Wood is one of the most beautiful materials you can use in your home. Whether your entire home is made of wood or you’re using the material to strike a brilliant contrast, installing wood windows is one of the best ways to incorporate wood into your home. Wood window frames look stunning, but make no mistake: You’ll need to do a fair amount of maintenance work in order to keep them looking that way. Since wood is a more sensitive material than vinyl or aluminum, you won’t just need to keep your new windows Norfolk clean and tidy. You’ll also need to use the right ingredients and care practices in order to avoid damaging your window frames. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it sounds. As long as you know what to do (and what not to do) you’ll have no trouble at all keeping your wood windows and blinds looking fabulous all year long.
Use the Right Cleaning Products
Wood is a sensitive, porous material. That means that you can’t simply spray Windex and expect it to look polished and perfect. Using an all-purpose cleaner certainly won’t do much harm, but it might not do a whole lot of good, either, especially if you use too much product and don’t use a stain afterward. Since food can be temperamental and shouldn’t be exposed to too much moisture, using dry ingredients to clean and disinfect can be a better way to fight germs. You can also use a wood-specific cleaner like Murphy’s Wood Oil that’s created to treat wood without stripping it of its protective layer. You’ll also want to use gentle scrubbing tools if you’re treating a spot or stain. Anything too abrasive could end up damaging the wood.
Before you go at it with a scrubber and cleaning solution, always dust your windows. With wood frames, dust can easily attach to the small grooves and divets in the design and start building up, creating a greasy, dirty layer that’s hard to tackle. Dusting at least once a week is hugely important to maintaining your wood window’s health, that is, if you don’t want to spend all your time scrubbing away at a dirty, dusty surface. Using a duster that effectively locks and traps dust in its fibers will also help minimize your cleaning time by helping actually get rid of dust rather than spreading it around. After you’ve dusted, don’t forget to vacuum. Even if you have a great duster, chances are some of that dust probably settled on the floor.
Do a thorough job when vacuuming the area around your windows. Since we tend to focus on the middle of a room where the highest foot traffic is, we often end up neglecting the area where dust, dirt, and allergens end up creeping in and settling. Again, vacuuming the area at least once a week will help minimize this. It will also keep you from spreading dust around and clogging up your airways. Always dust first and vacuum later. If you’re going to sand a certain damaged part of your window, you should also wait until finishing the job before you bring out the vacuum.
Don’t be intimidated by sanding tools. If you have an older window that’s showing signs of decay, you should start by taking a look at what might be causing the issue. Are your windows properly weatherproofed? Are you creating a too-humid environment inside your home? Perhaps your window has simply seen better days and it’s looking a little beat up. This doesn’t mean you should throw the whole thing out. To treat a rough-looking area, rent a sanding tool and shave off the offensive part. You can then apply paint or a new wood stain over it, and your window will look good as new.
Stain and Treat
Wood stain doesn’t just make wood look pretty. It actually helps to protect and preserve the material for longer. You can also use different stain types to create different colors, no matter what the original material looks like. If you want your window to look darker to disguise knots and imperfections, choosing a darker stain could help give your frame a more polished appearance. Staining doesn’t have to be done often, but it’s nice to give your windows a new coat every few years to keep things looking fresh. If you decide to sand off a part of your window, you should definitely follow up with a new stain coat.