How to Clean External Windows and Door Frames Correctly


Regular maintenance of your windows and doors clean doesn’t take much effort but it can save you money in the long term while increasing your property’s curb-appeal! A key and easy part of the maintenance is keeping them clean. Here’s our advice on how to clean everything from aluminium Crittall-style doors  to casement windows in Sussex.

Cleaning Products

If you’re using a commercial cleaner to do the job, make sure you do your research. Ensure it’s compatible with your window and door materials and also any varnish or paint that’s been added or you could end up with a bit of disaster! If you’re worried, a homemade cleaner is usually the safest option and just as effective. For most windows and doors, a little detergent mixed with warm water does the trick, and an added teaspoon of baking soda can be used as well. For glass windows, substitute the baking soda for a few tablespoons of white vinegar to remove smears and marks. Aluminium frames such as those on our aluminium Crittall-styles doors can sometimes need something stronger like white spirit to get rid of a build-up of grime.

Cleaning Doors and Frames

Before going in with your cleaning solution, give your doors and window frames a wipe down with a dry, soft cloth. This’ll help to prevent dust and dirt from causing muddy streaks when you add water, which you really don’t want! Then, soak a sponge in your cleaning solution and gently wipe away all the remaining dirt and marks before drying with a clean cloth. If you have any metal fixtures, be sure you clean these too with their recommended cleaners. For windows such as our casement windows in Sussex, be sure to get into all the little nooks and crannies where dirt can build up over time.

Cleaning Glass

When cleaning your glass, aim to do it when the weather is warm but overcast with no wind. This’ll help to stop your solution from drying too quickly and leaving unsightly streaks behind. When you have those perfect conditions, use a spray bottle to spray your cleaner over your windows before using a cloth or non-abrasive scrubber to clean away marks. Rinse with water and use a dry microfibre cloth or squeegee to dry your windows. Make sure you clean both sides for the best results and don’t be afraid to repeat the process for maximum shine!

Why to Avoid Pressure Washing

We at Wood and Wisdom aren’t big on using pressure washers as they can so easily cause damage, particularly to our timber window frames and doors. This is because you just can’t fully control them. Though some may come with pressure and temperature adjustments, that still doesn’t account for distance and how long you focus on a particular spot. Before you know it, you could have caused permanent damage to your timber! We believe a gentle hand will have much better results and help your windows to last, even if it does take a little longer.

If you have any questions about how to look after your doors and window frames, please contact us at Wood and Wisdom on 01444 819 127. We’re always happy to help!