Window cleaning is an essential part of property maintenance and can keep the outside of your house looking beautiful. If you live in a traditional property, you’ll need to think about how best to look after your windows. Period windows require care and attention and tend to be cleaned differently to modern UPVC windows. In fact, cleaning techniques for modern windows could cause damage to traditional windows and the frames. If you have traditional windows and are thinking about cleaning them yourself, take a look at some of our tips for cleaning period windows.
Different windows types and frames
When people think of window cleaning, they tend to think about the glass but forget about the window frames. Cleaning and maintaining frames can be tricky, but they are a key part of any window and are often vital to the look and feel of traditional, period windows. There are also different techniques to consider depending on the finish of your windows.
For painted windows, you will want to use a soft brush with a little bit of washing up liquid. Rinse the windows afterwards with warm water, gently using a soft cloth to clean up the rest of the cleaning solution. If the paint is cracked, you may want to consider repainting and decorating them to keep them in good condition.
Stained windows will need to be cleaned carefully to keep them looking beautiful and to preserve that traditional aesthetic. Use a soft, brittle brush to remove excess dirt, and make sure to avoid using bleach. Once the dirt is cleaned up, use a mix of warm water and washing up liquid with a soft cloth to finish up.
The same techniques can also be used for varnished window frames. If you’re trying to clean a varnished window frame but find that certain stains or marks can’t be cleaned, you may need to try something more than just a bit of warm water. Try using a fine sandpaper on the top layer of varnish and reapply as you continue.
Need a hand? Call the professionals!
If your period windows are too high up, or you need help maintaining them, you could always contact a professional company to help look after your windows. Here at MC Property Maintenance, we have many years of experience offering a wide range of high quality property maintenance services. We have also worked on a number of listed buildings and historic structures, helping to preserve and clean exteriors of traditional homes. Give us a call on 01243 530 076 and get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.