One of the great benefits of vinyl windows is the ease with which they can be cleaned. Washing your windows and removing mildew is a relatively simple procedure as long as you have the correct tools.
Outdoor Mildew Removal
To remove mildew from the exterior of your vinyl windows, use a solution comprised of equal parts oxygen bleach and water. Oxygen bleach is better than chlorine bleach because it won't damage plants beneath the windows. However, check with your window's warranty before using oxygen bleach. If oxygen bleach is prohibited on the warranty, use vinegar without water to wash the windows.
Dip the handle of a soft bristle brush into the solution, and then use the brush to wash down the windows. When you're finished, rinse the windows with a gentle spray of water from the hose. Do not spray the windows with a hard jet of water, as this may result in water reaching your home's interior.
To clean the inside of your home's windows, you'll need several soft microfiber cloths and a spray bottle filled with equal parts water and oxygen bleach. Again, if your window warranty prohibits the use of bleach, fill the spray bottle with vinegar without water. Follow this procedure:
Mildew takes time and moisture to grow. The growth of mildew can often be prevented by increasing airflow around the windows, keeping the windows dry, and by cleaning the sash on a regular basis. To prevent mildew from growing on window interiors, run climate control or a dehumidifier throughout the year to keep the humidity levels in your home down.
To prevent mildew from growing on window exteriors, cut back bushes and shrubs that lock in moisture around the windows and prevent sunlight from reaching the window. In addition, keep your gutters clean and clog-free to prevent water from running down the side of your house during rainstorms.
For more information about the best ways to clean and remove mildew from your vinyl windows, speak with a vinyl window installation specialist, such as Beissel Window & Siding. They will be able to give you tips and suggestions for maintaining your vinyl windows.
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