Your windows are such an important part of your property and no matter what material they are made from, all homeowners should know that their windows do actually require some regular maintenance. Even if you have a window cleaner that visits regularly, there are things you should do to look after them as well. Of course, some materials will require more looking after than others but even still, there are things that all homeowners can do.  Whether you’ve just invested in new windows for your property, and you want to keep them in good condition, or you’d like to give your old windows some TLC hoping it will give them a new lease of life, keep reading today. Brackenwood has put together a list of general top tips for looking after your windows and you can trust that the things below can make a huge difference to their lifespan. 

Clean your frames as well as your glass

Whilst we are quick to clean the glass on our windows, especially if they are starting to look a bit grubby or are covered in fingerprints, many people forget to clean the window frame too. General cleaning like this is so straightforward and it won’t take you long at all to go over your window frames.  Ideally, you should clean your window frames, both inside and out, at least twice a year. Remember, the more you do it, the easier the job will be. You should aim to get rid of any debris like leaves and dead insects, as well as dust and dirt by using a cloth or a feather duster. Then all you need to do is simply wipe them down with warm soapy water, it’s incredibly easy. 

Regularly open all of your windows 

It isn’t uncommon for people to use some windows much more frequently than others, for example, you may find that over spring and summer months your living room windows are always open, your dining room windows are rarely used. Like anything else you don’t use regularly, your windows can become stiff and hard to open.  Of course, it goes without saying that it is also good to regularly open your windows to air out your home. Fresh air can not only benefit the general atmosphere of your home but also your body, mind and even your bank account too. 

Check over all parts 

Depending on the type of windows that you have, you may find that the parts don’t require much care but, some will definitely need careful attention. You should try to check over all parts frequently, and a good place to start is by examining the hinges and locks. It is important to ensure that these essential parts are working as they should be.  When you think about it, investing in new individual parts or fixing issues as and when they are required will be much cheaper than the overall cost of new windows. So, every now and then take some time to thoroughly check over all parts of your windows and ensure you aren’t experiencing any problems.

Ensure everyone is opening them correctly 

Whilst this may seem like quite a strange tip, you’d be surprised how damaging it can be if your family are carelessly yanking your windows open and closed. Regular misuse actually puts added stress on the windows and over time, this can even cause them to break.  We would recommend that you take the time to show your family, children in particular, how to safely open your windows or, if you’d prefer, make sure they always as you to open them instead. Whilst this may sound quite extreme for standard casement windows, for sliding sash windows it is really important.

Investing in new windows 

Hopefully, the maintenance tips above will help you to ensure that your current windows last as long as possible. You can trust that they are all beneficial to undertake, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t take some time to look after your windows.  If you find that when you start to use these tips, your current windows could do with being replaced then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Brackenwood today. We are aluminium and uPVC window suppliers and can provide you with a huge range of replacement windows to choose from. You can trust that we have the perfect solution to suit your home, no matter what your unique style may be.