Now that you have some basic ideas about which Renewal by Andersen replacement windows will look great in your New Jersey home from our prior blog posts, you might be wondering which window styles are easiest to clean.
We know you don’t want to spend hours cleaning and polishing your windows every week, so, every Renewal by Andersen replacement window design makes it efficient and easy for New Jersey homeowners to keep their windows working well and looking beautiful without spending countless hours on maintenance.
To help you make the final decision about which window to order — or to help you make sure your view is always perfect — here are some recommendations for cleaning different window styles and accessories.
Tools of the Trade
You don’t need expensive solutions or equipment to clean any Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey replacement window. Soft lint-free cloths, a mild cleaning solution and a squeegee will do the trick. Always avoid abrasives and harsh chemicals that can pit or scratch glass and frame surfaces. Keep in mind it’s best to clean on a cloudy day if windows catch direct sunlight. This keeps your solution from drying too quickly and helps cut down on streaks and smears.
Both ammonia and vinegar can dry out weather-stripping and sealants. A mild soapy solution is best for cleaning and vinegar-based solutions can help you remove any residue left for a streak-free, picture-perfect view.
You can make a mild cleaning solution with supplies found in almost every home or by commercial cleaners. Here’s a simple recipe if you prefer to make your own solution:
Cleaning Recipe for One or Two windows:
- 1 cup clean tap water
- 1/4 teaspoon liquid dish soap
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
Cleaning Recipe for Larger or Tougher Window Cleaning:
- 8 cups water
- 1/8-1/4 cup vinegar
- 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
Cleaning is Easy with Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey Designs
Fixed Pane Styles
Cleaning fixed windows — with or without removable grilles — is easy. You clean the interior surfaces of fixed windows from inside your home and the exteriors on the outside. For your own safety, we recommend hiring a professional to clean upper-floor fixed windows unless you have safety ladders and extension equipment.
You can order between-the-glass grilles for fixed windows that make cleaning a breeze and give you versatile design options. Simply ask your replacement window representative to see samples of different grille styles for inspiration.
Sliders are energy-efficient and easy to clean. You can clean both the interior and exterior surfaces from inside your home — no need to consult with a professional.
- First remove grilles, if necessary; then clean the interior glass.
- Next, move each sash to the center of the opening.
- Remove the interior sash by lifting slightly and pulling the bottom of the sash toward you.
- Remove the outer sash in the same manner.
- Once the windows are clean on both sides, reinstall the windows one at a time.
- Check to make sure your sash is installed properly by closing and locking the windows.
If you have removable grilles, watch this short video to see how easy it is to remove grilles before cleaning and reinstall after the job is finished.
Double Hung Windows
Renewal by Andersen Double Hung windows are built with easy maintenance features. Using the wash-assist tabs allows you to tilt both the upper and lower sash to a 90 degree angle for access to exterior surfaces from inside your home. Clean the exterior first; then return each sash to its original position. Finally, clean the interior surfaces.
If you have screens, remove the screens before cleaning to allow full access. To access both surfaces from inside your home, simply open the window fully. If you have large windows, or windows with egress hinges, you may not be able to reach all surfaces from inside. If you have a squeegee with a long, or telescoping handle, you may be able to reach the far edge of a Casement Window from inside; otherwise cleaning large casement windows is a two-step process. Clean the interior from inside your home; then go outdoors to clean exterior surfaces.
We have helpful tips and information about all of our products to help you choose the best windows for your home and to help you take care of your windows to make sure they serve you for many, many years.
Ask a Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey Representative for More Information
We are here to help you make the best and most informed decisions about replacement windows and accessories. Need more information about cleaning hardware and taking care of screens and exterior grilles? Just give us a call at 1-888-826-2451 (or fill in your information in the box above) and ask how you can get our Renewal by Andersen Repair and Maintenance Guide.