direct sunlight. Avoid using newspaper, razor blades and abrasive cleaners or solvents. Washing windows and doors with pressurized tools may cause damage and is not recommended.                                                                                                    

To clean glass always start cleaning from the uppermost window and work downward to reduce the risk of leaving cleaning residue on glass at lower levels.(1) Rinse the entire exterior glass surface with clean water to help loosen dirt and debris. (2) Clean the glass with a mild soap and water solution using a sponge or soft brush. Other commercial products like Windex® or Fantastik® glass cleaners are sufficient. (3) Rinse clean with water using a sponge if needed. (4) Do not allow to air dry. Dry immediately with a lint-free cloth or soft squeegee (with no exposed metal edges that could cause scratching). (5) Wipe cleaning solutions dry from the window frames and weatherstrip.      

To clean hinges, tracks, operating devices use a soft small brush, vacuum and/or a damp, soft cloth with a mixture of mild soap and water to wash away residue. For smooth operation, window and door hardware or other moving components may need to be lubricated. Dry lubricant spray is recommended. Do not use heavy oil lubricants that may collect corrosive particles. Adjustments may be necessary.

To clean handle sets use a clean cloth with mild soap and water to wash away residue. DO NOT use or apply harsh chemicals, abrasives and/or cleaners. Product damage could occur.

To clean weatherstrip use a solution of mild soap and water.  Inspect and assure the weatherstripping remains properly seated and located on windows and doors. Replace any weatherstrip that is cracked, torn or brittle. Doing so can help prevent costly damage due to water infiltration.

To clean insect screens, remove them from the window or door if possible. Wash with soft bristle brush and mild soapy water. Rinse with fresh water. Additional care may be required to prevent corrosion. Patio door insect screens should be checked once a year for operation and condition. Adjustments may be necessary.

If upon cleaning and maintaining you find you need replacement parts or further guidance you can call to schedule a service at 505-897-9985 or request a service through our website under the contact tab.