One of the most common reasons for window failure is lack of regular maintenance. A big part of what makes sliding windows such a great choice for window replacement is how easy they are to take care of.
As a rule of thumb, if your sliding window starts to become difficult to open, it’s time to give it a little tender loving care. Here are some tips on how to do this.
Detaching the Window from the Track
Slide the window open past the lift blocks. Lifting it gently onto the upper track, pull the window toward you and lift it out of the frame.
Keep the Tracks Clean
The tracks that sliding windows run on tend to accumulate dirt and grime. This is easily addressed with a vacuum or a soft brush, along with an occasional scrub with a mild dishwashing solution. In the case of hardened dirt, some detergent on an abrasive sponge or some steel wool will usually work. Afterwards, make sure to lubricate both upper and lower tracks with some silicone spray.
Cleaning the Frame
While cleaning instructions for your window’s frames will differ with the material, in general all you really need is a rag or soft brush and a mild mix of soap and water. Wipe down your window frames and let dry.
Cleaning the Window Glass
You’ll want to clean your sliding windows out of direct sunlight. Otherwise, the cleaning solution will dry too fast and leave streaks on the glass.
Using a spray bottle, spray the glass with a mild cleaning solution; alternatively, a mix of 2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar in 20 ounces of water works well too. Gently scrub with a nylon scrub brush to remove dirt or debris. Wipe down afterwards with a damp cloth, and then with a dry towel.
To polish the glass, use wadded-up newspaper. This also removes any chemical traces that might leave streaks on the glass.