Care & Maintenance/Cleaning Replacement Windows

Care & Maintenance

Congratulations on your new Nationwide vinyl replacement windows and doors. You now have beautiful replacement windows that keep their appearance for many years to come. How? It's simple. Vinyl is not only a great insulator but will not pit, peel, chip or rot over time and never needs painting. Vinyl offers easy care and maintenance, so with simple care and cleaning, your windows look new for years.

Just like any surface that is exposed to the elements, your windows and doors will get dirty over time. Sometimes heavy rains will wash away dirt from vinyl very easy, but if the rain doesn't do the job, you can restore the clean look of your windows and doors by following some easy instructions.

You can wash your windows with a soft cloth or an ordinary long-handled soft bristle brush and if necessary use a mild detergent. Never use a high pressure spray to wash windows or doors. The intense pressure may crack or ruin the caulking around the window or door. In some difficult cases, you may use a mild abrasive cleaner such as Soft Scrub, but the use of any abrasive material could scratch the surface of the glass or even the window and door frame.

Hint: To help you identify your new Nationwide replacement windows, a small label can be found on the frame of the window, above the top sash of a double hung window.

Cleaning Replacement Windows

Proper care of your Nationwide windows and patio doors is important. Fortunately, this requires very little effort. Nationwide's vinyl products are designed for durability and low maintenance. With just a little routine care and cleaning, you can ensure your windows and doors will continue to perform their best while looking great.

Frame Cleaning

Have a little dirt or a smudge on one of your frames? No problem. You can wash it with mild, nonabrasive soap and water. Never use abrasive or acidic cleaners?they might cause permanent damage to the frame finish. Always test cleaners in an inconspicuous area first. Wipe dry when finished.

Glass Care

Nationwide controls the entire production of every window and patio door?includingGlass Cleaning Windows the glass. Whether your window comes with our EXCLUSIVE energy-efficient Resistance Glass System or with one of our many specialty glass options, an occasional cleaning is necessary to ensure clarity and exceptional performance.

  • The best practice is to clean glass with a mixture of mild dish soap and water. When finished, rinse completely with clear water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
  • NEVER use any of the following products on any part of your window or patio door (they may damage the glass surface or insulating seal):
    • Petroleum-based cleaners
    • Caustic chemicals
    • Razor blades, putty knifes or abrasive pads
    • High-pressure water hoses
  • When cleaning screens, use only mild soap, water and a soft brush. When finished, rinse with clear water and wipe dry.

Window and Patio Door Tips for Years of Easy Operation

  • Periodically lubricate all sliding window and door tracks and rollers. We recommend that you lubricate the hardware components once a year. In areas with high salt air, at least twice a year is recommended.
  • Regularly check weatherstripping to ensure your patio doors (and windows) seal airtight.
  • Occasionally vacuum the tracks on all sliding patio doors and windows to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Nationwide sliding patio door rollers can be adjusted for proper height clearance. To adjust, insert a screwdriver through the access hole at the bottom of your patio door.

Managing Condensation

Condensation on the inside of a window indicates the humidity levels inside the room are higher inside than outside. Excess moisture on the inside of a window is unsightly and obstructs your view. Follow these easy steps to reduce the risk of excessive condensation.

  • Check all windows and patio doors for smooth operation and airtight seals. Use exhaust fans regularly in rooms with high humidity (bathrooms, pool rooms, kitchens, etc.)
  • Use a ceiling fan to continuously circulate air.
  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce the amount of moisture inside homes with humidity problems.
  • Open windows and doors when practical to reduce excessive moisture inside a home.