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How To Maintain Your Windows – Top Tips & Advice

When you get new windows for your home, it is important to commit to a regular cleaning and maintenance routine. Things like pollution and weathering can stain or damage windows, and it is expensive to repair them or buy replacement windows. With some simple care and upkeep practices, you can keep them in good condition and maximise the lifespan of your windows.

There are various things to think about when looking after your windows. Read on for a complete guide to keeping them in optimal condition.

Caring for the Glazing

The glass in your windows needs to be cleaned regularly to keep looking and performing its best. We recommend that you wash your windows at least twice a year. You may need to do it more frequently than this if:

  • You live close to the coast.
  • Your home is near a production or construction site.
  • Your home is near a busy road with air pollution.

General Window Cleaning

Be mindful of the following tips for effectively cleaning your glazing:

  • Use a soft cloth and water with mild soap or washing up liquid.
  • A commercial window cleaning solution/cream can be beneficial.
  • Always follow the instructions of your cleaning products.
  • Keep specialist creams or solutions away from the window frame.
  • Wash away residue with clean water.
  • Avoid using steel wool or sharp implements for stubborn marks.

If you need to remove paint from the glass, you may need to apply white spirit for spirit-based paints.

Dealing with Condensation

When temperatures drop, condensation can become a concern. It is a common problem inside homes and can lead to issues that may harm the windows or cause ill health in occupants.

If you have frequent problems with condensation, there may be an issue with ventilation or the quality of your glazing. We recommend trying the following before considering investing in new windows:

  • Open trickle vents above your windows.
  • Use disposable dehumidifiers.
  • But an electric dehumidifier.
  • Open the windows regularly.
  • Wipe down condensation on windows when it appears.

Window Frame Maintenance

Caring for your window frames is just as important as the upkeep of the glazing. Dirt from weather and pollution shouldn’t damage your windows, but it is best to clean the frames so that they look their best, particularly in cities or towns near coasts.

In rural regions, you should clean your window frames at least twice a year. If you live in an urban or coastal region, cleaning every three months is advised.

Aluminium and uPVC Window Maintenance

Aluminium windows and uPVC windows are low-maintenance compared with timber windows, which is one of many reasons they are so popular. Cleaning is usually straightforward, but here is some general advice for your reference:

  • Use a soft cloth and warm, soapy water. Washing up liquid usually works well.
  • Stubborn stains may require a specialised cream-based uPVC cleaner.
  • Keep glass cleaner away from frames.
  • Don’t use cleaning agents like kitchen or bathroom cleaners, and avoid caustic cleaning products.
  • Avoid abrasive things like scouring pads.

Cleaning Timber Window Frames

Some homeowners opt for wooden window frames, particularly to conserve the look of period properties. Timber windows require more specialised care, but modern timber windows frames are usually coated with weather-resistant paint and coatings for added longevity.

Here is some general cleaning advice:

  • Use a soft cloth and warm, soapy water for general cleaning.
  • Remove grease marks with washing up liquid.
  • Avoid glass cleaner and kitchen/bathroom cleaners on wooden frames.

With timber frames, you will inevitably need to recoat the wood. This will help ensure the product outlives its guarantee and remains in top condition. Micro-porous wood stain or paint are recommended for recoating. Always apply them to clean, dry frames and follow the product instructions diligently.

Addressing Scratches and Chips

In rare instances, the wood of your timber window frame may be scratched or chipped unexpectedly. Damaged timber should be immediately re-painted or re-stained to protect the wood underneath.

Here are some basic tips to follow if this happens:

  • Use a light abrasive like sandpaper to remove all surface damage. Follow the line of the grain.
  • Wipe away dust and debris with a wet cloth and avoid inhaling the dust.
  • A timber filler may be helpful to repair the damage and provide a smooth surface to reapply the finish.
  • Follow the instructions for your stain to apply the finish to the damaged area.

If you fail to treat scratches or chips, your product guarantee may be invalidated. It is wise to inspect your timber frames regularly for damage and address any issues you see swiftly. It is unlikely that damage will occur without your knowledge, but it can happen.

Maintaining Window Locks, Handles and Hinges

The locks, hinges, and handles of your windows don’t require regular maintenance. However, they will probably require occasional attention as time goes on. It is recommended to occasionally clean and polish the hardware. Moving parts like hinges and locks may need to be lubricated from time to time, particularly if you notice stiffness or squeaking.

Here’s some advice for cleaning:

  • If any of the hardware is not made from stainless steel, use a soft cloth and warm, soapy water.
  • Stainless steel hardware should be cleaned with a specialist stainless steel cleaning product. Address hard-to-remove residues with a wadding cloth first before tackling the stain itself.
  • Avoid using strong cleaning products as they may damage the finish of your hardware.

Lubricating Window Locks and Hinges

When you need to lubricate these moving parts, keep the following advice in mind:

  • Light machine oil is best for this purpose. Apply it in small amounts to lubricate locks, restrictors, window hinges and catches when needed.
  • Avoid using any other oil, grease or lubricant (including WD40) for this job.
  • Don’t lubricate plastic moving parts on hinges. These are self-lubricating.

Final Thoughts

Maintenance of your windows is fairly straightforward, but it is important to keep up with it. Failure to do so could lead to issues like permanent marks or damage creeping in, and these problems are more costly to address.

Follow the guidance in this article and you will keep your windows looking and functioning at their best.

Why choose Eco Thermal Design for your new windows?

Eco Thermal Design has transformed countless homes across Barnsley, Sheffield and other areas of South Yorkshire. We are experts when it comes to windows and can help you find the right windows for your home. We manufacturer our windows in our factory in Barnsley, and only work with quality brands such as KömmerlingSchucoSheerline and Origin. We also offer Residence Collection windows, perfectly suited for period properties.

Our expert team can help you decide on the right window for your home, and our team of fitters can complete their work to the highest standards, causing you minimal disruption along the way. We’re proud of the quality of our products, work and people, which is echoed by our customers in our Which Trusted Trader reviews.

If you would like to speak to one of our window experts or get a quote, you can contact us here or give us a call on 01226 764841.

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