Have you been dealing with sticky windows and don’t know where to turn? Perhaps you didn’t know you could prevent this with some simple DIY.
Here at Ventrolla we treat existing wooden sash windows to remove any rot and improve operation, but we thought we would share some handy hints and tips to help maintain those sashes before the experts need to move in:
- Firstly, you should check that the sash isn’t just painted closed. Take a utility knife and, very carefully, score along the top of the sash and the upper window frame. If the sash still doesn’t open then continue with the following steps.
- Check there is nothing hindering the sash anywhere else. Take your utility knife and score around the whole sash and casing. Now try to wiggle the window. It may help to use the knife at the same time, sliding the knife between the sash and top to try and free it. Again, if this doesn’t help proceed with the following steps.
- You now need to try unsticking the sash from the outside and check no exterior paint is hindering movement. Use your utility knife between areas that don’t move freely. And remember, ground floor only.
- Providing this has worked, you will be able to see the inner window tracks. Check for any blockages, carefully sand the area and without getting it on the brush pile, apply wax to keep things moving smoothly.
These points mostly cover painted shut windows, but what if humidity is the problem? This is where simple home appliances will come in useful to help with swelling.
- Set a hair dryer to a low heat and aim it at the sash and window frame, indoors.
- As the window dries out, wiggle it until it moves freely.
- Now just clean out the tracks and again being careful not to get it on the brush pile, rub wax in the tracks to keep the window moving freely.
Some further points:-
If some of the paint feels chunky or you notice other obstructions carefully use sand paper to stop this becoming a problem.
Keep the tracks free from dirt and debris to keep the window operating smoothly.
In the summer months, the combined heat and paint on your windows mean they are likely to swell.
To find out more and to request a free, no-obligation window condition survey and report, call Ventrolla on 0800 0277 454 or visit the sash windows renovation page on our website.