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How To Clean the Outside of Pella Awning Windows

Pella awning windows are a popular choice for homeowners in Omaha, Lincoln and surrounding areas due to their modern style and energy-efficient features. However, over time, these windows can accumulate dirt, dust, and grime on their exterior, which can affect their appearance and functionality. But with the right tools and techniques, cleaning awning is a relatively easy process.

Step 1

Gather the Necessary Tools and Equipment

  • A ladder: Since awning windows are typically installed on the upper floors of a building, you will need a ladder to reach them.
  • A bucket: To mix the cleaning solution and hold tools.
  • A soft-bristled brush: To remove dirt and debris on the window frame and screen.
  • A squeegee: To remove the cleaning solution and water.
  • A cleaning solution: There are several cleaning solutions available on the market, Sparkle Commercial Glass Cleaner (the original purple formula) is a great option. A mix of water and dish soap, or water and vinegar, also works effectively.

Step 2

Prepare the Cleaning Solution

If you are using a commercial cleaning solution, follow the instructions on the label. It’s best to use an ammonia-free or alcohol-free solution. You can make your own vinegar-based solution by mixing one-part white vinegar to 10 parts water. You can also fill a bucket with warm water, add a few drops of dish soap and mix until it becomes soapy.

Step 3

Remove the Screen and Clean the Frame

Most awning windows have screens that can be removed by sliding them out of the tracks. Once the screen is removed, use a soft-bristled brush to clean the window frame and screen.

Step 4

Open the Window

Lift the sash lock handle to unlock your awning window and rotate the crank to open it. You should be able to reach through the opening between the window and the exterior of your home to access the outside of your window. Windows with emergency-exit (egress) hardware, identifiable as red “open” labels, can be opened wider by moving the wash lock to the opposite side. When you crank the window back into place, the wash lock will move back into position.

Step 5

Wet the Window with the Cleaning Solution

After cleaning the frame and screen, wipe the window with the cleaning solution using a sponge or a soft cloth. Make sure to cover the entire surface of the window with the solution.

Step 6

Use the Squeegee to Remove the Cleaning Solution

Once the window is wet with the cleaning solution, use the squeegee to remove the solution from the glass. Start at the top of the window and pull the squeegee down in a straight line to the bottom. Wipe the squeegee blade with a clean cloth after each stroke to remove excess water or cleaning solution.

Step 7

Repeat the Process

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the entire window is clean. Be sure to rinse the sponge or cloth frequently in the cleaning solution to avoid spreading dirt and debris on the window surface.

Step 8

Dry the Window

Once you have finished cleaning the window, use a clean, dry cloth to remove any excess water or cleaning solution from the window glass. This will prevent water spots from forming on the surface.

Step 9

Clean the Operator

If the window has an operator — the handle that you crank to open and close the window — use the same cleaning solution as well as brush or sponge to wipe it down. Dry the operator well with a clean towel afterward. This is also a good time to lubricate the operator if you notice more resistance when turning it. Teflon® Dry Lubricant or Gulf Wax® works well and is available at most home improvement stores. Avoid using an oil-based lubricant. They actually attract dust and grime, which can clog up the window tracks and make it more difficult to open and close.

Step 10

Reinstall the Screen

After the window and operator is dry, reinstall the screen by sliding it back into the tracks. Make sure the screen is securely in place.

Step 11

Clean the Exterior of the Window Frame

Finally, use a soft-bristled brush to clean the exterior of the window frame. This will remove any dirt, dust, and debris that has accumulated on the surface.

With proper maintenance and cleaning, Pella awning windows can last a lifetime — providing ample sunlight, ventilation, and scenic views for years to come.