Routine Care & Maintenance – Marvin Water Stain and Mildew Removal

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Routine Care and Maintenance Series
Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products

Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale!


Marvin Water Stain and Mildew Removal:

Hard Water Stain with Deposits

Hard Water Stain with Deposits

If you experience condensation on the exterior or interior of your window and door surfaces, you may notice discoloration along the lower parts of your wood windows or doors. This discoloration is likely the result of mildew or water stains. Mildew is a fungus that thrives on warmth and moisture, but can flourish to some extent under all climatic conditions. Mildew growth is usually brown or black in color, and for this reason, may be mistaken for dirt. Follow the instructions below to care and maintain your Marvin products.

INTERIOR MILDEW REMOVAL

EXTERIOR MILDEW REMOVAL

 WATER STAIN REMOVAL

CONDENSATION

Mildew and mold forming on the interior of this window

Mildew and mold forming on the interior of this window


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Integrity Brings an Artist’s Vision to Life

Hastings summer intern Joshua LaJoie, an English major entering his junior year at Wheaton College, recently had the opportunity to learn more about a special Integrity project on Martha’s Vineyard.

“A simple expression of an artist’s retreat finds itself well settled among the surrounding nature which inspired it.”
— Patrick Gordon, A.W. Hastings Products & Services Consultant

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Art Studio, Martha’s Vineyard / Featuring Integrity Wood-Ultrex

Within the natural confines of Martha’s Vineyard, among the New England firs, lies a newly constructed structure for an artist to call Eden. The size of the structure is not overwhelming, yet it overwhelms. The walls are not decorated, yet they are decorative. The artist studio is by any measure small and simple; however, this is a place of astonishment.

The design will seek to service the creative impulses of an artist. The environment surrounding the building will provide plenty of fodder for inspiration, accompanied by the ambient sounds of songbirds and leaves rustling with the wind. Hastings Product and Services Representative Patrick Gordon, who worked with Portsmouth NH architect Robert Westhelle on the project, said that the cabin “will serve to inspire and offer a deep sense of relaxation. The space will be both a spiritual and intellectual getaway.” Ultimately the area will act as a refuge from the distracting complexities of the outside world.

One of the elements used to create such an ideal aesthetic on the building was Integrity Windows. The artist decided on Integrity Wood-Ultrex in Pebble Gray with pre-finished interior white. Pebble Gray was selected to complement the weathering of the exterior cedar to a silver gray. The cabin will not have a heated interior, thus Integrity Windows are entrusted with providing heat retention. Due to its rural location, the Cabin relies on a certain degree of durability – durability that Integrity can certainly deliver.

Natural light is key to the cabin’s experience. With awnings placed high on the wall and throughout, a soft ambient light enters and encourages concentration. A wall, however, is left bare for the artist to hang his work in honor and speculation. The walls will endure as a sanctuary for the artist’s emotional, yet physical expressions.

Integrity has certainly made this project whole, as light is a major contributor to the final presentation of art. Not only is Integrity able to provide sufficient natural lighting for the creative spaces, but it has also provided strong heat insulation with the durability of Ultrex material suitable for all climate conditions.

Everyone needs a place they can call their own personal paradise. This New England reservation is just one example of how creativity and materials can come together to create just that.

Integrity and the Marvin Family of Brands offer options suitable for all inspirational projects, and can play an integral part in bringing your own Eden to life.

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Joshua LaJoie
A.W. Hastings
Marketing Communications Intern

Routine Care & Maintenance – Annual Window and Door Checklist

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Routine Care and Maintenance Series
Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products

Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale!


Annual Window and Door Maintenance Checklist:

Regular maintenance will help keep your Marvin windows and doors operating smoothly. Use this checklist as an annual maintenance reminder.

Keep you windows looking immaculate

Keep your windows looking immaculate

  1. Weatherstrip is a resilient material designed to act as a barrier in the space between the sash and frame to reduce air and water infiltration. Make sure it is still effective. If not, contact your local Marvin retailer.
  2. Examine the window’s interior and exterior finish. Occasional repair to a damaged finish may be necessary. (See Maintaining Wood and Painting and Staining for more details.) Also, remember to be careful when using paints, stains and varnishes to make repairs. Never allow these solvent-containing materials to come into contact with weatherstrip. Solvents cause weatherstrip to lose its flexible qualities.
  3. Inspect the exterior caulking around the outer edges of the window frame. Trim off any old, loose caulking and seal any gaps with a good quality caulk.
  4. Check that all hardware (locks, opening mechanisms, etc.) operates smoothly.
  5. Make sure any exposed hardware screws are tightened securely.
  6. Clean any sand, dirt or dust from door and window hinges, sills and tracks.
  7. Check any energy panels and storm and screen combinations to make sure screws in turn buttons are securely fastened.
  8. Check doors for smooth operation. Wood doors require a stabilization period after installation, sometimes taking up to a year to adjust to humidity levels and other environmental factors.

When performing maintenance, always consider your safety first:

  • Use caution on ladders, and always wear protective eyewear and clothing.
  • When working with primers, paints, stains, cleaning solutions, etc., follow all recommended safety precautions and dispose of these materials according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Download the most up to date copies of the Marvin and Integrity Owner’s Manuals along with other great resources from marvin.com/support or by clicking the images below.

 

Integrity Owner's Manual

Integrity Owner’s Manual

Marvin Owner's Manual

Marvin Owner’s Manual