Cleaning and Lubrication

How to Keep Your Windows Clean and Lubricated

  • Vacuum dirt and debris from sill and track areas before washing
  • Clean glass and window or door frame with a mixture of mild dish soap and water. Rinse completely with clean water and wipe dry with a soft cloth to avoid water spots.
  • Avoid washing glass in direct sunlight.
  • Never use abrasive or caustic cleaners. They can cause permanent damage to the frame finish or the glass.
  • Mild, nonabrasive soaps are usually the safest for most dirt and stain removal, but any cleaner you use should be tested in an inconspicuous area first.
  • Always rinse completely with clear water and wipe dry if possible.
  • Check to make sure drainage or "weep" holes are always clear of dirt and obstructions – both inside and outside the window or door in the bottom of the frame. Composite windows do not have weep holes. Note: If the window is "stacked," there may be weep holes between units.
  • Clean screens by removing them, washing them on a flat, clean surface with mild soap and water and a soft brush. Then rinse, wipe dry and reinstall.
  • Windows and doors with moving parts include hardware components that should be lubricated periodically. In salt-air environments, these components require monthly lubrication.
  • After wiping clean, use a silicone spray with a non-petroleum-based propellant on door or sliding window tracks, rollers and locking hardware

For more information, including recommendations for cleaners, check out our Care & Cleaning Tips.