How to maintain wooden windows and doors

Wooden windows and doors are a beautiful and traditional feature in many homes, and they offer an authentic look that cannot be replicated by other materials. However, maintenance can often be a challenge for many homeowners. With improper care, wooden doors and windows can quickly deteriorate and become ineffective for your home.

To avoid this, our expert team have collated a set of guidelines to help you maintain both your wooden windows and timber doors so you can prolong their lifespan and ensure quality performance.

General care of wooden windows and doors

1. Clean your timber windows and doors regularly

It’s important to clean your wooden windows and  timber doors regularly to prevent dirt and grime from building up. Usually, we would recommend 1-2 times per year.

To ensure your windows and doors are cleaned effectively, we suggest using a soft cloth or a brush to gently remove any built-up dust and debris, with a final wipe down with a damp cloth.

It is important to avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners as they can damage the wood. You should also avoid using appliances such as a hosepipe to wash your windows and doors as it will completely saturate the wooden area, potentially causing it to expand and crack.

2. Protect your windows and doors from the elements

Exposure to the sun, rain, and wind can cause damage to wooden windows and doors over time. To protect them from the elements, it is important to apply a high-quality sealant or paint which will help to prevent any water damage, warping, and cracking.

After you have sealed your wood, make sure to check its expected lifespan so you can take action and remember to re-coat your timber windows and doors before any problems can occur in the future.

3. Keep hinges and locks lubricated

Your doors and windows will have hinges and locks that require lubrication to function properly. If you notice any sticking or resistance, use a silicone-based lubricant to keep the hardware functioning smoothly.

4. Repair your windows and doors when necessary

It is important to inspect your windows and doors regularly for any signs of damage or wear. Look for any cracking, rotting, or other damage to the wood that could be affecting its integrity.

If you do notice any damage, it’s important to address it as soon as possible so repairs can be made. This will help to prevent further damage and extend the life of your windows and doors.

5. Redecorating your wooden doors and windows

If you wish to redecorate your wooden doors and windows, we recommend a water-based paint to ensure maximum covering power with a great finish and minimal blistering.

To prepare your doors and windows before decorating, all surfaces should be roughened with abrasive paper, thoroughly washed down with mild detergent, and rinsed with clean water to remove any dust which could impact the finish of the final coating.

A good quality, long haired, synthetic painting brush should also be used to avoid any noticeable brush strokes. When applying your paint, 1-2 coats of water-based paint as well as a quality top coat should leave your doors and windows feeling brand-new in no time at all.

Why is regular maintenance important for timber windows and doors?

At Timber Windows, all of our wooden windows and wooden doors are created using specially engineered wood to minimise any warping or cracking in their structures. However, maintaining your wooden windows and doors is still essential to keep them looking their best, and to prevent damage.

Regular cleaning, inspections, and timely repairs are all important aspects of maintaining your wooden windows and doors to ensure that they will last for years to come.

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Get in touch

If you’d like to speak to a member of our team regarding our range of timber products, or to discuss our care guide further, you can get in touch via the contact details below.


Timber Windows at Harewood

The Kennels | 9A Harewood Yard | Harewood House Estate | Harewood | Leeds | LS17 9LF

Tel: 0113 288 6117


Timber Windows of Knutsford

107 King Street | Knutsford | Cheshire | WA16 6EQ

Tel: 01565 745225