Double hung replacement windows are energy efficient and highly functioning, but, without the proper care, the double hung replacement windows on your Houston, TX home won’t stay that way forever. The only way to maintain your replacement windows for their full life span is to do some regular maintenance and cleaning. But how do you go about cleaning double hung replacement windows?

This step-by-step guide can help you keep your double hung replacement windows clean, highly functioning and beautiful for years to come.

  1. Unlock all of the windows by moving the bottom sash latches inwards.
  2. Doing one window at a time, raise the bottom sash six to eight inches up.
  3. Find the tilt hatches on the bottom sash, and pull them inwards as if you were trying to have the hatches meet in the middle of the window.
  4. Gently tilt the window forwards towards the inside of your house. The goal is to get the window to be flat, at an almost 90 degree angle. However, you need to be careful that you don’t tilt the window too far, so it’s important to go slowly.
  5. Slide the top sash downwards for six to eight inches.
  6. Find the tilt hatches on the window’s top sash and move them inwards, just like you did on the bottom sash.
  7. Just like on the bottom sash, slowly and gently tilt the window forwards towards the inside of your house. The goal is to get the window to be flat, at an almost 90 degree angle. Don’t tilt it too far.
  8. You’re ready to start cleaning!
  9. Begin with the top sash, cleaning from the interior to the exterior.
  10. Once you’ve cleaned the interior, slide the top sash back into its frame to clean the exterior of the window.
  11. Clean the bottom sash, again starting with the interior.
  12. Move the bottom sash back into place, and clean the exterior of the bottom sash.
  13. Replace the sash back in its frame.
  14. Put the sash back into the lift rail and close the window. Be careful not to close the window from the top to avoid damaging it.

You can use standard glass cleaners like Windex or homemade vinegar solutions to clean the window’s glass panes. However, be careful to only use those solutions on the glass. You need different cleaners to clean the window frame, as standard solutions can damage the frame materials. Use a magic eraser for vinyl window frames, and soft clothes and wood polish for wooden window frames.

With these simple 14 steps, you can keep your replacement windows looking and working great for many years to come. If you need more help cleaning your windows, or have more questions about Houston, TX replacement windows, Custom Windows of Texas can help. Visit us at 1291 N Post Oak Rd #100 Houston, TX 77055, or give us a call at (713) 864-2747 today.