Tips for maintaining and cleaning timber windows

Previously, we wrote an article covering the pros and cons of both timber and uPVC windows for your home. In that post we touched upon maintenance of timber windows and doors and discussed how simple it was to keep them looking fresh. Now, we’re sharing our maintenance tips for timber windows to show just how easy it is…

Windows and doors from Brinard Joinery can be made in a choice of 4 different timbers. These are: Softwood (also known as Scandinavian Redwood), Engineered Redwood, Sapele, and Accoya. Each of these will have different requirements when it comes to maintenance. That being said, the tips you see below are a good rule of thumb for many timber windows. 

Annual Cleaning Of Timber Windows

To get the most out of your timber windows, we recommend that you clean them twice per year. This intensive ‘deep clean’ will keep your windows looking well kept and extend their lifespan to the fullest. 

All you have to do is use is a damp cloth combined with water and soap to wipe them down. There is absolutely NO need to use kitchen or bathroom cleaners on your timber windows. Doing this can cause damage to the surface, or even corrode hinges and other security features. This will shorten the life of your windows, so avoid at all costs. Instead, use a damp cloth to clean the sash and exterior frame, opening the window as you go to ensure you cover all the hard to reach areas. 

General Maintenance

It is also advisable to take the time to check you are satisfied with the way the window operates. If hinges and handles seem ‘sticky’, then it may be wise to use oil to lubricate the joints. Further to this, ensure that during your clean you pay attention to any ventilators or seals as a build up of dirt here can impede ventilation. 

Finally, inspect the surface of your timber windows for cracks in the paint. While these are easily repaired, leaving the timber open to the elements can lead to the wood beginning to decompose, which will be harder to salvage. So, give them a good once over and flag up any cracks for repair as soon as you see them. 

How To Deal With Damage To Timber Windows 

Should you notice any damage to your timber windows, you should take the time to either repaint or restain them as soon as possible. Prior to doing this, ensure that the area is prepared by using a light abrasive to remove the surface damage. Then use a wet cloth to remove any trace of dust or debris, as this can cause issues during painting. There are also a range of timber fillers that you can use to correct damage and support in creating a smooth finish. Once you have completed all of these steps, use a brush to apply either paint or staining to the surface. 

Fuss Free Maintenance

There are many benefits to timber windows, including their low maintenance nature. That being said, low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. Wood, after all, is a natural product that has the potential to rot if not kept in good condition. By following these simple steps twice a year, you can extend the lifespan of your timber windows and enjoy them for many years to come. 

If you would like to learn more about timber windows and doors for your home, or you need advice on the maintenance of your current windows, contact us today.  All of our products can be made bespoke to your specifications, ensuring that they match the style of your home to a tee. We serve customers in Derbyshire, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Chesterfield and Matlock and we can’t wait to hear from you!