Protecting the frames of your windows and doors is just as important as cleaning the glass. These suggestions help you protect and extend the life of your windows and patio doors.
Never use abrasive or caustic soaps, cleaners or solvents as these may damage the finish of your windows and doors.
It's easy and very important to properly care for window glass systems today. Insulated glass systems and those with low-emissive (Low-E) or other heat-deterrent additives can be damaged or lose their effectiveness through improper care.
Window and patio door sashes require occasional lubrication to ensure smooth and easy operation. Make sure that the lubrication won’t damage the material used to build the window or door.
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Condensation on the glass surface of a window occurs when high-interior moisture content meets low temperatures on the glass. This is a natural occurrence and a sign that excessive moisture is present in the home.
Don't be concerned about minor condensation, or fogging, that appears on the lower corners of windows. However, the lower the outside window temperature and the higher the interior humidity, the more condensation can occur. Continued or heavy condensation on windows means there's a lot of humidity inside. This can lead to interior damage and to other health-related concerns.
To reduce excess humidity:
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Follow these simple instructions to ensure years of smooth, easy operation of your blinds:
• Allow the blinds to acclimate to their environment for optimum performance. Altitude, temperature and air pressure can lengthen the time required for acclimation. It may require up to 24 hours.
• Slide the operator up and down to position the blind to the desired height. The blinds have a separate tilt control; slide it up or down to tilt the slats to the desired angle.
• Ensure the glass surface is clean so the blinds will operate easily. Dirty glass can impede operator movement, requiring more force to operate the blinds. Raise the blinds with the tilt in the open position.
• The blind raises and lowers through use of magnets. If the raise and lower operator comes loose from the glass so that you can't operate the blind, it means the operator magnets have become disengaged. If your operator becomes disengaged, it’s easy to correct. Just slide the operator up until it stops (almost to the bottom of the tilt operator) to re-engage it.
• To re-engage, slide the operator past the half-engagement point. You’ll hear and feel one click.
• Continue sliding the operator until it stops. You’ll hear and feel a second click. The magnets are re-engaged after you hear the second click.
• If the raise / lower operator comes off the track, it should be reinstalled by holding the glass so the two legs can be reinserted under the track opening. Re-engage the magnets as described above.
• If the blind bottom rail becomes out-of-level, raise the blinds to the fully open position, and then fully lower them. Repeat if necessary. The blinds will adjust themselves back to level. Tilt the blind in both directions several times. A small gap may exist at the bottom of the blind.
• Don't attempt to operate the blind until the unit is positioned upright.