Sash windows are a more traditional design compared to top or side-opening windows. They are often found in older properties but can look good on more modern homes too. Due to the unique design of sash windows, whereby the panels slide up and down on a pulley system, as opposed to opening via a hinge, you need to tackle the cleaning side of things a bit differently. Read on for some useful tips on how to keep your sash windows nice and clean.
Cleaning Timber Sash Windows
Most older sash windows are made from timber. These require a bit more effort to keep clean compared to newer, UPVC models. If you have double-hung sash windows and you want them sparkling so you can admire your folding sun lounger on the manicured lawn outside, you need to do the following.
Use a small brush to remove loose debris from inside the window frame. If you have a vacuum cleaner handy, this will be helpful to get rid of any remaining dirt. Grab a bucket of hot, soapy water and wipe down the inside of the frames. Pull each sash window down so you can access every section of the frame.
Next, clean the glass panels using a soft cloth. Adding some white vinegar to the water will ensure your glass is streak-free, so that cheap garden furniture set on the patio looks suitably impressive in the sunshine.
Repeat the exercise on the outside of your windows and be careful to look for any signs of timber rot or degradation of the cords inside the casement. If you do spot any damage, it may be possible to fill any small areas of rot using some good-quality wood filler, but if the integrity of the window has been compromised, call a joiner to come and replace the worst sections.
How to Clean UPVC Sash Windows
Thankfully, UPVC sash windows are usually easier to clean because they operate differently. Whereas traditional sash windows slide up and down on a cord mechanism, UPVC sash windows tilt inwards or outwards, depending on the individual design. This ensures all parts of the window are readily accessible when you want to clean them.
Once you have opened your sash windows, follow the steps above to remove dead insects and debris, wipe down the frames, and clean the glass.
Pay attention to any defective parts of your sash windows. If the hinges are stiff or the windows are not aligned correctly when closed, so you can feel a draft, call the original installer to adjust them or consider replacing older windows for more energy-efficient windows.
Be Careful when Cleaning Sash Windows
While cleaning the inside of sash windows is something most people can do without much effort, be very careful when attempting to clean exterior windows. Upper-level windows should only be cleaned if you have a ladder and someone to assist. Don’t try hanging out of the window to clean the external areas; it’s dangerous.