In this blog, we are pleased to present Alex Wingrove from Integrity Window Cleaning’s guide to looking after your sash windows and preserving their life.
My father is a painter and decorator. The quality of his work was always second to none. The reason? He spent more time on preparation than anything else. Except when he came to the kitchen window of a house. For some reason this window never needed much attention when it came to being sanded, and often it didn’t really need painting. The reason? It was the one window the house wife spent the most time looking out of, and the one window she really noticed was dirty so would therefore clean regularly. She would take a cloth wipe down all the woodwork keeping clean and white and unbeknownst to her, preserving the life of her window.
So when it came to being asked what is the best way to clean a traditional sash window and to preserve its quality, the answer was simple. To clean the sash window or any window regularly.
So lets assume you have wooden or traditional sash windows, one that you enjoy looking out of maybe at your garden and you want to keep that sash window and that view looking amazing. How are you going to keep it clean? Its relatively simple; all you need is a bucket of hot water, two microfiber cloths and a small amount of washing up liquid – or failing this a professional window cleaner like Alex from Integrity Window Cleaning.
Using one microfiber cloth, put it in the bucket, wring it out and gently wipe the window frame, especially the nooks and crannies that are susceptible to dirt build up. Make sure you clean all the woodwork thoroughly, being careful not to start rubbing away the paint. Clean the glass in the same manner, and then buff it up with the dry microfiber cloth.
For a professional on-site job, call Alex from Integrity Window Cleaning and he will do all of this for you. He wont use a bucket of hot water from the tap, but purified water. If you want to find out more then visit his website (http://www.integritywindowcleaning.co.uk/).
The key to keeping your sash windows in the best condition isn’t necessarily the method you use to clean them, but how often you clean them. A good quality sash window that has been painted properly and cleaned regularly will last years. Not only that, it will save you money. The more time you spend getting it cleaned, the longer it will last before it needs to be painted again. Remember my father at the beginning – the kitchen window that the house wife cleaned regularly needed painting half as often as the others. Or in other words, over the lifetime of the window, the owner saved 50% on restoration and repainting.