27 Apr

Top tips for maintaining timber window frames

With spring officially upon us (and what a Spring it’s turning out to be!), it’s time for homeowners around the country to dust off the cobwebs of winter and get ready for the warmer weather.

As the nation continues to spend more time than ever in their homes, now is the best time to tackle those pesky chores that have been on the to-do list for too long. We have previously covered the best way to clean your windows like a pro, and with that in mind here are some of our top tips for maintaining timber window frames.

Cleaning timber window frames

The general cleaning of timber window frames is very simple. All that’s required is some warm soapy warm and a soft cloth, no special cleaning products or gadgets – just warm water and a little elbow grease! If the frames are exceptionally dirty, or if there are any grease marks or similar, then use washing up liquid with very little or no water. Then rinse the soap off with fresh clean water. 

It’s not recommended to use glass cleaner on the frames or other cleaners such as kitchen or bathroom surface cleaner. These are much harsher products and could damage the timber – after all, wood is strong but not indestructible. Do not hose down or use large quantities of water for cleaning as this is an unnatural application and will create moisture imbalance within the products. Taking time to clean and maintain coated timber windows regularly will not only keep them looking good but will also help them stand the test of time.

How to check for any wear and tear

It’s important to regularly check over any timber windows frames for any wear and tear that may be beginning to show. Due to the fact the weather in the UK is so changeable, timber windows will face a variety of different conditions that could damage the frame. Even a hairline crack in the paint could allow water to infiltrate and do long term damage.

Some of the key things to look out for are:

  • Any chipping or damage to the outer frames. 
  • Ensure all hinges, latches, and locking systems are working adequately.
  • Check over all seals and joints for any movement or gaps that may appear.
  • If the frames are coated or painted check over the finish to see whether they need recoating. 
  • Depending on the timber used, it’s also important to keep an eye on any knots that are within the frame. At Westbury Windows & Joinery we use premium-grade knot-free timber in all of our windows so this won’t be an issue.
  • For Accoya Windows and doors ensure to touch in any areas of damage with end grain sealer as soon as they occur to stop moisture ingress

Certain individuals will feel comfortable carrying out a bit of DIY to make sure their timber window frames are in perfect condition. Repairing small chips and damage to the framework can be very simple, but it is always recommended to have the work carried out by a professional if there is any uncertainty. 

Below is a quick overview of the best way to carry out maintenance on any small damages to the finish of a timber window frame.

  • Rub down the damaged area with a fine grade abrasive paper
  • Clean and wash down the abraded area to remove dust, and allow to dry
  • Apply a coat of Teknos AQUATOP 2600 in the appropriate colour using a good quality synthetic brush or roller that is designed for use with acrylic paints. Allow to dry for four hours, and then apply a second coat.
  • If the damaged area is widespread, it is recommended that the whole frame is lightly abraded and repaired in the same fashion.

Maintaining timber framed windows

As the nation prepares to continue lockdown for the coming weeks, homeowners, across the country will be looking for tasks to fill their days. There is no better time to have a look around the home for any maintenance work that may need carrying out. Cleaning and maintaining windows is a job that can often be pushed to the end of a to-do list but to help extend the life of the frames, is a necessity. 

If your frames are coming to the end of their life, then find out more about our bespoke timber windows.