Effortless – it is a word that best describes sliding windows, not just in terms of operation, but also when it comes to cleaning them. The horizontal track where the movable sash slides must be dust free and well lubricated. Weatherstripping must be updated once in a while to prevent drafts and moisture from entering your interior. Maintaining this important home component ensures its continuous performance and longevity.
In today’s post, the window replacement pros at Commonwealth Roofing & Siding share tips on how to properly clean and maintain your sliding windows.
The sashes of sliding windows fit into the upper and lower track, just like a sliding door. The lower track, also known as a sill track, has a runner that fits into the bottom sash’s groove. It is through this runner that the whole sash can be removed. Others have tilt latches that secure the top part of the sash with the upper track, also known as the head track.
Cleaning the Window Sash and Frames
You should use a damp cloth to remove dust and dirt from the tracks and the runners. Then, spray dry silicone solution on the tracks for the sash to slide flawlessly. As for the window glass, use a window cleaner and a soft cloth to wipe off any water spots or dirt before returning the sash to its original position.
Regardless of the window frame material, a certain amount of metal is on the head and sill tracks. Failing to clean and lubricate these may cause rust to form. These, as well as the sash and frames, must be taken care of every six months or whenever they collect dirt and dust.
Commonwealth Roofing & Siding can make your home more comfortable by installing energy-efficient replacement windows. Our windows feature insulated frames, low-emissivity (low-E) glass, and low-maintenance materials. We’ll help you select the right style that will boost your home’s appeal and function.
We are also the exterior home improvement company to turn to for your gutter repair or roof replacement needs. Call (703) 890-0717, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve residents of Sterling and Chantilly, VA.