Vinyl windows are great! Not only do they provide superior insulation, but they also require minimal maintenance. 

However, with that being said, there are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to caring for your vinyl windows.

In this article, we'll discuss just that.

So, what's the wait for? Let's dive in!

What Is A Vinyl Window?

Before we jump into the do’s and don'ts of vinyl window care, let's take a minute to discuss what vinyl windows are. 

Vinyl windows are made of polyvinyl chloride. This is a type of plastic that resists wear and tear better than wood or aluminum frames. 

Some key features of vinyl windows are that they are durable, low-cost, and require very little maintenance. They also come in an array of colors and styles, from double-hung to casement to bay or bow windows.

Plus, they are known to be energy efficient because they are constructed with insulated frames and multiple air chambers that reduce heat transfer.

Things You Should Do:

Now that you know what vinyl windows are, let’s move on to discussing the do’s. 

  1. Keep Your Windows Dust-free

Don't let the dust bunnies have their way with your windows! Regularly clean them off with either a microfiber cloth or vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment. This to prevent a buildup of dust, which can lead to scratches on your glass.

  1. Use A Mild Cleaning Solution 

When it comes to washing vinyl windows, always use a gentle cleaning solution such as dish soap and water. This is important because harsher chemicals have been known to cause damage to vinyl windows. If you don't want to make your own cleaning solution, you can buy one from your local store. 

  1. Avoid Leaving Streaks 

If there's anything more frustrating than cleaning windows, it's having to clean them twice. But don't worry. There are many ways to avoid leaving streaks while cleaning. Firstly, always use a small amount of your cleaning solution so that it doesn't drip excessively. Also, wipe your cleaning tool regularly so it doesn't leave dirt.

Moreover, move in a circular motion instead of straight lines when wiping. And don't forget to buff your windows afterward with a clean, dry cloth for the perfect streak-free finish  

  1. Clean The Weep Holes

When it comes to window care, don't forget about the weep holes! Cleaning them every few months – or before you wash your windows – is important. Otherwise, they can get clogged and trap water, which can lead to mold and rot in no time. 

Don’t fret. You don’t need a fancy tool for this job. A brush with stiff bristles will do the trick, or you can use a thin wire brush if there’s tough debris in there. 

By the way, not all windows have weep holes, so you might be in luck and have one less thing to clean. Hooray!

  1. Pick The Right Weather For Cleaning

For those of you looking to spruce up your vinyl windows, make sure to choose a day with mild temperatures and low humidity. During a hot day, the cleaning solution you use on your vinyl windows can dry up too quickly and leave streaks. Cold weather can make it difficult for the detergent to dissolve in water. So, be sure to pick a day with moderate temperatures to get the best results. 

  1. Lubricate The Moving Parts

Using a light lubricant like petroleum jelly or silicone can help keep your windows in good condition and reduce friction and squeaks. Apply the lubricant to the tracks, hinges, locks, and any other moving parts on your window.

  1. Inspect For Damages

Regularly check your vinyl windows for visible signs of damage, such as cracks, discoloration, warping, or any other signs of wear and tear. If you notice these issues, it's best to call a professional for help as soon as possible. 

  1. Maintain The Weatherstripping And Caulking

Don't let your caulking and weatherstripping get too old and crusty. Fill in any gaps in your caulking and replace worn-out weatherstripping. This will help keep out drafts, reduce moisture infiltration, and extend the life of your windows. 

Things You Shouldn’t Do:

With do’s come the don’ts. Let’s take a look at the don’ts now!

  1. Keep The Power Washer At A Distance

Power washers may seem like a great way to get your windows sparkling, but they are not your friend when it comes to caring for vinyl windows. You can blast away dirt and grime with them all you want, but that power will end up doing more harm than good. The force of a power washer is too much  for vinyl windows and will eventually cause them to deform and crack. 

  1. Put Your Paint Back Inside

Though it may seem like painting your vinyl windows would give your home a nice fresh look, it’s not recommended. Paint might look wonderful on your windows at first, but it will eventually chip off and cause damage to the windows.

  1. Don’t Use Harsh Cleaners

Harsh cleaners such as bleach should be avoided when cleaning vinyl windows. These products can strip away the protective coating on the window and can damage the vinyl. 

  1. Steer Clear of Spraying Lubricants Directly

Spraying lubricants directly onto vinyl windows can cause the glass to become cloudy or can leave a permanent mark. It is best to use a cloth or brush to apply the lubricant onto the tracks and hinges and remove any excess with a dry cloth. This will ensure your windows stay clean and shiny without damage.

  1. Never Use Abrasive Materials

Vinyl is not a material that takes well to being scrubbed with abrasive materials. Using them can cause scratching and damage to your windows. You should also avoid using sharp tools such as steel wool or metal scrapers.

  1. Avoid Hanging Objects On The Window

It may seem tempting to hang decorations from your vinyl windows, but doing so can scratch or even warp the frame. Heavy objects are especially damaging and may eventually cause cracking. To avoid any potential damage to your window, keep the hanging of items limited to other places in your home.

That's it! Take care of the dos and don'ts we've just discussed, and your vinyl windows will look good for years to come.


July 12, 2023 — Della Wang