The natural beauty that wood windows add to a home is remarkable. The almost immediate warmth they bring to a room can make a big impact on the feel and look too. However, using a material like wood in the climate of Northern Virginia does require a certain amount of care to help ensure their longevity.
The benefit of wood windows is that they can last for a while as long as you’re doing your part to keep them properly cleaned and maintained. With this small number of tips you’ll have a great start on keeping your wood windows around for a while.
Cleaning wood surfaces
While it’s easy to remember to clean the inside of your windows, it’s equally as important to clean the outside. After all, that is the side that is typically subjected to the elements. Wood surfaces can attract dirt, dust and moisture over time. Cleaning the interior and exterior surfaces helps preserve the finish of your windows and helps to defend against deterioration.
Maintaining your wood windows can be as easy as wiping down the wood
surfaces with a soft, damp cloth. Not only does it remove the dirt and grime build-up, but keeps your windows looking better for a longer period of time. If there is dirt build-up over time, you can utilize warm, soapy water to clean, wiping away any residue with a damp cloth.
Where is it?
Based on the location of your windows, you may notice that there is a difference in wear and cleanliness. You should be able to really see the difference on the exterior, as weather patterns in Northern Virginia usually come and go in the same direction.
Whether you have painted or stained wood windows, there are a variety of treatment choices to help make sure that you get the most out of your windows. Using UV protected paint and stain help deter the effects of the sun and are helpful in keeping moisture away as well. It is recommended to do any initial treatment to your new or replacement windows within the first month of installation to get the highest benefit.
Wood windows can add so much to the character of your home, and keeping them maintained for their lifespan is doable for almost all homeowners. If you’re wondering what the best cleaning method or finish selection is for your home, feel free to stop by the Pella® showroom in Northern Virginia and talk with the staff at Pella Windows and Doors. There, you’ll be able to see a variety of options and combinations that can help you decide what works best for your home.