Maintenance Tips

Energy efficient and durable, these windows are available in a casement, awning, single-hung, double-hung, single-slider, double-slider and custom shape.

Maintaining Vinyl Windows and Door Frames

The true beauty of vinyl windows and doors is that they come closer to being maintenance-free than most exterior building products. Although rain usually does a satisfactory job removing dirt from vinyl window and door frames, follow these simple instructions if necessary to keep them clean and looking as good as new.

  • Use a soft cloth or long-handled soft-bristle brush to wash frames.
  • If necessary, use a mild abrasive cleaner such as SoftScrub®, Ajax®, BonAmi®, etc. (Note: the use of any abrasive material could have a detrimental effect on the surface of glass and window or door frames.)
  • Do not use cleaners containing aggressive organic solvents (such as chlorine bleach; liquid grease remover; strong soaps and detergents containing organic solvents) because they could damage the surface appearance of the vinyl.
  • Use the readily available household cleaners listed below for tough dirt and stains such as top soil, caulking, rust or mold and mildew. Please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on use of cleaners.
  • Avoid washing windows with high pressure spray.

Cleaners to remove Stains from Vinyl*

Problems arise because air can hold only a limited amount of water vapour, varying with the temperature. Condensation is related to two conditions always present in the atmosphere inside your home. It is likely to form whenever there is an improper balance between:

Bubble gum: Fantastik® Murphy Oil Soap® Solution of 30% vinegar and 70% water; Windex®Motor Oil: Fantastik® Lysol® Murphy Oil Soap® Windex®
Crayon: Lestoil® DAP (oil-based caulk) Fantastik®Oil: SoftScrub®
Felt-Tip Pen: Fantastik® water-based cleanersPaint: Brillo® Pad; SoftScrub®
Grass: Fantastik® Lysol® Murphy Oil Soap® Windex®Pencil: SoftScrub®
Lipstick: Fantastik® Murphy Oil Soap®Rust: Fantastik® Murphy Oil Soap® Windex®
Lithium Grease: Fantastik® Lestoil® Murphy Oil Soap® Windex®Tar: SoftScrub®
Mold & Mildew: Fantastik® Solution of 30% vinegar and 70% water; Windex®Top Soil: Fantastik® Lestoil® Murphy Oil Soap®


  1. North Air does not endorse proprietary products or processes and makes no warranties for the products referenced herein. Reference to proprietary names is for illustrative purposes only and is not intended to imply that there are not equally effective alternatives.
  2. These tips are based on a study conducted by the Vinyl Window and Door Institute on the efficiency of cleaning agents and their effects on the appearance of vinyl window frames after two years of outdoor exposure.