How to Refresh Vinyl Window Frames

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Vinyl window frames are among the most popular today. Although wood, aluminum, and fiberglass frames are also available, the majority of American homeowners select vinyl frames because they offer a variety of benefits. They are, for instance, affordable on most budgets, long-lasting, and nearly maintenance-free. Like everything, though, there are downsides to vinyl window frames.

The primary issue is that they do become dirty after a while. This can affect your home’s curb appeal. If you’ve recently noticed that your vinyl window frames could use a good cleaning, but you don’t even know where to start, you are in the right place. Below, you’ll discover some helpful tips that will make cleaning your vinyl window frames a breeze.

Clean the frame well

The first thing you need to do is clean the frames of your windows well to see which areas are just dirty and which ones are actually discolored. It is important to clean vinyl frames gently, as even white vinyl can be damaged when harsh chemicals are used. For best results, mix a cleaning solution of two parts water and one part vinegar in a spray bottle. Then, scrub the frames well with a soft-bristled brush. This will not mar the vinyl but will do an effective cleaning job.

Dealing with mold and rust

If you discover that areas of your window frames are covered with mold, rust, or chalky white oxidation, don’t fret. There are methods you can use to clean even the toughest stains off of vinyl. One excellent option is to mix ⅓ cup liquid laundry detergent, ⅔ cup of household cleaning powder (such as Comet or Ajax), a quart of bleach, and a gallon of water. This typically removes even very difficult stains with a bit of scrubbing. Remember, use the same soft-bristled brush from your first cleaning session to avoid damage.

Think about painting the frames

If your vinyl window frames are in truly bad repair, but you haven’t noticed an increase in your monthly utility bills, painting them might be a better, more affordable option than paying for replacement windows. Painting vinyl window frames doesn’t have to be an impossible task. The first thing you need to do is pick the right paint for the job. Polyurethane-based enamel paint that is rated for use on vinyl is what most homeowners buy.

After you’ve chosen your paint and cleaned the window frames using the aforementioned method, you should sand the surface using 220-grit sandpaper. This will ensure that the paint properly adheres, and you don’t end up with spots that have too little coverage. It is also wise to prime the frames before applying the first coat of paint.

Cleaning and possibly painting your vinyl window frames is something you can do on your own or, if you don’t have the time, a job professional can easily complete. If you are interested in having the Hatch Homes team handle your project for you, give us a call at your earliest convenience. We look forward to working with you!

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