Essential Tips for Maintaining Your Windows and Doors

Published 19 April 2024 by Sternfenster
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Windows and doors are vital components of any home, providing security, protection from the elements, and enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal. To ensure their optimal performance and longevity, regular maintenance is crucial. In this article, Sternfenster will provide valuable tips on effectively maintaining your windows and doors.

With over 50 years of experience in supplying uPVC and aluminium products, as well as committing to delivering the best possible customer service, you can feel rest assured with Sternfenster’s essential tips for maintaining your windows and doors.  

1. Regular Cleaning

The first step to maintaining your windows and doors is regular cleaning. Whether you have aluminium windows and doors or uPVC, regular cleaning is essential to keep them looking their best. Use a mild detergent or recommended glass cleaner to clean the glass surfaces of your windows and doors. Avoid abrasive cleaners or rough materials that can scratch the glass. Clean the frames and hardware with a soft cloth and mild detergent. 

But regularly cleaning your windows and doors is not only about the glass, frames, and hardware. Keeping the surrounding area clean and free from debris is also important for maintaining them. Trim any overgrown vegetation or bushes that may obstruct them.

This will ensure that your windows and doors keep shining. But it also helps with functionality, as your tracks and hinges will be free from dirt and debris, preventing damage to frames and ensuring the absolutely smooth operation of your windows and doors. 

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2. Lubrication

Unlike regular cleaning, lubrication is mostly essential to ensure your door and windows keep performing their best. Especially for the smooth opening and closing, regular lubrication of moving parts is important. Use a silicone-based or recommended lubricant suitable for your window and door type. For example, using oil on uPVC windows and doors can cause damage over time, as oil can build up in the hinges and locking mechanisms of your doors. So, for this specific type of window and door, we would recommend wiping a small amount of silicone based lubricant with a cloth along tracks and seals for the best results. 

When in doubt about which lubricant to use for your windows and doors, you can always get in touch with our expert team at Sternfenster. 

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3. Check for Damage

Another way to maintain your windows and doors is to regularly inspect them for signs of damage or wear. Look for cracks, chips, or gaps in the glass, frames, or seals. As damaged seals can lead to drafts and energy loss, you will need to promptly address any damage to prevent further issues.

Regularly inspecting weatherstripping is also another way to check for damage in your windows and doors, which can play a crucial role in maintaining energy efficiency. Over time, it can become worn or damaged, compromising its effectiveness. So regularly inspect weatherstripping and, if necessary, replace it to keep your home well insulated, and your energy costs low. However, it might be hard or confusing to figure out whether you need a repair or replacement. In that case, you can always seek our professional advice by getting in touch

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4. Address Condensation Issues

Condensation is a commonly seen issue on single glazed windows which indicates excess moisture in your home. In long term, this can lead to mould and damage. In some cases, you can reduce condensation by ensuring proper ventilation and using dehumidifiers if necessary. You can also wipe away any condensation to prevent water damage.

However, in other cases, if the condensation caused by outdated glazing is irreparable, ventilation or dehumidifiers might not be enough. Instead, you might need to consider replacement windows and an upgrade to double or triple glazing. If your windows suffer from condensation and you are struggling to choose between repairing or replacing single glazed windows, check out our helpful guide

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Maintaining Your Windows & Doors With Sternfenster

By following these tips, you can ensure that your windows and doors remain in optimal condition, enhancing the beauty and functionality of your home. Regular maintenance is key to prolonging their lifespan.

If you are considering replacing your windows or doors, Sternfenster offers a wide range of high quality uPVC and aluminium products. Our windows and doors are designed to be durable, energy efficient, and low maintenance. With our fast lead times and expert installation services, we can help you transform your home with beautiful and functional windows and doors. Get in touch with our friendly team today for a free personalised quote or to discuss your requirements. We are here to help you make the right choice for your home.

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