Sash windows are a period property favourite and can be found in most heritage styles, as well as modern homes. As lovers of property, both old and new, we know all the best tips and tricks to keep your home looking its best. Sash windows are notoriously difficult to maintain, especially if they’re the originals. That’s why we’ve put together a few handy hints to keep yours in top condition.

Timber sash windows

For the traditionalists amongst you, timber sash windows are a must-have period feature. Whilst these do add a certain heritage charm, they tend to cause problems for period homeowners. Rotting and swelling are the most common issues those with timber sash windows run into. But, with the right care, these issues are easily avoidable.

How to care for them:

  • Silicon spray and beeswax polish are the best things you can use to clean your frames and keep wood healthy. Steer clear of oil-based lubricants at all costs!
  • Keep sashes and exterior frames clean and free from contamination. Aim to clean them a few times a year with water and a mild detergent (to avoid damaging any paint work).
  • Check window frames every year for flaky or cracked paint. A simple lick of modern paint will help to waterproof the frames and keep the damp, rot and draughts out.

PVC sash windows

More modern homes commonly feature PVC sash windows, rather than timber frames. Whilst these are often used as a cheaper, lower maintenance substitute for wooden windows, they aren’t recyclable and tend to be less energy efficient. They are, however, much easier to clean and maintain; most have a tilting function, for easy access to every single part of the sash.

How to care for them:

  • Keeping the external frames clean is, again, a must. PVC is a magnet for dust, debris, dead insects, mould and old cleaning products. This leaves them looking less than perfect. Clean them at least once a month, with soapy water, to remove impurities.
  • PVC solvent cleaner is also a great investment, to get rid of any stubborn dirty spots.

If you need any more advice, Nutshell are here to help, and we’re always delighted to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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