Window and Door Maintenance

HOW TO CLEAN GLASS: Advice for cleaning windows and doors like a pro.

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For Cleaning Glass:
  • Soak the glass surface with clean water to loosen dirt and debris
  • Make sure there are no abrasive particles on the glass
  • Apply an approved cleaning solution, or mild soap, with a non-abrasive cloth
  • Quickly remove the cleaning solution with a rubber squeegee, taking care not to allow metal parts of cleaning equipment to touch the glass surface
  • Wipe remaining traces of cleaning solution from glass and other parts of the window and frame to avoid deterioration from dampness
  • Remember to remove labels and adhesive residue from the glass as soon as possible after installation
  • Use an approved cleaning solution if a label is hard to remove
For Cleaning Screens:
  • Carefully remove window screens and lay them on a flat, clean area (If it’s a door screen, remove them from the exterior)
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  • Remove any dust by lightly spraying the screen with water from a hose or vacuuming with a soft brush extension
  • Let the screen air-dry completely before reinstalling


For Cleaning Glass and Screens:
  • Use abrasive cleaning solutions or materials
  • Use cleaning products with a strong chemical base or a high alcohol content, as chemical reactions could damage components
  • Clean glass while it’s in direct sunlight, especially tinted and coated surfaces, to prevent streaking
  • Allow metal parts of cleaning equipment to touch the glass, and don’t use scrapers of any kind
  • Remove labels from glass while exposed to direct sunlight
  • Dry screens with a cloth
Note: Glass scratched by a scraper is not covered under the Marvin warranty.


With many cleaners available today, from antibacterial to streak-free solutions, it’s easy to forget that non-abrasive, mild soap is a great, simple solution for cleaning your windows and doors, screens, storm doors, window frames, and more. You can also check this Marvin-approved list of cleaning solutions to ensure which ones are safe for use on your windows and doors. Use cleaners as directed.


Glass Cleaners
Glass Plus® Glass Cleaner
Green Works® Original Scent Glass & Surface Cleaner
Rain-X® Automotive Glass Cleaner
Spray-X® Foaming Glass Cleaner
Windex® Glass Cleaner with Ammonia
Windex® Original
Windex® Powerized Original
Zep® Ammonia-Free Concentrate Glass Cleaner
Zep® Foaming Glass Cleaner
Zep® Streak-Free Glass Cleaner
General Purpose Cleaners
Amaz Clean & Green™ Water Stain Remover
Dawn® Simply Clean, Original Scent (1% in Water)
Formula 409® Original
Goo Gone® Spray Gel
Ivory® Ultra Dishwashing Liquid, Original Scent (1% in Water)
Murphy® Oil Soap Liquid Wood Cleaner
Soft Scrub® All Purpose Cleaner Lemon Scent
Spic and Span® Sun Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner
Tide® Detergent Original Scent
Vinegar, Distilled White (5% Acidity)
Windex® Multi-Surface Disinfectant Cleaner
Zep® Multi-Surface Cleaner
Outdoor House Cleaners
Home Armor® EZ House Wash™
Home Armor® EZ Deck, Fence & Patio Wash™
Rejuvenate® Outdoor Cleaner
Savorgran™ TSP Trisodium Phosphate
Spray & Forget™ House and Deck Cleaner
Wet & Forget® Moss Mold Mildew and Algae Stain Remover
Windex® Hose End Outdoor Multi-Surface Cleaner
Zep® All-in-1 Pressure Wash*
Zep® House and Siding Pressure Wash Concentrate*
*Although overspray of these solutions is safe, never use a pressure washer directly on any part of a window or door.


Keep your Marvin windows and doors operating smoothly. Use this checklist as an annual maintenance reminder.

Remember to check:
  • Weather strip. Make sure it’s still effective. If not, call your local Marvin dealer. Don’t let paints, stains and varnishes come in contact with the weather strip. Solvents can damage its performance.
  • Interior and exterior finishes. Occasional repair to a damaged finish may be necessary.
  • Caulking. Trim any old, loose caulking, and seal any gaps with an appropriate, high quality caulk.
  • Silicone Sealant. Occasionally, an excess of silicone sealant, called “squeeze-out,” appears around the edge of the glass. You can safely scrape off “squeeze-out” with a plastic putty knife without damaging the weather-tightness of your window or door.
  • Hardware. Make sure all exposed hardware screws are tightened securely. Apply a dry lubricant to the windows’ gears to keep them operating smoothly.
  • Energy Panels. Check energy panels and storm and screen combinations to make sure screws and turn buttons are securely fastened.
  • Operation. Check doors for smooth operation. Clean sand, dirt, or dust from door and window hinges, sills, and tracks.
Note: Wood doors require a stabilization period after installation, sometimes taking up to a year to adjust to humidity levels and other environmental factors. Location plays an important role, too, in how often you should clean and maintain the exterior of aluminum clad windows and doors. A coastal home exposed to harsh elements may need cleaning four or five times a year, while in a drier climate, once or twice a year may be sufficient.
When it comes to home improvement projects, such as maintenance, remember to think safety first. If you need a ladder to reach every part of your window while cleaning, take precautions. Have someone hold the ladder, and wear shoes that support balance and stability. When working with primers, paints, stains, and cleaning solutions, wear protective eyewear and clothing, and be sure to follow all manufacturer's instructions for safe use and disposal.


If you have a brand new, bare wood, or primed window or door, it’s important to finish it immediately to prevent possible damage to the wood. Please view Marvin’s Wood Care and Maintenance Guidelines for instructions. These simple steps can help to protect the wood from things like weather stripping to maintain your home’s curb appeal for years to come.

Marvin Window and Door Wood Care and Maintenance Guidelines

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Seasonal Maintenance Tips
Whether you’re in spring cleaning mode or winterizing your home, here are expert tips for proper window and door maintenance to take you from one season to the next.

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With Marvin, The Emphasis Is On Easy
In addition to easy care and maintenance of our products, Marvin windows and doors are designed for ease of use in your daily living. One example is Marvin Lift Lock — it’s the next innovation in function, design, and aesthetics for the Marvin Ultimate Single Hung G2 window. We moved the location of the lock to solve an age-old problem of lock accessibility.

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