At Renewal by Andersen of British Columbia, we pride ourselves on the quality of our material and the expertise of our installations. But even the best windows installed with the best skill need some loving care and attention if they’re going to last you as long as possible. This quick guide will walk you through how to care for your windows from Renewal by Andersen to ensure they last a life time.
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Renewal by Andersen of British Columbia windows come with Low-E4 SmartSun glass coating. Low-E4 SmartSun coating has been specially formulated for easy cleaning. Unfortunately there are still some things even high quality class coating can’t prevent, like dust, dirt, and the occasional stain from spills and splashes.
Cleaning the glass really couldn’t be easier. First, wipe the glass down with a soft dry cloth. This will remove dust and grime that might be building up.
Once you’ve wiped the window down, apply a mild cleaning solution. We recommend you use soapy water, diluted vinegar, or a liquid window cleaner. Use a clean, lint-free cloth to wipe down the window in a circular motion.
To minimise residue on the glass, we recommend not applying glass cleaner in direct sunlight. Instead, clean between temperatures of 4°C-29°C.
Avoid abrasive cleaning products, scrub pads and rust removers containing hydrofluoric acid, as they can cause permanent damage to the coating.
And that’s it! It’s really that easy to keep your window glass shiny and clean. For best results you should check your windows about once a week or so. The longer grime and dust have to build up on the glass, the harder it’ll be to remove them.
Fibrex Frame Care
At Renewal by Andersen we use our patented Fibrex material for all of our window frames. One of our biggest selling points of Fibrex is the ease of cleaning and maintaining it compared to other materials such as all wooden frames.
Simply wipe down frames, sash and grilles with a mild solution of soapy water and a soft, non-abrasive rag or brush.
There is one catch: do not use newspaper or other ink-based papers. They can — and will — stain and discolour the Fibrex material. (Keep this in mind when wiping down your glass as well!)
TruScene insect screens have been designed to keep the bugs out and the light in. TruScene uses a fine mesh that’s a perfect barrier for insects, but fine enough that you barely lose any light from your windows. That being said, if dust and debris builds up on that mesh it doesn’t matter how fine it is. You’re going to start losing light.
Use a soft, damp cloth to clean your fly screens. This goes for TruScene screens and regular fly screens. No soapy water or cleaning product is required. For a complete clean, you’ll want to remove the screen from the frame first. To do this:
- Release the latches from the side jambs
- Hold the screen tight and gently push outwards to clear the sill.
- Tilt the screen away from you and pull it inside
Wipe down as needed and reverse the process to reinstall.
Lubrication and Corrosion Resistance
For those with casement, double-hung, gliding, or awning windows, or one of our patio doors, you’ll want to keep them well-lubricated. We recommend applying a dry lubricant once a year to all moving parts including hinges and rollers.
While our products are always designed to resist corrosion, you’ll need to give it a bit of a helping hand to keep it protected. Lubricants with corrosion inhibitors will keep your moving parts safer for longer in damp and humid environments.
Please note: do not use wet lubricants or harsh, solvent-based greases on your moving parts. These will not only damage your windows but actually collect particles that promote corrosion.
With these simple steps, you’ll keep your Renewal by Andersen windows alive for longer. And to give you extra piece of mind, all Renewal by Andersen windows come with our exceptional 20-1-10 limited warranty. That means 20 years limited warranty on glass, two-year limited warranty on installation, and ten-year limited warranty for all non-glass components.
Want your own easy-to-maintain windows? Contact our office today or use our online contact form to arrange a free in-home consultation.