How to Clean Awning Windows

October 11, 2010

Begin cleaning your awning windows by washing them from the inside. First, separate the rod from the sash by opening the sash about six inches and grasping the rod where it attaches to the sash. Lift upward to separate the plastic shoe from the bracket. To get the rod and shoes out of the way as you clean, crank the operator arm to the closed position. Pull the top of the sash inward and place a piece of scrap wood in the sash top to prop it open.

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To remove:

  • Dust, Dirt, Smoke, Film, Soot and Salt Spray. Use a mild detergent water solution and a soft cloth or brush.
  • Heavy Dirt or Grime. First wipe loose debris from the glass surface with a soft, dry cloth. Then apply mild soapy water, vinegar or a liquid window cleaner, and wipe in a circular motion.
  • Cleaning Solution. Use a squeegee or a clean, lint-free cloth.

TIP: Never use abrasive cleaners on the exterior of awning windows. As a rule of thumb, never clean glass in direct sunlight and never use razor blades on glass surface to avoid irreparable damage.

To clean the vinyl exteriors of awning windows, use a mild detergent and water solution and a soft cloth or brush. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or solutions containing corrosive solvents. For persistent dirt or grime, use a mixture of water and alcohol or ammonia.

After Cleaning Awning Windows, Lubricate

Awning windows hinges should occasionally be lubricated after cleaning to eliminate squeaking and sticking. Periodically inspect and tighten hardware screws, especially hinge screws. Wind blowing against the sash can loosen hardware fasteners over time. First, remove grease or debris with a soft, dry cloth. Then lubricate all moving parts with dry silicone spray. Never use lubricants or harsh abrasive cleaners on your awning windows.

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