How to look after timber windows

How to Care for Timber Windows

We are passionate about Timber Windows; real wood windows can add to your homes aesthetics and really enhance the beauty and value of your home.

However, something so beautiful must need a lot of upkeep?

The simple answer is no, during our manufacturing process we ensure we do everything we can to ensure your Windows will last the test of time.  The wood we use has natural properties and oils that will help withstand the elements.

Painted Finish

Maximum Protection but Minimal Maintenance. All of our windows are factory painted prior to assembly, providing complete protection from moisture absorption and maximising longevity.

Every product receives a base coat of timber preservative, then a primer coat, followed by two coats of micro-porous paint. You should expect the coatings to last from five to eight years without the need for re-treatment.

When cleaning your painted timber windows:

DO – Use soap or washing up liquid with warm water

DO – Use microfiber cloths, sponges, soft cloths and lint-free rags

DON’T – Use harsh chemicals such as household bleach

DON’T – Use hard bristled brush

Cleaning the Window Interior

STEP ONE – Remove any dust that may have built up in the window sill or round the edges of the glass.

STEP TWO – Spray your windows with glass cleaner and then wipe down with a microfiber cloth.

STEP THREE – Once your windows are completely dry, scrunch some newspaper into a ball and buff the windows. This will give your glass an added sparkle.

TOP TIP – for more stubborn marks, try mixing two tablespoons of water to a bucket of warm water.

Cleaning the Window Exterior

Before washing the outside of your windows, make sure you’ve chosen a cloudy day as direct sunlight can dry your windows too quickly and leave streaky marks.

STEP ONE: Create your cleaning solution using warm water and a washing up liquid.

STEP TWO: Start with the top or bottom of the sash window, lowering or lifting the frame till it’s at a comfortable height. Then use a dry cloth to remove any visible dust and dirt marks.

STEP THREE: Take the sponge and cleaning solution and scrub both the window panes and the wooden frames.

STEP FOUR: Take your squeegee, and work horizontally across the glass, directing the water down the window. (If you have multi-pane windows, make sure you choose a smaller squidgy and pull it down in one single stroke per pane)

STEP FIVE: Wipe up any excess water at the bottom of your windows with your rag, and then use your rag and finger to remove any remaining soap suds.

Paintwork

As mentioned previously, our finishes last 8 years minimum, however should you wish to change the colour of your windows before this period then renovation is simple. No sanding down required simply repaint to the colour of your choice.

Hardware

Window hardware is integral to the structure and movement of the panes, and can often be forgotten about when carrying out obvious maintenance checks. However, when looking over the elements you should check over hinges, pivots and cords.

Hinges should be checked to make sure there are no loose screws and it should be lubricated at yearly intervals. If they have seized up then use some WD40 and gently work them free. If you have a sash window, you’ll need to also check the cords are sturdy and secure.

You’ll be glad to know though, that these are easy to replace and we suggest replacing both cords at the same time, even if it’s just one that’s gone.

The lifetime of timber windows can extend to over fifty years, but for them to truly last, annual inspections and cleaning should be carried out. This allows you to identify any problems. Thinking about replacing your old and tired windows? Get in touch with the team today.

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