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How to Clean Vinyl Doors and Windows

Polyvinyl Chloride PVC has come a long way since German chemist Eugen Baumann accidentally synthesized it in 1872 after he left a flask of vinyl chloride in sunlight. We find it in many aspects of construction. Today, we turn our attention to how to clean vinyl doors and windows so they look sparkling clean again.

How to Clean Vinyl in Its Various Forms

There are two basic forms of vinyl PVC. The rigid type is popular in door and window frames,  and as water pipes. We also purchase non-food items in vinyl packaging and pay for them with vinyl bank cards.

The flexible version is used in electric cable insulation, floor coverings, imitation leather, inflatable products, and old fashioned vinyl records some of us collect. When static electricity builds up on vinyl the material attracts dirt.

Hence we need to know how to clean vinyl products in a wide variety of applications. We focus on PVC doors and windows in this article. However, the same general principles apply to any  vinyl product but do make sure they won’t harm them.

It’s Easy to Clean Vinyl Windows and Doors

However, do be careful, and think twice about standing on a ladder unless you have a strong adult holding it. In this article, we imagine cleaning the front door standing on our own two feet.

#1 First, vacuum the door using a soft brush attachment to get any dirt out of reveals

#2 Next, wash the door and frame down with a mixture of mild soap and warm water

#3 Rinse thoroughly and wipe the surface with a damp cloth (to avoid static building up)

#4 Make sure the ‘weep holes’ for drainage are clear by testing them with a tooth pick

Never use an abrasive or caustic cleaner because this could permanently spoil the smooth surface of the door or frame.

Now You Know How to Clean Vinyl How About the Locks

Locks and hinges on doors and windows can get sticky owing to dirt attaching to the lubrication. Oil the moving parts lightly with thin oil and wipe them clean with kitchen towel.

Put a very small amount of oil on the door key and insert and turn it several times to loosen the moving parts. Wipe the key thoroughly and avoid putting it in your pocket. Clean the key next time you use it just in case it has a film of oil.

If you can’t get the vinyl surfaces clean to your satisfaction then something may have damaged the smooth surface in the past. There’s a chance SilverLine Exterior Solutions at 604-942-0488 may have a solution for your particular problem.

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Choosing Your Entrance Door

Choosing an Entrance Door

Have you ever thought about your door? Yes, your front door. A new door is an easy, cost-effective way to boost your building’s curb appeal. The right door will pull together your entire front facade and help you make the perfect first impression. Plus, exterior doors aren’t just for aesthetics. A good door will make your building more energy efficient. But how do you choose the right door?

 

First, Pick a Material

 

The most important consideration when choosing a door is the material the door is made of, so why not start there? Different mterials have different advantages and disadvantages. Two common contemporary options are steel, and fiberglass.

 

Steel

Steel doors are usually made from a wooden frame with a steel “skin.” The inside of the door contains insulation. Steel doors are ideal for repelling possible invaders. They can be dented, but repairs are easy to achieve. The right steel door can be energy efficient as well. Steel is a cost-effective option, and a new steel door will generally be less expensive than other options. The downside is that steel is not as hard-wearing as fiberglass. Expect to replace a steel door sooner than the fiberglass alternative.

 

Fiberglass

Fiberglass doors are most notable for their nearly infinite variation. Choose a door that mimics wood near-perfectly, but without the cumbersome upkeep that wood requires. No material can compete with fiberglass when it comes to ease of care; Doors regularly last for fifteen to twenty years without needing so much as a touch-up. Fiberglass is not heavy, and a door with a foam core provides insulation. In addition, a fiberglass door is almost as effective at preventing unwanted intruders as a steel door is. In terms of price, fiberglass is more expensive than steel, but less expensive than a wooden door — and that doesn’t even include the necessary maintenance a wood door will require.

 

Be an ENERGY STAR

 

Did you know that the right door can pay for itself? The key is choosing a door that is energy efficient, having it professionally installed by an expert, and making smart use of weather stripping. You may be familiar with the ENERGY STAR rating from purchasing other appliances, and doors can be ENERGY STAR rated as well. Both steel and fiberglass doors are available in ENERGY STAR varieties.

 

Colour Me Beautiful

 

Once you’ve selected the right material, it’s type to start browsing colours and styles. A discreet, classic door sends one message, while an aggressively modern door can make an entirely different impression. Consider using your door as a fun or interesting focal point for your facade: Choose a bright colour or distinctive style to draw interest and make a strong impression.

 

The best way to select a door you’ll be happy with for the long term is to work with an expert. SilverLine Exteriors carries a wide range of both fiberglass and steel doors, and their professional staff would be happy to help you make the right selection for your home or business. SilverLine is a one-stop exterior renovation company at Port Coquitlam and serves homes and businesses throughout the Greater Vancouver area.

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