In the 17th Century, Robert Hooke, a famous natural philosopher, architect and polymath, invented the first double-hung windows to meet the demand for larger windows. This window style quickly became a go-to option in residential properties and has remained so for centuries thanks to its versatile design..
As with other replacement windows, double-hung windows need regular upkeep to perform as expected. Here’s how to maintain your double-hung windows.
1. Maintenance During Fall and Spring
You should inspect and clean your windows before and after winter, as windows (along with other exterior components of your home) tend to experience the most wear and tear during this particular season. Try to clear your windows of dirt and debris or better yet, hire trained professionals do it for you.
2. Glass Care
Avoid using harsh cleaning materials that could damage the seals of your windows. Use microfiber cloths to keep the glass shiny and streak-free. Vacuum the frame, sill and sash first before cleaning the glass to avoid creating a muddy mess.
3. Double-Hung Windows That Are Stuck Shut
Inspect the channels where the lower sash slides past the upper. Use lube with wax to get your double hung windows working. Dust and grime may also accumulate in the sash channel. To remove the debris, scrub the area with a soft-bristled brush soaked in warm, soapy water.
Old double-hung windows aren’t as durable as their more recent counterparts. Consider a double-hung window replacement if you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency, functionality and aesthetics.
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