It doesn’t matter where it is that you live, dirt and dust are bound to exist. If you don’t believe this then why is it that cleansers both powdered, liquid, or aerosol make a billion-dollar industry? To a minimum scale, the cleaning business - yes, the ones rich people hire to clean their mansions just to make the dust go away and come another day – continues to grow as a viable business so much that owners of such earn from $30,000 to $100,000 annually. To make it personal, why is it that you constantly have to stock up on cold medication because of allergic rhinitis? Yup, these are all because of dust and dirt. That is why cleaning is so much a part of daily living so when you look at your home through your window all you see is clean walls and….what’s that? Is that grime and cobwebs on your PVC window frames? Uh-oh, time to clean them, too!
- Get your cleaning aids ready.
- Small vacuum cleaner preferably the portable kind that also sucks up liquid without shorting.
- White vinegar
- PVC gloss
- Sponge or soft-bristled paint brush
- Cleaning cloth
- Clean spray bottle preferably unused
- Windex glass cleaner – the best!
- Paper towels
- Crank the windows open to its fullest. Let the air in and use some paper towels to clear the sills and frames free of tiny cobwebs and debris. Follow this up by sucking out what’s left using the portable vacuum cleaner. Leave windows open so there’s good ventilation in the room. You will need the circulating air for when you need to apply gloss later.
- In a basin, combine ¼ cup of white vinegar and no more than 3 cups of hot water. Let it cool before pouring everything into a spray bottle.
- Spray the solution on the entire window. This includes the frame and track. Let it remain there for about 5 minutes then take a couple of cleaning cloths and start to gently wipe the entire frame and track. While you’re at this, you may want to check the condition of the window for cracks, dents, and scratches.
- Read the instructions on the PVC gloss paying special attention to recommended application and ideal drying time. Do not skip this step.
- Open a tub of PVC gloss and start painting. You have to follow the original color of the window of course. If you want to change the hue this will involve separate stripping which is another home improvement project altogether. Anyway, use the soft paint brush or a sponge to apply a thin coat of gloss on the frame. For areas with scratches and minor damage, use more than one coating or until you see that it is sufficiently covered. Use a paper towel dipped in water to wipe off paint smear. Let it dry according to instructions on the PVC gloss label.
- Allow the window to stay as is for half the day. Close it after and then spray it down with Windex concentrating on the glass to make it shimmer.
It is recommended that you clean your windows often especially if you live in high-traffic areas where there’s an increased chance of dust and dirt to accumulate.