How to Clean Sliding Windows

Sliding glass window

To keep your windows looking as good as new, regular maintenance is key. Luckily, slider windows are easy to clean in just a few simple steps — no ladder needed. Their low-maintenance design is one of the main reasons so many people choose to have these types of windows installed in their homes. They will look beautiful for years to come with a little help from some cleaning now and then. If your slider windows need some TLC, follow these steps and tips from the experts at New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc., serving homeowners throughout northern New Jersey.

How Often Do Sliding Windows Need to Be Cleaned?

How often your windows should be cleaned depends on the type you have. Some materials wear down faster than others and require more frequent maintenance. In general, however, it’s recommended to clean residential windows 2 to 3 times per year. The cleaner they are, the more attractive your home will be, inside and outside. As you clean, use this time to check for signs of wear and tear, such as dents, scratches, and storm damage, so that you can address any repairs that may be needed.

What You’ll Need to Clean Your Sliding Windows

If your sliding windows were installed by New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc., chances are they are SoftLite vinyl windows. This is good news because vinyl windows are probably the easiest to take care of. Even so, grime can still build up over time. All you need is some dish soap, water, and a soft cloth or soft-bristled brush. Rub down the frame and then, using a circular motion, wipe the glass panels. If you have tough stains, SoftLite suggests that instead of dish soap, you can mix bleach or Lysol with water. Always avoid abrasive cleaners. Never wash your windows with high-pressure sprays or hoses. Be sure to check your manual and warranty information to ensure you don’t use any cleaning products or methods that could void your warranty.

The Best Method for Cleaning a Slider Window

Slider windows are similar to double-hung windows, except they open horizontally. The great thing about them is that you can clean the interior and the exterior of this style window very easily, all from inside the safety of your own home. There’s no need to go outside or get on a ladder to reach second-story windows. All you have to do is remove the window from the inside and then set it down. Here are the recommended steps for properly cleaning your SoftLite slider windows:

  1. Unlock the window.
  2. Slide the sash to the fully opened position.
  3. Grasp the sash on either side and lift it into the head of the window until the bottom of the sash clears the sill.
  4. Swing the bottom of the sash into the home, and once it’s cleared, then lower the rest of the sash out of the window frame.
  5. Place the sash on a soft surface.
  6. Wipe the glass clean, as well as the track and frame.

Once you’re satisfied that your window is thoroughly cleaned, place the sash back into the frame. To do so, you’ll just follow the same steps as above, only in reverse order.

Learn All About Sliding Windows

Homeowners are falling in love with slider windows. They offer expansive, unobstructed views of the outdoors. They let in more sunshine and allow you to take in the beauty of the nature around you. And, as you now know, slider windows are also extremely easy to clean. They’re specifically designed for easy maintenance. SoftLite sliding windows even feature corrosion-resistant brass rollers, so you can worry less about rust or general wear and tear and spend more time enjoying them.

Other reasons to install vinyl windows in your home include:

  • Excellent energy efficiency
  • Long-lasting performance and durability
  • Attractive colors and wood-laminate finishes are available

Contact the Window Experts in NJ

With fresh, clean windows, comes a better-looking interior and exterior for you, your family, and your guests to enjoy. If you have any questions about maintenance for your sliding windows or installing replacement windows, we’ll be happy to help with anything you need for your home improvement projects. With over 20 years of experience serving the northern New Jersey area, you can count on our window experts to have your back. Contact the team at New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc.