Maintaining Your Windows and Doors
Maintaining your windows and doors or patio door is important to keep it operating at it’s full potential. New Mexico weather has drying effects that other climates don’t need to worry about. Additional care and conditioning of your wood and vinyl may be required. Here are some important steps to take throughout the year to keep your windows and doors looking beautiful.
- Keep sill track clean of dirt and debris so water can flow freely outside.
- Keep all weep holes free of obstructions so water can flow freely outside.
- Inspect exterior caulking regularity and replace when necessary.
- Clean and check operation of hardware and weather-stripping regularity and repair if necessary.
- Determine the source of any moisture that you see around your windows or doors and stop it’s entry and accumulation.
- Dry out immediately any areas around your windows and doors that you observe are wet ( immediate action is necessary to mitigate any damage to your home). The use of a dehumidifier, fan, or any warm air source will help dry out the area.
- Maintain relative humidity at moderate levels.
Caution: DO NOT USE paint thinners, lacquer thinner, gasoline, kerosene, or any other harsh chemical to clean surfaces or hardware.
Stained or Painted Wood Finishes
- To clean wash with mild soap and water, rinse with clear water and wipe dry. Apply a light coat of wax (Lemon Pledge) and wipe off excess.
- Keep weatherstrip clean of dirt and grit from proper seal. Wash with mild soap and water, rinse with water wipe and dry. Apply light coat of wax (lemon Pledge) and wipe off excess.
- For scuff marks on painted finishes, use mild liquid cleanser (Such Soft Scrub by Clorox), rinse with clear wand and wipe dry.
- If finish is accidentally scratched or chipped, clean as recommended above and use standard wood finish repair crayon or touch-up paint supplied.
- To protect finish, spray and wipe with protectant (such as Armor All).
- To clean, wash with mild soap, such as Fantastic and water. Heavy dirt and stains may require stronger cleaning compounds such as vinyl siding cleaner. The surface can be wiped down with solvent such as turpentine, naphtha, nail polish remover (acetone), and alcohol. CAUTION: as some cleaners may mar or scratch vinyl.
- Abrasive cleaners will scratch the surface and are not recommended.
- To protect finish, spray with vinyl protector such as Armor-All. This is especially an important step for replacement windows in Albuquerque and replacement windows in Santa fe as well as patio doors in Albuquerque and patio doors in Santa Fe.
- Window hardware and door hardware, much like sterling silver even the finest brass will react naturally to the elements surrounding it. To maintain, polish with non abrasive automotive or furniture wax. Keeping your hardware cleaned and maintained you will be rewarded with a long-lasting finish.
- Tighten screws when necessary.
- Lightly oil as needed. Wipe off excess.