Good quality, double glazed windows installed by a professional firm undoubtedly make a worthwhile investment for your home or business. Double glazing makes your premises more secure, reduces your energy bills by trapping heat inside during cold weather, keeps you cosy by preventing draughts, and reduces the likelihood of damage to your window dressings by cutting out condensation. You can keep your double glazed windows looking good and working as efficiently as possible by carrying out a few small maintenance chores. Here are few helpful tips to help keep your double glazed units in tip-top order.
Maintaining your window frames
If your new double glazed windows are fitted into sliding frames with friction hinges, it's important that you keep the slide tracks clear of debris and dirt, so that the windows open and close smoothly. All you need to do is wipe the tracks clean of dirt using a damp cloth. It is not necessary to lubricate the track itself to improve running; simply adjust the friction screw in the frame, being careful not to over-tighten it.
If your double glazed windows are the hinged variety, you can keep them operating smoothly by applying a small amount of silicone-based lubricant, which you'll find in good DIY stores. Don't use oil, as this can run down through the frame and damage the window seals.
The window frames will become dirty over time, both inside and out. All you need to do to keep the frames clean and tidy is to wipe them over using clean, warm water and a soft, clean cloth.
Maintaining your double glazed windows
When it comes to cleaning your new windows, you might be tempted to do so using washing-up liquid and water. However, washing-up liquid can cause degradation and damage to the window seals, leading to leaks, and condensation build-up between the panes of glass.
Never clean your windows using abrasive cleaning products, scrubbing pads or steel wool, as this could cause scratches and damage to the glass. For best results, always use a proprietary cream window cleaning solution and soft cloths to apply and remove it. Follow up by spritzing the glass with a solution of white vinegar and water to add shine, wipe the glass dry to get rid of any streaks, and then buff up with a soft cloth or a duster.
Double glazed windows don't need much maintenance to keep them looking good and working smoothly. Follow the guidelines given above to enjoy problem-free double glazed windows that should last you a lifetime.
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