Dirty glass on sunroom windows will obstruct your views and take away from the room's overall appearance. Early spring is a great time to clean Connecticut sunrooms. As the temperatures start to increase, you may find yourself using your sunroom more often, but more importantly if you don't do your spring cleaning, the warm temperatures and hot sun will bake on any existing stains and debris.
How often should you clean your sunroom? Glass shows dirt more than any other part of your home exterior, so you will know when you need to clean it. Clean your sunroom windows on an as-needed basis. Since it is harder to tell when the frames are dirty, aim to clean them every few months. [image via www.kcservices.co.uk]
General Cleaning Tips:
Do not climb on the roof. Do not lean a ladder against your sunroom. Rent scaffolding if necessary.
Do not use abrasive cleaners or anything that contains bleach, chlorine, or ammonia. Do not use a power washer. For tough stains, use a soft bristle brush.
Do not clean on a sunny day. Wait for a cool overcast day and make sure to rinse off cleaning solution before it dries.
Other Maintenance Tips: Stay on top of your landscaping. Overhanging trees can scratch your sunroom windows and roof. Pollen and sap will stain your windows, and leaves will clog your gutters.
Cleaning The Sunroom Frame:
Sunrooms can accumulate dirt, dust, and other fine particulates. Always check manufacturer recommendations for specific cleaning instructions. Harvey Sunrooms and vinyl sunroom windows are built specifically to endure the New England climate. They are durable and will maintain their appearance, if you take care of them.
What to use? Vinyl can scratch. Use a soft cloth or brush. Never use steel wool or scrubbing sponges. Remove dust dirt, smoke, salt spray, and other light debris with warm water and a mild detergent. For tougher cleaning, such as removing oil or grease, use, Mr. Clean, Soft Scrub, isopropyl alcohol, mineral spirits, naptha solvents, lanolin cleaners, or lacquer thinner.
How to Clean Vinyl Sunroom Windows:
Harvey sunroom windows include picture, single hung, double hung, and casements. Clean both the insides and the outsides of your sunroom windows. Cleaning the inside of sunroom windows is no different than any other type of window. Use window cleaner and a soft rag and/or squeegee. Condensation on windows causes streaking. Prevent condensation from occurring by opening windows. Skylights can also help ventilate.
The outside of your sunroom windows will be dirtier than the insides. Rise off as much dirt as you can with a regular garden hose, then try a glass cleaner. If the windows are still not clean, use a spray bottle, sponge, or cloth to apply mild soap or detergent, mineral spirits, or naptha solvents. Let the cleaning solution sit for a couple minutes, but do not let it dry! Work in small sections and rise as you go. Rinse the cleaning solution off with clean water and use a squeegee or lint-free cloth to dry the glass.
Casement Windows: In addition to regular cleaning, grease the hinges of casement windows with a light oil at least twice per year.
Double or Single Hung Windows: Double Hung Sunroom Windows from Harvey offer the convenience off tilt-in sashes so that you can clean light dirt on the outside of windows from inside! Raise the lower sash 4-6 inches before you tilt it in. Next, retract the release latches (at the top of the sash) and tilt the window toward you until is rests on the sash. For the top sash on double hung windows, first lower until the bottom is 8-10 inches above the sill. Retract the latches, and rest it on the lower sash. When you are done cleaning, return the sashes to their vertical positions. The latches will automatically lock.
Clean The Screens:
Remove the screens for cleaning. Disengage the side clips and pull the screen out. Place screens on a clean flat surface and scrub off any dirt with a soft brush. Rinse and dry thoroughly before you reinstall them.The following video shows how to remove half screens from Harvey double hung windows:
Sunroom Door Cleaning Tips:
Fiberglass doors are one of the lowest-maintenance options for Connecticut sunrooms. Unlike wood, they will not rot, split, warp, or dent, and unlike steel, they will not rust. Smooth-Star' doors by Therma Tru are an option for Harvey sunrooms. These doors are tough, but the finish can deteriorate. Keep the doors clean by rinsing them with water and a mild detergent if necessary. For cracking, splitting or deteriorating paint finishes on steel doors, first clean the door and let it dry. Then lightly sand the surface and touch up the paint to match the overall finish. Regular maintenance will extend the life of Therma Tru doors.
Connecticut Sunroom Additions:
Harvey sunrooms are energy efficient, and built to last in the Connecticut climate. We recommend their products for Connecticut sunroom additions. Adding a sunroom to your home has a high return on investment and is a great way to add space to your home. If you do not have room for a sunroom addition, certain types of windows can create the atmosphere of a sunroom. Keep your windows clean for maximum enjoyment, and call your CT contractors for any questions on remodeling, additions or repairs. We always recommend products that are easy to maintain! The following guide has more information on Connecticut sunrooms.
When you finish your sunroom, learn how to clean your vinyl siding. Happy Spring!