The doors, windows, and shutters in your home require regular maintenance to last over time and to perform their functions to the best of their ability for a healthy, safe, comfortable, and ecologically responsible home. The Glass And Allied door and window pros can give you some tips on how to carry out this maintenance with peace of mind.
For personalized advice on the maintenance of your doors, windows, and shutters, have a checklist tailored to your home and your installations from Glass And Allied door and window pros.
Why maintain your doors, windows, and shutters?
The doors and windows in your home are key elements of your house. They protect you from noise, cold, bad weather, and intrusion. They play a major role in the aesthetic appearance of your home from the outside (and therefore in its heritage value).
Poorly maintained doors and windows quickly turn grey (or yellow, depending on the material) and lose their protective qualities. If, for example, you see paint cracking on a wooden window, you should be aware that it may no longer be protected against moisture. The wood may then swell and you will have to change your entire window!
It is therefore up to you to adopt the right habits now, depending on the materials that make up your windows and doors.
How do you maintain your windows and doors?
For an aluminium window or door
Simply wash with water, to which you should add a little mild detergent with a pH of between 5 and 8 (washing-up liquid or Marseille soap, for example). Remember to rinse well with clean water and wipe with a soft cloth. Avoid using abrasive sponges and chemicals containing chlorine or acetone.
Aluminium windows and doors should be cleaned at least twice a year if you live in a place subject to pollution (in the city, or near an industrial area) or near the sea, and once a year in other cases.
For a PVC window or door
Use a sponge soaked in water and white vinegar. If the window or door is very dirty, you can boost the effectiveness of your mixture by adding a little baking soda. Household methylated spirits are also very effective in removing stubborn stains.
Rinse thoroughly with clean water. This cleaning should be done once or twice a year, depending on exposure to external pollution.
Don't forget to check the condition of the window and door seals
These are what make the windows and doors air and watertight. They also play a very important role in the thermal and acoustic insulation of your home.
Do a test: open the window, place a sheet of paper over the seals and close it: you should not be able to remove the sheet. If the paper stays in your hand, it is time to change the seal.
How do you maintain your shutters?
Clean their slats with a sponge (without using the abrasive side), soapy water, and white vinegar. If the dirt is very encrusted, use household alcohol or a mixture of bicarbonate of soda, soapy water, and white vinegar. Next, dust the guide rails and lubricate them. This should be done every three years.
Think about the hardware of your doors or shutters. Twice a year, or as soon as you notice resistance, maintain the lock, hinges, all moving parts, and the closing points of doors and shutters by dusting and lubricating these parts with oil.
Be gentle with stainless steel handles, decorations, and accessories, which should not be attacked with abrasive products. Soapy water and a soft sponge (or even better, a chamois), possibly some glass cleaner, and that's it!