Product Care Guides – Windows & Doors

Understanding Window Maintenance

Windows endure a lot, weather elements, pollution and daily wear and tear can all take a toll. Although replacing windows can be costly, with proper maintenance, you can extend their lifespan and maintain their functionality and appearance.

This guide outlines simple, yet effective steps for different window materials and components, ensuring every homeowner can carry them out easily.

Quick Overview of the Guide

  • Section 1: Glazing Care Tips
    • Routine Cleaning
    • Paint Removal
    • Managing Condensation


  • Section 2: Frame Maintenance
    • Aluminium and uPVC Frames
    • Wooden Frames


  • Section 3: Maintaining Window Components
    • General Component Cleaning
    • Lubricating Moving Parts

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  1. Window Glazing Care

Regular maintenance of your window glass prevents dirt build-up and ensures optimal performance. Cleaning your windows at least twice a year is recommended, but more frequent cleaning may be necessary if you live near the sea or in industrial areas due to increased exposure to salt and pollutants.

Routine Glazing Cleaning

  • Tools: Soft cloth, water, and soap or a commercial window cleaner.
  • Steps:
    1. Apply a gentle soap solution or cleaner with a soft cloth.
    2. Avoid abrasive pastes and harsh materials like steel wool, which can scratch the glass.
    3. Rinse thoroughly to prevent residue build-up.

Removing Paint

Doing some painting? This can sometimes result in paint on the windows. Tackle this quickly to prevent the paint from hardening:

  • Water-Based Paints: Use warm, soapy water.
  • Oil-Based Paints: White spirit is effective for removal.

Managing Condensation

Condensation is common as seasons change, particularly in autumn. Though it's often mistaken as a window defect, but it's usually due to temperature differences and can be managed:

  • Prevention Tips: Ensure good ventilation and consider upgrading or renew your double or triple glazing to retain more heat, reducing condensation.


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  1. Caring for Window Frames

Frames need regular cleaning to avoid build up of dirt and pollutants, which can degrade their appearance and function over time.

Aluminum and uPVC Frames

These require less maintenance and are straightforward to clean:

  • Cleaning Process: Use warm, soapy water with a soft cloth. For tougher stains, a specific uPVC cleaner or diluted washing-up liquid might be needed.
  • Don’ts: Avoid glass cleaners and abrasive substances that could damage the frame.

Wooden Frames

Wooden frames offer a classic look but require more care to ensure they last:

  • Routine Care: Clean with soapy water. Annually check and possibly re-coat with a micro-porous finish to protect against the elements.
  • Maintenance Tips: Address scratches and dents promptly to prevent further damage.


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  1. Maintenance of Window Components

While parts like locks and hinges don’t need frequent maintenance, keeping them clean and lubricated can prevent issues.

General Component Care

  • Cleaning: Wipe down with soapy water; use a stainless steel cleaner for metal components.
  • Lubrication: Apply light machine oil sparingly to moving parts to ensure smooth operation.

FAQs on Window Care

Q: How often should I clean my window frames and glazing?

A: Clean window glazing at least twice a year and frames every three to six months, depending on your environment.

Q: What should I do if I notice condensation between the panes?

A: This could indicate a seal failure. It's advisable to consult a professional for repair or replacement.

Q: Can I use regular household cleaners on my windows?

A: It's best to use cleaners specific to the material of your frames and avoid harsh chemicals that can damage window components.

Key Takeaways

  • Regular Maintenance: Clean and inspect your windows regularly to extend their lifespan.
  • Use Suitable Products: Select cleaning materials that are appropriate for your window type to avoid damage.
  • Professional Help: For serious issues like condensation between panes or significant frame damage, seek professional advice.

Putting these practices into your home maintenance routine will ensure your windows remain in prime condition, keeping your home looking at its best and working as it should from new!

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Composite and Timber Doors:

To keep your composite door looking fresh, we recommend cleaning regularly with warm soapy water and using a soft microfibre cloth. This can be done once a month or as often as you like. It's best to avoid using a rough sided sponge or abrasive brillo pad as it could potentially scratch your finish.



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