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Simple Tips to Clean Your Fiberglass Windows This Fall

There are many reasons people choose fiberglass windows, including the fact that they require very little maintenance. You can expect your new fiberglass windows not to warp, to not be damaged by most weather, not to crack, and not to discolor the way another type of window frame would. This is true even after they’ve been installed for many years.

That said, while maintenance may be minimal and these window frames may be able to handle a lot, that doesn’t mean they don’t have to be cleaned. Cleaning them regularly can help them look their best and ensure you get the most from your investment. Here are a few of the best tips we have at Charles Window to keep your windows sparkling clean.

Start with the right cleaning products

First and foremost, it’s important to use the right products to clean your windows. We recommend using a detergent that’s gentle and non-abrasive. We also suggest that soft cloths are the best way to get rid of dirt and grime from your windows. Simply wiping your windows down with soap and warm water, and then drying with cloths, is likely the easiest way to clean your windows.

Using a harsher cleaning product, or materials to wipe down the windows, could scratch or otherwise damage the windows. We recommend that you only use detergents of standard strength – not extra strength – and that you stick to soaps that were made specifically for use on homes, not industrial-strength soaps.

A step by step process to cleaning your fiberglass windows

As long as you’re using materials that are safe on your windows, there really isn’t a right or wrong way to wash your windows. That said, we find that following this method works well for us:

  • Use a broom with soft bristles and a long handle to get rid of any spider webs, bugs, or other loose materials that may be attached to your window frames.
  • Check your cleaning solution to see how it should be diluted (if necessary) and then follow the instructions to get it ready to use.
  • Apply your cleaning solution to a soft cloth and wipe the surface of your window frames gently. The purpose here is to get rid of all the surface dirt without scrubbing or rubbing hard.
  • If you have a stubborn stain, you may test an aggressive cleaner on an inconspicuous area of your window frames to see if it will damage them or not.

It’s never a good idea to use a solvent, paint thinner, or other extremely harsh chemicals on your windows. If you’re not sure what cleaners are right for your windows, feel free to reach out to Charles Window for assistance.