Renewal by Andersen of Hawaii is renowned for its windows, and it’s a reputation we’re happy to wear. We provide quality material and first-class installation. Simply put, you won’t find a better team to replace your windows on the island of Maui than us. But, that being said, even the best materials installed by the most skilled technicians needs some TLC. Here’s a quick and handy guide for how to maintain your windows in Maui.
How to Maintain your Windows in Maui
Keep in mind, this information is intended for use with Renewal by Andersen of Hawaii windows. While much of it can easily be transferred to other brands of windows, you might be surprised to find out how much easier it is to clean our windows than others!
How to Maintain Your Window Glass
The most important part of any window is the glass, so the first step in how to maintain your windows in Maui is to keep the glass clean. Certainly the frame is important for structure and support, but without the glass you’ve either got a giant hole in your wall, or just a blank wall. Keeping your glass clean and streak-free should be your top priority. Give them a check and clean once a week and you’ll have beautiful, clear windows for a long time.
Windows from Renewal by Andersen come with Low-E4 SmartSun glass coating. This is specially formulated to be easy to clean. It will still collect dust, dirt, and the occasional stain from splashes, spills, and heavy rain. But getting rid of those slight problems really couldn’t be easier.
To remove any dust or grime, just wipe the glass down with a soft, dry cloth. This will take care of all the particles sitting on your glass.
Then just apply a mild cleaning solution. You can buy a liquid window cleaner if you want, but warm soapy water or diluted vinegar actually work just as well. Apply the cleaning solution and wipe down with a clean, lint-free cloth. Use circular motions when cleaning.
Try not to apply window cleaner in direct sunlight. This can cause streaking and grim buildup. It’s best to clean your windows either in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun’s low.
And that’s it! Nothing special, just some a dry cloth, some warm soapy water and a little bit of elbow grease.
Don’t use abrasive cleaning products, scrub pads or rust removers containing hydrofluoric acid. These will damage the coating permanently, and you’ll lose the benefits of the Low-E4 SmartSun coating.
How to Maintain Fibrex Frames
We’re proud of our patented Fibrex frames here at Renewal by Andersen of Hawaii. They’re sleek, affordable, fit so many styles — and best of all, they’re easy to clean. Anyone who’s had wooden or aluminum frames know how difficult they can be to keep clean. With Fibrex, it’s a breeze.
Just wipe down the frames, sash, and grille with a mild solution of soapy water and a non-abrasive fabric. That’s it! The only thing we truly advise against is to not use newspaper to clean your window frames. Ink-based papers will stain and discolor your Fibrex. This also goes for your window glass.
Maintaining insect screens
The best insect screens provide maximum protection from bugs while cutting the least amount of light. Our TruScene insect screens certainly fit the bill. But fly screens are excellent at collecting dust and dirt, and need to be wiped down fairly regularly. What’s the point in insect screens designed to let lots of light in if that light just gets blocked by dust?
Our TruScene insect screens are best cleaned with a soft, damp cloth. There’s no need for cleaning solution here; just a bit of water and a nice soft rag will do.
For best results you’ll want to remove the screens before cleaning them. This is as easy as everything else to do with our windows; release the latches on the side jambs, hold the screen tightly and push it clear of the window sill, then angle it and pull it back inside. Revearse the process to put them back. Done!
How to Maintain Moving Window Parts
Casement, double-hung, gliding and awning windows all need a little bit of lubrication every now and then. Use a dry lubricant over the moving parts about every once a year for best results. Do not use wet lubricants or harsh, solvent-based lubricants. They will damage your windows and collect particles that result in corrosion over time.
Speaking of corrosion, our windows are designed to be corrosion-resistant. To give your windows a helping hand in this department, use a dry lubricant with corrosion-inhibitors.
And that’s how to maintain your windows in Maui. Couldn’t be easier. With these simple maintenance tips, you’ll keep your Renewal by Andersen of Hawaii windows fresh and functional for years to come.
Don’t have Renewal by Andersen windows yet? Give us a call today to arrange a free in-home consultation. You’ll be amazed at how easy it can be to clean windows — if you have the right ones.