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.