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How To Increase The Life Of Your Windows? - Wideline

How to increase the life of your windows

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Your windows and doors face the harsh elements every day, so every few months they need some care to ensure they retain their longevity. Add these simple window and door care tasks to your spring cleaning list, to keep them serving you for years to come.

1. Clean window glass

With all your window and door care, make sure you use a soft cloth that will not scratch any surfaces. To clean glass, always use a mild detergent that is specifically designed for use with glass and steer clear of any products that will introduce grit as this can cause scratches. Also avoid any cleaners which contain Hydrofluoric or Phosphoric acid as they are corrosive to glass surfaces.

If you have ComfortPlus™ or ComfortHush™ glass, hand cleaning of the coated (interior) surface, to visibly remove accumulated dust or fingerprints, can be accomplished using a number of different glass cleaning products such as Windex® Multi-Surface Cleaner (colourless liquid) or a mixture of one part vinegar and ten parts water. The exterior surface of the glass is not coated so can be cleaned in the same fashion as ordinary glass.

2. Clean aluminium window and door frames

When you clean your window glass, always clean the frames as well. The external surfaces of your windows should be washed with a soft sponge and mild detergent every few months to remove pollution, salt, residue and dirt. Use a gentle cloth and be careful not to scratch or scrape the frames.

If there is any grime built up in the drainage slots and sill recesses of your aluminium windows, this should also be cleaned out.

3. Clean timber windows and door frames

Use a gentle cloth and mild detergent for cleaning timber. Do not scratch or scrape the frames and make sure you rinse off the detergent thoroughly. Timber generally needs annual recoating, so use this time to check the state of your woodwork and plan for when your timber windows should be re-coated.

4. Wash flyscreens and security screens

Flyscreens can be removed and rinsed gently with a garden hose. Be careful not to use too much pressure though, as that can stretch the fly screen or pull the edges out of their housing. Scrub the screens with a soft bristled brush and warm soapy water. Wash both sides of the screen.

Security screens and fixed screens will need to be washed with a sponge and a bucket, instead of a hose. Before starting to clean fixed screens, lay towels on the floor or window sill so that you can carefully wipe the inside of the screen as well as the outside of the screen.

5. Window and door hardware

Clean bottom tracks of doors and windows with a cloth. Ensure drainage holes are free of residue. Open and close your window sashes to make sure your hardware is operating smoothly.

If any hardware in your windows and doors need replacing, contact us for spare parts ordering or we can refer you to a recommended window repairer.

 

Have a question?

For any specific information on how to best care for your Wideline windows and door products, call our team on 1300 943 354 or use the online Enquiry form.