HOW TO: Keep Your Products Looking NEW for YEARS to Come!

After having brand new exterior products installed (or, simply refreshing the old), it’s important to perform the appropriate maintenance to the exterior elements of your home.

Care for WINDOWS & DOORS

– Bi-yearly regular cleaning of windows and doors will keep them operating and looking like new.

– Keep glass in windows and doors clean by using a dish soap/water solution.  Applying with an absorbent cloth or sponge, and removing with a squeegee.  Glass cleaner and paper towel can also be used.

– Screens should be washed yearly to remove dust/pollen.  A mild dish soap solution applied with a soft brush or sponge, and then rinsed with clean water.

– For optimal window and sliding door operation, clean out window tracks to remove dust/pollen/dirt debris.  Vacuuming and washing out tracks will allow for sashes to slide smoother.

– Window and vinyl door frames can be cleaned the same as window screens, using a mild dish soap solution.

– Exterior aluminum trims and flashings should only be cleaned with a dish soap solution and soft cloth/brush, rinsing with clean water.

– Steel doors can be cleaned using a damp cloth.  If necessary, a mild dish soap solution can be used.  DO NOT USE harsh cleaning chemicals or scouring pads on any painted surfaces.

– Factory stained fiberglass doors will require re-application of a protective clear top coat.  The frequency will depend on the sun/weather exposure on the door.

– If door hinges, patio door wheels or casement hardware require lubrication, clean well then only apply silicone spray as necessary.

Care for SIDING & EAVESTROUGH

– Yearly cleaning your exterior siding and trims will prevent dirt and pollen build-up as well as potential staining.

– When cleaning vinyl siding with brick or stone below, wet down brick or stone before cleaning siding above to prevent staining the brick/stone.

– Vinyl siding can be cleaned with a mild dish soap solution and a car wash brush, rinsing with clean water.  Pressure washing can be done, with caution, on a low setting with a wide fan spray so as not to mar the surface.

– Aluminum eavestrough, fascia, soffits and trims should only be cleaned with a dish soap solution and soft cloth/brush, rinsing with clean water.

– Yearly cleaning of eavestrough and downpipes will keep water running and prevent overflow from happening.

– Aluminum railings and columns should only be cleaned with a dish soap solution and soft cloth/brush, rinsing with clean water.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office by phone at 519-664-2346 or email info@beingessner.com

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