Maintenance of Timber

Belgravia Hardwood only use the finest timber that is sourced from sustainable resources. As our products are only as good as the timber we use, we pay extra attention to where our timber species come from. The timber species we offer are oak, Accoya and engineered hardwood which all boast protective features against moisture and harsh temperature fluctuations.

Although we only use the best quality timber, the timber window and door need to be cleaned and maintained to prolong their life and keep their original aesthetic. We have put together the following guidelines to help you look after your timber windows and doors both internally and externally.

Cleaning

From time to time you will need to clean superficial dirt from the timber window and door frames and also the glass. To clean the timber, simply use a soft cloth with a warm water and mild detergent solution to wipe away any surface dirt. To minimise streaking while cleaning, start from the top of the window or door and work your way down to the bottom. Once you have finished cleaning with the detergent solution, wipe the timber again with clean water to remove excess detergent from the timber.

To reduce damage to the timber and the finish applied to the surface, ensure that no abrasive tools are used that could scratch the surface of the window or door frames. Detergents should be gentle and not contain beach that could affect the finish of the timber.

When cleaning timber it’s important to remember that water can cause damage to the product, so it’s important that detergents and water are not left saturating the timber. When the windows and door are clean ensure that an excess water is wiped away to leave the timber dry.

Checking for damage

During the cleaning process we recommend that your simultaneously check for signs of damage to the external coated surfaces, such as cracks. Cracks in the paintwork will allow water to penetrate the timber which would cause rot after prolonged exposure.

If there are signs or damage to the coating of the timber, there are a few remedial solutions which are:

  • If the surface has been damaged by abrasion, gently remove the signs of damage by manually abrading the damaged area with an appropriate tool or material such as a sanding cloth. Ensure that work is carried out in the direction of the grain and that all dust is removed from the timber window or door upon completion.
  • It’s then recommended that the timber is recoated with a fresh protective coating to ensure the timber is resealed and minimise further damage from moisture or harsh weather.
  • If denibbing is required, use a fine grade hand pad (such as Scotch-Brite™) and gently sand the surface of the timber coating, then apply a new layer of the original coating to bring the surface finish back to new.

Refinishing and repainting

If the surface of the timber has become worn over the years, after many hot summers and cold winters, then the timber may require refinishing and repainting. To restore the coating of the timber, make sure the timber windows and doors have been thoroughly cleaned so that no dirt or deposits are on the surface. Using a gently abrasive tool or sanding cloth, simply sand away any cracked or flacking paint.

Once the surface has been smoothed off, repaint the entire exterior of the window or door frame using a paint recommended by Belgravia Hardwood. Choose an appropriate day for repainting as you will need to allow adequate time for the paint to dry, this will need to be a dry day with a mild temperature.

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Maintenance for Ironmongery

The closing mechanisms for the timber windows and doors will require maintenance as well as the timber. The moving parts will occasionally require greasing to ensure the windows and doors continue to operate smoothly.

For project specific advice about the maintenance of your timber products, simply speak to a member of the Belgravia Hardwood team who will offer you advice and recommendation on the best way to look after your timber glazing.

With years of experience in the supply and installation of timber framed windows and doors we can offer a tailored service to each client. Whether you are a homeowner or an architect; our experienced team can help advise on the best solution for your project.