What Can I Use to Clean the Vinyl on Windows?

For a clean vinyl window, start by washing the vinyl portion with a few drops of a mild liquid cleaner in a bucket of water. If you have more stubborn build-up, the following mild or non-abrasive household cleaners can work well: Formula 409, Ajax Liquid Cleaner, Murphy’s Oil Soap, Lysol Cleaner, Soft Scrub without bleach or regular Alcohol. A simple vinegar and water mixture will also work.

The Following Types of Cleaners Should Not be Used on Vinyl:

Do not use: Bleaches, Acids, Caustics, Methyl Chloride, Methylene Chloride, Xylene, Toluene, Pine Power, Ivory, Grease Relief, Tide Detergent, Nail Polish Remover (acetone) or similar products.

What Can I Use to Clean the Glass?

Usually, a few drops of a mild liquid cleaner in a bucket of water is sufficient to clean the glass. Or, Windex and other glass cleaners can also be used. For a clean vinyl window be sure to use only a soft, absorbent cloth on the glass.

When Using a Razor Blade to Clean the Glass:

Though generally not recommended, if you must use a razor to clean the glass, use this method: Wet the glass first then run a razor onto the glass in one direction only.  If necessary repeat in the same direction.  Do not drag the razor blade back and forth on the glass because this will scratch the surface, especially on tempered glass.

Maintaining the Sash

Once the window frames have been cleaned, you can spay silicone lubricant on the balance rods.  Then raise the sash and spray on the inside channel so the sash can operate freely for proper vinyl window maintenance.