Routine Care & Maintenance – Cleaning Screens

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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!


Best Practices for Cleaning Screens:

Cleaning the screens on your Marvin windows and doors is best done by removing the screens altogether, laying them on a flat clean area, like a sidewalk, and spraying off any dust with water from your garden hose.

Allow the screens to completely air dry before replacing them in the window or door. If you live in a cold climate, it is recommended that you remove exterior window screens and screendoors during the winter. The mesh may collect snow and ice, causing the screen to sag.

Always work from the exterior of the door when removing and replacing door screens.

Example of a plunger pin

Example of a plunger pin

Windows — Interior Screens
To remove the interior screens, simply lift up on the finger lifts (or finger routes) at the bottom of the screen. This will cause the spring-like mechanism at the top of the screen to compress. Using the finger lifts and continuing to apply upward pressure, draw the bottom of the screen out of the window.
Windows — Exterior Screens
To remove the screen, grasp the plunger pins and pull inward until the pins clear the screen lip on the frame cladding.
On Clad Ultimate Double Hungs, push the screen outward, grasp screen frame and pull down slightly. Turn the screen sideways and bring it through the window into your home.
Notes:
  • Marvin recommends that the operating sash on the double hung windows be removed from the window before attempting to remove the screen.
  • Certain size screens have a factory bow in the frame; this is to ensure a snug fit and is not a defect.
  • Every screen installed on Marvin products has a label affixed to it that states the following, “WARNING: Screen will not stop child from falling out of window. Keep child away from open window.” If the sticker is removed, please take extra precautions to make sure children do not lean on the screen, especially when the window is open. 

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Integrity’s Red Diamond Achiever Award: People’s Choice Voting – Round 2

The 2015 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award Program has entered Round 2 of the People’s Choice voting phase. Over 260 submissions and nominations, entered by builders, architects, and dealers from around the country, have been whittled down by popular vote to the Top 5. Check out the five remaining projects vying for the People’s Choice title and cast your vote today! Round 2 voting ends at 11:59 am on Tuesday, August 18.

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The Red Diamond Achiever Award seeks to recognize and honor the exceptional work of licensed builders, remodelers and architects who use Integrity Windows and Doors. Following the selection of the People’s Choice Winner, a judging panel will announce several program winners based on creativity, overcoming construction challenges, architecture, complexity and sustainability.

We’re looking forward to seeing which of these great projects make it through to the winner’s circle!

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Integrity’s Red Diamond Achiever Award: The Time to Vote is Now!

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The 2015 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award Program has entered its People’s Choice voting phase. Over 260 submissions and nominations were entered by builders, architects, and dealers from around the country, many from the northeast. Check out the wide range of projects vying for recognition in this program and cast your vote today! Round 1 voting ends at 11:59 am on Tuesday, August 11. Only the top 5 will move on to Round 2 – make your vote count by returning every day to vote again.

The Red Diamond Achiever Award seeks to recognize and honor the exceptional work of licensed builders, remodelers and architects who use Integrity Windows and Doors. Following the selection of the People’s Choice Winner, a judging panel will announce several program winners based on creativity, overcoming construction challenges, architecture, complexity and sustainability.

We’re looking forward to seeing which of these great projects make it through to the winner’s circle!

Routine Care & Maintenance – Cleaning the Glass on Windows and Doors

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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!


Cleaning the Glass on Windows and Doors:

Keep your Marvin windows and doors looking their best with regular interior and exterior glass cleaning.

Glass Cleaning – How To’s

For best results, do not clean glass when it is exposed to direct sunlight.

Make sure to clean your windows regularly

Make sure to clean your windows regularly

  1. Start cleaning glass at the top of the building and continue to lower levels.
  2. Soak the glass surface with a clean water and soap solution to loosen dirt and debris.
  3. Use a mild, non abrasive window washing solution and apply with a non abrasive applicator.
  4. Immediately after washing the glass, remove all of the cleaning solution with a squeegee, taking care not to allow any metal surface of the cleaning equipment to touch the glass surface.
  5. Dry all cleaning solution from window gaskets, sealants and frames. Also, make sure that no abrasive particles are trapped between the glass and the cleaning material. Window and door gasket, sealants and frames are susceptible to deterioration if the water and cleaning solutions are not dried away immediately after cleaning.

Removing Labels From Glass

Use of razor blades or knifes is not recommended on any coated glass such as Low E II. However, if paint or other construction residue cannot be removed from any non-coated glass surface with normal cleaning, a new 1″ razor blade may need to be used on small areas only! Scraping should be done in one direction only. Never scrape in a back and forth motion. This will only trap debris under the blade and permanently scratch the glass.

WARNING: Do not use scrapers for cleaning glass. Glass scratched by a scraper is not covered under the Marvin Window and Door warranty.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Glass Cleaning

DO:

  • Clean glass when dirt and residue appear
  • Determine if coated glass surfaces are exposed
  • Exercise special care when cleaning coated glass surfaces
  • Avoid cleaning tinted and coated glass surfaces in direct sunlight
  • Start cleaning at the top of the building and continue to lower levels
  • Soak the glass surface with a clean water and soap solution to loosen dirt and debris
  • Use a mild, non abrasive commercial window cleaning solution
  • Dry all cleaning solution from window gaskets, sealants and frames
  • Clean one small window and check to see if procedures have caused any damage before continuing

DON’T:

  • Use scrapers of any size or type for cleaning glass
  • Allow dirt and residue to remain on glass for an extended period of time
  • Clean tinted or coated glass in direct sunlight
  • Allow water or cleaning residue to remain on the glass or adjacent materials
  • Begin cleaning without rinsing off excessive dirt and debris
  • Use abrasive cleaning solutions or materials
  • Allow metal parts of cleaning equipment to contact the glass
  • Trap abrasive particles between the cleaning materials and the glass surface
  • Allow splashed materials to dry on the glass surface

 


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

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