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Timber window frames are a fantastic addition to any home. Due to their unique contours and grains, along with the varying colour shades, opting for timber over other popular materials can bring a touch of elegance and tradition to your property. As a result of the nature of wooden window frames, they will require a little more maintenance throughout their lifespan to ensure that they remain in immaculate condition and to avoid severe damage.

Tips For Maintaining Timber Window Frames

Windows are vital for bringing natural light into the home, which means that over time, they are exposed to their fair share of wear and tear. With the constant exposure to adverse weather conditions including heavy rainfall, strong winds and direct sunlight, without maintenance, you will begin to notice a deterioration. On average, timber window frames have an expected life of up to 60 years, which means that the little time and money required to carry out maintenance tasks will most definitely be worth it. With this in mind, we have devised a full guide on how to maintain timber window frames.

Regular Dusting

A build-up of dust in the home can have a huge impact on the health of those living within the property. Constantly inhaling dust particles can begin to cause irritation of the eyes and lungs, which leads to coughing, sneezing and even increased asthma attacks. The longer the particles are in the air, the more harmful they can become, which means that it is vital to ensure that you regularly remove dust from all surfaces. Window frames are a key culprit for building up dust as not only is debris building from inside the home, but also all particles from outside. Dusting off window frames only takes a few seconds and can be done simply using a clean, dry microfibre cloth. As the cloth will be dry, you can afford to scrub a little as it will not damage the wood. Once you have finished dusting the window frames, be sure to hoover or sweep up all of the fallen particles to ensure that it does not disperse into the air.

General Cleaning

General cleaning is the most important factor of timber window frame maintenance and should be completed at least twice a year. Allowing dirt to build up, particularly on the frames, will increase the likelihood of future rotting. Similarly to removing dust, washing wooden window frames is a straightforward task. It is your choice whether you opt to use a specialist wood cleaner or simply products such as washing up liquid; both are equally as effective. Soak a clean cloth in a combination of warm water and your cleaning product of choice, then remove and wring out any excess water. Try to keep the cloth damp rather than soaking wet, as it will avoid water dripping down the glass and onto the floor. The window frames can then be scrubbed with the cloth until you reach results that you are happy with. If you have particularly grimy windows and notice that it is taking a while for the warm, soapy water to make a difference, you may want to consider adding a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to the mix. Bicarbonate of soda is ideal for removing harsher grime such as plant sap. dusting window sill

Avoid Pressure Washing

Although pressure washing is the perfect solution for speeding up the cleaning process, we strongly recommended to avoid using this tool to clean wooden window frames. Timber frames and glass are somewhat fragile, which means that the high-pressure water can be potentially detrimental. High pressures of water can cause the frames itself to begin to warp, along with damage to paintwork and causing the seals to become loose. Using a pressure washer also risks breaking the glass of the windows.

Removing Mould & Mildew

Not only is mould and mildew unsightly, but it can also have an increasingly negative impact on the longevity of your timber window frames. Mould and mildew begins to grow on windows when there is a considerable amount of condensation on the surrounding structure. Windows are the main cause of the growth of mould in properties because they are consistently exposed to a combination of the warmth of central heating and the cool outside air. Removing mould and mildew can be rather tricky, particularly if the timber has been varnished, waxed or stained. It is rare that bleach is capable of clearing all signs, which means that alternative ingredients must be used. After removing dust and wiping down window frames, a mixture of four parts water to one part vinegar can be applied to all mould spots. Soak the spots for a few minutes to break down the particles and then wipe away as you would normally with a clean, damp cloth.

Caring For Glass

Especially if you have small children, windows will always be filled with mucky fingerprints and streaks, which means that ensuring to regularly clean window glass is imperative. Achieving sparkling clean windows can be completed through the help of a professional or by using DIY methods. If you hope to clean windows yourself, you may want to consider carrying out the task on a cloudy day. Direct sunlight can make it tricky to keep on top of streak removal as it will force both the water and cleaning solution to dry incredibly quickly. Opting for a cloudy day means that you will have time to thoroughly work from the top to the bottom, achieving a seamless, streak-free shine. Only a few key pieces of equipment is required to carry out DIY window cleaning, the main of which is a high-quality squeegee. A squeegee allows you to wipe away all water in a few swipes and also comes with a long handle, which makes cleaning tall windows a simple task. For more great window cleaning tips and tricks, head over to The Spruce. cleaning windows

Scratch Repairs

In many cases, scratches on timber window frames are inevitable, but luckily do not mean that you will need to pay for a replacement. Scratches can be resolved and refilled in just a few steps. Before beginning any scratch repairs, you must ensure that all surfaces are both clean and dry. Any scratches that remain to be deep and prominent after cleaning can then be sanded down and filled. Using sandpaper, begin to sand the surface in the direction of the scratch as ideally, paint damage needs to be kept at a minimum. To re-even the surface, using a craft stick, spread wood filler across the damaged area and leave to dry fully. It is highly recommended to use a stainable or paintable wood filler as it means that once dried, you will be able to hide the repairs using a wood stain or paint.

Repainting Timber Window Frames

If you have noticed that the paint on window frames has begun to fade, or alternatively, you hope to bring a splash of colour to the exterior of your property, then you may be considering repainting. Repainting timber window frames can be completed independently and will not require the help of a professional. Before beginning the painting process, all areas of the frame must be adequately prepared and primed to ensure that the paint is able to stick well and to improve durability. Ensure that frames are clean, all rough edges are sanded down and dust is brushed away. Applying an undercoat of wood primer is a vital step in the painting process as it adds an adhesive layer that the paint is able to stick to. The primer must be fully dry before attempting to begin painting. It is your choice whether you opt for using a water-based paint or oil-based enamel to add colour to wooden window frames. Water-based paint, on average, provides the best results as it is not prone to discolouration with age which is often a common problem with oil-based enamel. In addition, water-based paint will dry considerably quicker and will adhere well to the surface. Paint can be applied to frames using a synthetic, long-haired paintbrush to guarantee precision and a cross-stroke method should be used. repainting window

Keep An Eye Out For Warning Signs

Many different prominent warning signs are a good indication that you need to start considering timber window repairs or replacement. Making yourself aware of these tell-tale signs will allow you to spot issues early, so they can be resolved before they grow in severity. Due to the high levels of moisture that wooden window frames are exposed to, one of the biggest warning signs of a growing issue is rotting and warping. If left unsolved, warping in particular, will make it incredibly tricky to open and close windows without having to apply heavy pressure; this alone risks the safety of those living in the property. Warping is caused due to frames absorbing the moisture and expanding meaning that eventually, they will fail to fit securely into their frame. Windows that are no longer serving their purpose are also incapable of insulating both cold air and sound. An unusual spike in energy bills is the biggest implication that your windows can no longer trap warm air into the property and cold air out. Those living in the home will continuously increase their central heating to counteract the lost heat caused by draughts. Ultimately, forcing you to pay more on energy bills. Wooden windows should work towards soundproofing your home, which is particularly beneficial if you live near a busy road or in the centre of a city. If you begin to notice that there is little difference between the level of sound inside the home compared to outside, then you may need to consider replacing both your frames and glass panels. If you do notice any of the mentioned warning signs that you need to replace windows, then please feel free to contact Click Glazing. Our specialist team of professionals have years of experience fitting windows in Milton Keynes for an affordable price! closing window

Keep Timber Window Frames In Immaculate Condition!

With regular maintenance, cleaning and through solving any issue or damage as early as possible, it is almost guaranteed that timber window frames will serve their 60-year lifespan. Many of the tasks above can easily be completed through DIY methods, and you can be sure to find full step-by-step tutorials on YouTube to answer any questions that you may have!
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