Regular maintenance will help keep your windows and doors operating smoothly. Download and use this checklist as an annual maintenance reminder.
- Make sure the weatherstrip is still effective. Look for gaps or light shining through. Keep weatherstrip clean of dirt and grit for proper seal. Wash with mild soap and water, rinse with clear water and wipe dry.
- For scuff marks on painted finishes, use mild liquid cleanser, rinse with clear water and wipe dry.
- Examine the window's interior and exterior finishes. Occasional repair to a damaged finish may be necessary.
- Don’t let paints, stains and varnishes come in contact with the weatherstrip. Solvents can damage the weatherstrip’s performance.
- Trim any old, loose caulking and seal any gaps with an appropriate, high quality caulk.
- Occasionally, an excess of silicone sealant, called “squeeze-out,” appears around the edge of the glass. You can safely scrape off “squeeze-out” with a plastic putty knife without damaging the weather-tightness of your window or door.
- Make sure all exposed hardware screws are tightened securely. Apply a dry lubricant to the windows’ gears to keep them operating smoothly.
- Clean sand, dirt or dust from door and window hinges, sills and tracks.
- Check energy panels and storm and screen combinations to make sure screws and turn buttons are securely fastened.
- Check doors for smooth operation.
- Lightly oil hinges with 3 in 1 oil as needed. Wipe off excess.
- Much like sterling silver, even the finest brass will react naturally to the elements surrounding it. To maintain, polish with a nonabrasive automotive or furniture wax. By keeping your hardware cleaned and maintained you will be rewarded with a long-lasting finish.
Note: Wood doors require a stabilization period after installation, sometimes taking up to a year to adjust to humidity levels and other environmental factors.