The main appeal of sliding windows is their ease of operation. All it takes to get more ventilation is a slight push. The simplicity of sliding windows’ moving parts is a key factor behind their ease of operation, but this simplicity doesn’t mean sliding windows need less maintenance than other types of windows. Regardless of the type of window, routine maintenance is key to keeping them in good working condition.
Mid America Exteriors, a company specializing in siding and decks, shares some maintenance tips.
Lubricating the Window Rollers and Runners
Bits of metal tend to get left behind in the runners. Left unattended, these will rust and impede the rollers. To prevent the formation of rust, lubricate the runners regularly and clean them every six months or whenever there’s dirt build-up. You can wipe the dirt off using a damp cloth or a toothbrush for the more stubborn stains. After you’re done cleaning, spritz a bit of dry silicone spray on the tracks to keep the rollers running smoothly.
Cleaning the Glass Panes
Foggy sliding windows can ruin expansive views from decks. A few swipes with a squeegee should clear them, but you need to take care not to scratch the glass. Listed below are some general window-cleaning tips.
- Sweep or vacuum off dust and dirt first – doing so would prevent them from turning into hard-to-remove grime.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals – use a cleaning solution made from vinegar or liquid detergent instead. Add only a few drops of liquid detergent to prevent the formation of streaks and residue.
- Don’t use paper towels or newspapers to wipe the glass panes – paper towels can leave behind traces of lint while the ink from the newspaper can cause stains.
Mid America Exteriors offers an expansive catalog of siding and windows. Whether you need vinyl siding or new sliding windows, you’ll have a wide range of options to choose from. To get a free quote, call (316) 416-2045 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Wichita and Derby, KS.