Impact Windows & Doors Care and Maintenance Guide

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There’s no doubt that coastal living is amazing, with perfect sunsets, refreshing breezes, and breathtaking ocean views. Of course, Florida homeowners also need to prepare for intense weather conditions. One of the best ways to protect your family is to keep your hurricane windows and doors in great shape with regular cleaning. Plus, window care makes your home look beautiful.

When Should You Clean Your Impact Windows and Doors?

In Miami and other Florida coastal areas, we recommend cleaning your windows and doors approximately once a month. For maintenance of doors, keep an eye on weatherstrips during your monthly cleaning routine. Lubricate door and window hardware at least once a year.

How Do You Clean Hurricane Impact Windows?

Impact-resistant windows are indeed built to stand up to intense climate conditions, including gale-force winds and debris. If you want to keep your hurricane windows looking amazing and performing great, you should avoid damaging them during the window cleaning process. Here is the right way to clean your windows:

Window Frame Cleaning

Cleaning your impact window frames is a relatively simple day project. Here’s everything you need: a soft cloth or sponge, a bucket of water, and mild soap.
  • Gently wipe down the frames using a cloth rag or sponge dipped in water. This removes debris without scratching the window.
  • Prepare a mild cleaning solution. For example, you can dilute some hand soap in a bucket of water.
  • Scrub gently with your cloth or sponge. Don’t press too hard. Let the soap solution do all of the work.

Once a year, you’ll want to replenish the protective layer of window frames. This is especially important in Florida’s coastal air, where salt tends to strip away window protection. Restoring this layer is usually as easy as applying some car wax after cleaning the frames.

Caring for the Glass

Make sure your impact windows look gorgeous for decades by cleaning the glass regularly. Window care isn't complicated. Here’s what you need: a bucket of water, a sponge, a bottle of glass cleaner, and some clean rags.
  • Rinse any sand or dirt off the windows using clean water before starting.
  • Spray glass cleaner on the glass. With larger windows, clean half at a time, moving from top to bottom.
  • After waiting a few seconds for the cleaner to loosen spots, wipe up the solution with a clean rag or sponge. If spots remain, you can gently scrub them using a window cleaner and a soft cloth.
  • Rinse the glass with water to avoid leaving behind a residue.
  • Dry the window using a clean rag or sponge.
Never use strong or extra-strength cleaning chemicals with your home’s windows. Don’t use abrasive cleaning materials on the window frame or glass. For example, scrub pads can remove protective coatings, scratch your glass, and make metal frames vulnerable to corrosion. No matter what you’ve heard, you should never use putty knives or other scraping tools to eliminate window spots.

Keeping Your Doors and Windows Working

Our high-quality hurricane doors stay in excellent condition with minimal maintenance. You can clean the surface following the same tips as window frames. What about hardware?


Use a light lubricant regularly on latches, hinges, and other hardware. Mineral oil is fine, or you can use a lubricant specifically made for protecting door hinges. You don’t have to worry about lubricating sliding door wheels since they have sealed bearings.

Smooth Open and Closing

Keep door and window tracks clean, so everything operates smoothly. If you have a vacuum cleaner with attachments, vacuum any dirt particles from the track. Otherwise, use a damp cloth to wipe down the insides.

Pay special attention to weatherstripping, water drainage systems, or door seals. Wipe weatherstrips down with a wet cloth as needed. If you see cracks or tears, call our team to replace the worn strips right away.

At Alufab USA, we’re only a phone call away. We’re happy to answer your questions or assist in keeping your doors and windows in excellent condition. For more information, contact our pros right away.

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