Awning windows aren’t as easy to clean as double-hung windows, but most modern awning windows have functional components, allowing them to be cleaned from inside your home. This means you won’t have to worry about climbing up a ladder to get the job done. Learn more about cleaning an awning window and which products are best for them.
Cleaning an awning window may seem like a challenge, but it’s actually quite a simple process. Follow the steps below during your spring and fall cleaning, and you’ll have sparkling, immaculate awning windows all year long.
1. Remove and Clean the Screen
Removing the screen from your awning window is quite easy. To do this, find the small tabs or pins along the side of the screen. If your screen has pins, they may require loosening before you remove the screen. Once loosened, grab the pins and pull the window screen in toward you. To clean the screen, place it in a large sink or bathtub with warm water and mild dish soap and scrub it with a soft bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly, and let it dry before returning it to the window.
2. Wipe Down the Frame
Using the soap and water solution used for your screen, take a soft cloth and wipe down the frame around the glass, making sure to remove grease marks and dirt from the surface. To avoid streaking, take a dry, soft cloth, such as microfiber, and wipe the moisture from the frame.
3. Clean the Glass
First, polish the interior of the glass using your preferred glass cleaner. To wash the exterior, lift the sash lock handle and rotate the crank to fully open the window. This should open wide enough for you to reach outside and clean the glass, using the same method as the interior.
4. Lubricate the Hinges and Cranks
Windows with moving parts require regular lubrication to keep them in their proper working condition. Making this a part of your cleaning routine ensures that your window hinges and cranks are maintained regularly. To do this, use a silicone-based spray lubricant and a dry cloth. Spray the lubricant onto the cloth and quickly wipe the hinges and cranks.
5. Replace the Screen
Before replacing the screen, ensure that it’s completely dry, as to not leave water marks on the freshly buffed window glass. To return the screen to the window, simply pop it back into place and tighten the pins.
What Products are Best for Cleaning an Awning Window?
When cleaning an awning window, you want to make sure the products you use won’t damage the glass or leave unsightly streaks. The products used depend on how filthy the glass is.
Removing Dust and Fingerprints
Dust and fingerprints can be easily removed from window glass with a glass cleaner spray or a solution of vinegar and water, and a paper towel, soft cloth or even newspaper will make the pane gleam.
Removing Heavy Dirt, Mildew and Grime
For heavier cleaning, which may be required on window exteriors, you may need to use a soft-bristled brush with soapy water or window cleaner. It’s important to avoid using abrasive cleaners on your windows as they can damage the glass.
Cleaning Your Awning Windows
It’s also important to maintain a regular cleaning schedule for your awning windows to preserve their look and working condition. Clean windows allow more light into your home, give you a clearer view of outside and provide an aesthetic appeal. If you’re looking for new windows, Thompson Creek can help you find windows that suit your home and your budget. Call us today for a free, no-obligation quote.