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There is a lot to think about when you’re renovating a home. You need to make many decisions, starting with what contractor to use and how much money you want to spend. It helps if you have a clear vision for how you want your home to look when you’re done. If you’re not sure what it is that you want yet, take some time to look through my blog. I’ll discuss everything from home additions to flooring materials to appliances and fixtures. These articles will help you get a sense of the possibilities for your home renovation, and help you narrow down your options. Eventually, you’ll decide on the renovations that are right for you.

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Safe Cleaning Tips For Double-Hung Casement Windows

Pamela Gonzales

Installing new vinyl replacement windows can improve both the value and curb appeal of your home. One of the most popular styles of replacement windows on the market today is the double-hung casement window. If you're planning to install this type of window in your home, the following guide offers tips and instructions for safely cleaning a double-hung casement window.

Safe Cleaning Tips for Replacement Windows

To keep your new replacement windows looking their best, you'll occasionally need to clean them in a safe manner. This mainly requires a bit of elbow grease and commonsense, but there are a few pointers to remember before cleaning your windows.

  • Avoid using high-pressure power washers because the force of the spray could damage the caulking around your windows, resulting in leaks.
  • Never use abrasive cleaning products on window panes, tracks or frames because they can cause scratches in the glass and vinyl.
  • A stiff nylon brush can safely be used to remove dirt and debris from the tracks of your window frame.  
  • To lubricate the tracks after cleaning, use a silicone spray. Avoid oil-based lubricants because they attract more dirt.
  • Never use chlorine bleach, paint remover, nail polish remover or other harmful chemicals when cleaning around your windows because these products can damage the surface of your vinyl frames.

Keep in mind when you're attempting to remove the sticky manufacturer's label from your new replacement window, it is never safe to use a sharp object to scrape it off. One small, accidental slip can puncture the vinyl and damage your new window frame.

How to Clean Double-Hung Casement Windows

Double-hung windows earned their name because it's possible to open both the top and bottom portions of them. However, if you choose double-hung casement windows, the tilting sash offers you the luxury of cleaning both sides of the glass from indoors.

These 10 easy steps explain the process of cleaning both sides of a double-hung casement window:

  1. Raise the bottom sash of the window by at least three inches.
  2. Squeeze the tilt latches on both sides of the window to disengage them.
  3. Using both hands, gently tilt the sash of the lower window towards you.
  4. Support the window on the back of a chair or have a helper hold it while you clean the glass.
  5. When you're finished cleaning the glass of the bottom window pane, leave it resting on the back of the chair.
  6. Now lower the top window a couple inches.
  7. Squeeze the tilt latches until they are disengaged.
  8. Carefully pull the upper window sash towards you and rest it on top of the supported lower window to clean it.
  9. After you finish cleaning the upper window, firmly hold the top sash and tilt it all the way back into the frame until it clicks into place in the tracks.
  10. Repeat the process with the lower window sash to lock it securely back into the tracks of the window frame.

You may feel clumsy the first couple times you clean your new replacement windows, but once you become accustomed to tilting and moving the sashes along the tracks, this process will run much more quickly and efficiently. You may even start to wonder why you waited so long to install double-hung casement windows in your home.

It's time to put the ladder away because cleaning the outside surfaces of your double-hung replacement windows is now just as easy as cleaning the inside. As long as you follow these safe cleaning tips and abide by the manufacturer's instructions, you should have no trouble cleaning and maintaining your new vinyl replacement windows well into the future. For more information, contact a local company that specializes in replacement windows