Cleaning Your Windows While in Quarantine

window cleaning DIY

Caring For Your Windows and Doors

While many of us are working from home during this time, looking longingly out of our windows and doors, we can’t help but notice the dirt and grime build up on the glass. With extra time on our hands, we have been receiving many requests on tips to best clean the glass and remove the screens. We wanted to provide you with the following care and maintenance tips (using items from your pantry) to help ensure your windows and doors will perform at their best while looking great!

Removing & Reinstalling Window and Patio Doors Screens

The screens can easily be removed and reinstalled for cleaning. Depending on the window opening style our screens have tabs, springs and releases that keep the screens in place and allow you to remove with ease – these parts must be handled carefully to avoid snapping and breaking. You should never need to use force to remove or re-install the screens. Fore more info on screens see our blog post: Removing Screens or for step by step instructions on each type of window opening please refer to our How To YouTube Videos:

Horizontal Sliding Window Screen

Vertical Sliding Window Screen

Casement Roto Crank Window Screen

3 Panel Sliding Window Screen

how to remove a window screen

Now that your screens are removed they can be gently cleaned by placing them on a flat surface. Use only mild soap, water, and a soft brush when cleaning your screens. When finished, rinse with clear water and wipe dry.

Frame Cleaning

The vinyl frames also benefit from some TLC! In a bowl or bucket create the cleaner using mild, nonabrasive soap and warm water. Wash your window and door frames using mild, nonabrasive soap mixed with warm water (never use acidic cleaners on the vinyl because they might cause permanent damage to the frame finish). Using a sponge, shammy or soft bristled brush gently scrub your window and door frames to lift the dirt. Cleanse your sponge with clear warm water to rinse away the dirt and soap mixture. Wipe dry when finished with a lint free-free cloth.


Caring For Your Glass

This is the BEST and most natural way to clean your windows:

  • Mix 2 cups of hot water with 1/4 cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of cornstarch
  • Use newspaper to wipe the windows, as it doesn’t leave lint behind

All natural window cleaning


We hope these DIY tips will help pass the time and provide a brighter outlook to the outside! Thank you for doing your part for the community by staying home.

Long Life’s COVID19 Update

We at Long Life have closed our office and showroom as of March 16th and everyone is working remotely to help mitigate any transmission to our staff or customers. We still have access to all emails, and our office line has been call-forwarded to Kris’ cell phone to maintain our high level of customer service even in times of uncertainty. For any questions, concerns or new inquiries we are here to help! Send us an email at [email protected], or call 604-439-0982.

The safety of our crews and our clients is always our focus, and with the ever changing Covid19 situation we have made the challenging decision to hang up our tools. We will continue to asses the situation and keep our clients informed of our plan.

Although the government has not instituted a shutdown of non-essentials services. We feel we have the corporate responsibility to keep our community safe, as we continue to be the leaders in the market that we have proudly been for over 30 years.

At times like these our community will be what gets us through this, and if there is anything we can do to support you or your family (Picking up prescriptions, groceries or walking the dog) our teams are happily available to assist in whatever way we can.

We wish you health and safety, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, or anything Long Life can do to support.