Monday 15 July 2013

A guide to cleaning your sash windows

Timber sash windows are constructed using a fairly simple design and materials that can be repaired relatively easily. However, if you want your windows to last longer and look better, then regular cleaning is recommended.

If you clean your glass and timber surfaces often, it will also help your sash windows to function more effectively, both in terms of moving parts and when it comes to the basic functions of a window: letting light in and keeping draughts out.

When you are cleaning any windows, the most important factor to consider is safety. When glass and heavy timber structures are involved, you can never be too careful about your own well-being. Never attempt to clean high windows without the necessary equipment and never try and clean without two feet firmly on the ground (standing on stools and chairs is a big no-no). If you do have second storey windows or higher, then it’s a good idea to call in a professional.

If you have double hung sash windows that you can reach, draw the upper sash down to a comfortable height. Clean both inner and outer faces from inside and outside respectively for better access. Lower sash windows are cleaned in the same way, unless they are fitted with a hinge system meaning both sides can be cleaned from the inside.

Cleaning provides a great opportunity to inspect your sash window parts for any sign of wear and tear. Rust, fraying cords and rotting timber are three common problems you might spot. If there are any signs of damage, it always pays to act quickly. Repairing timber sash windows sooner rather than later could save you lots of money.

Remove any dirt or grime from the timber with a wet soapy cloth but be sure to dry after cleaning for a more polished finish and to remove excess water. As with any cleaning, the more often you do it, the easier it is.