Expert Tips to Clean Painted Windows

Handyman cleaning the window and smiling in a new houseIf you have painted wood windows on your home, you already know that they require a good deal of care and maintenance. Because cleaning windows might be on your list of spring home maintenance chores this time of the year, we’d like to share some tips to help you keep these windows looking their best.

Steps to Clean Wood Windows

  1. Inspect the window. Examine the window’s interior and exterior finish. Occasionally it may be necessary to repair a damaged finish, or to strip and repaint the window entirely.
  2. Be careful with water. Remember that water is the enemy of wood. When cleaning wood windows, avoid exposing them to large amounts of water or cleaning liquid. Work quickly to reduce the amount of moisture that can soak into the wood, and dry them thoroughly when finished.
  3. Protect your interior. When cleaning windows inside, place a towel on the sill of the window or floor underneath the window to absorb any water runoff.
  4. Remove loose dirt. Remove as much dry dirt and debris as possible from wood windows. Water and dirt make mud – which is much more difficult to remove than loose dirt.
  5. Clean the tracks. To keep your window operating smoothly, clean out the tracks with a vacuum using a stiff nylon brush to remove debris from crevices.
  6. Scrub the window. Once all loose dirt and debris has been removed, dip the brush into a solution of water and mild dish soap and gently scrub the window. Wipe away residue with a clean, damp cloth.
  7. Clean the glass. Apply window cleaner to the glass. Starting at the top, pull a squeegee over the pane in an S-pattern. At the end of each stroke, wipe the blade clean with a lint-free cloth and wipe away drips with a clean cloth for maximum shine.

Cleaning and caring for low-maintenance Sunrise vinyl windows requires only a few easy steps. Learn more about how to clean Sunrise windows and patio doors.

Tired of Wood Window Maintenance?

Sunrise® replacement windows are made from premium vinyl for the easy care and maintenance that our customers love. In addition, the interior surfaces of Sunrise windows are available with optional Pionite® laminates, so you won’t have to worry about painting or staining the interior. Our windows come in a full range of styles, including double-hung, casement, sliding, picture windows, bay and bow windows, and more. For more information, find an authorize Sunrise dealer near you.

About the Author

Joseph Mills

Joseph Mills

Joe Mills is the Director of Marketing for Sunrise Windows and Doors. He has spent almost 15 years working with homeowners helping them envision and design home improvement projects. He is proficient in assisting homeowners through their entire buying process, including helping them do the proper research, what signs to look for to minimize a homeowner’s risk, understanding the in home selling process and once the decision is made, how the installation process will work. He has written a consumer-oriented book called “How To Buy Vinyl Replacement Windows” that can help window buyers make educated choices.