Christmas is just around the corner and you’ll no doubt want to start getting out your Christmas decorations soon. However, before you start placing candelabras on your window sills and fixing fairy lights around your window frames, you need to do a bit of prep: cleaning!

Whilst it’s probably your least favourite house chore, it’s one of those things that you just have to get done. Knowing how to clean window frames and sills properly may not be something you’re familiar with, so we’ve put together a guide to help you. Not only will you be able to have them looking good for Christmas, but it’ll keep them in good condition for longer too.

What You’ll Need

If you thought cleaning your window frames involved soapy water and a sponge, that’s where you’re going wrong. To do a good job you’ll need:

  • Microfibre cloths
  • A scrubbing brush
  • A sponge
  • A bucket
  • Washing up liquid
  • Rubber gloves
  • UPVC cream cleaner

How to Clean:

Painted Wooden Sills & Frames

You can wash these down with warm soapy water. Simply add washing up liquid to warm water and wipe your sills and frames with a sponge or cloth. Sounds easy, right? Well, that’s because it is.

Be sure to wipe and dry your sills and frames with a soft cloth after you have washed them to avoid them looking muddy from the wet dirt accumulated.

If the paintwork is in a poor condition, you will need to brush away the loose paint after cleaning; this will prepare the surfaces for the new paint.

Wood & Aluminium Sills & Frames

Aluminium windows tend to have varnished wooden or aluminium frames, which means you can wash them using warm water and a touch of washing up liquid. However, if they’re particularly dirty, these frames need to be cleaned with a solvent cleaner such as white spirit to completely remove the dirt.

UPVC Window Sills & Frames

These sills and frames will need to be cleaned with warm water and a little washing up liquid, using a microfibre cloth. Use UPVC cream cleaner to remove any remaining marks; this will effectively lift weathered stains and grime from your UPVC sills and frames.

Learning how to clean window frames and sills properly means they will last that much longer and you get to see if any need repairing, repainting or replacing.

So, now you know how to successfully clean your window sills and frames ahead of putting up festive decorations, but are your windows too dirty to rescue? If they are, you may want to think about replacing them before friends and family visit over the Christmas period.

At Heath Windows, we have a range of styles, including UPVC sliding sash windows. Be sure to take a look at our various designs today and find the perfect windows for your home.