How to Clean Wood Windows

October 10, 2010

While there are a number of window materials readily available to today's homeowner, traditional wood windows are still a popular choice. Though an attractive option, wood can degrade over time while water seepage can cause mold to build-up along the edges. Properly cleaning them on a regular basis not only keeps them beautiful, but also preserve them. Here's a primer on how to clean wood windows safely.

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Clean Wood Windows in 5 Easy Steps

The following instructions can help you clean both the inside and outside of your wood windows. You may need to repeat the process with especially stubborn mold or grime.

  1. Wipe your windows with a soft, clean, dry cloth. This removes dust and other debris from the surface.
  2. Apply a wood-safe window cleaner. Commercial products are available that are designed specifically to remove mold, but you can also use Lysol or a bleach solution.
  3. Allow solution to sit for 20 minutes, or for the amount of time indicated in the product's instructions.
  4. Thoroughly clean solution from wood using a wet cloth.
  5. Dry window thoroughly to prevent more mold build-up.

Ensure a healthy home environment by resealing or replacing wood windows that have a persistent mold problem.

How to Clean Wood Windows on Multi-Story Homes

Some modern windows open from both the top or the bottom, or disengage entirely from the frame, which allows you to easily (and safely) clean them from your second story. If this isn't an option for you, invest in a good ladder or consider hiring a professional window cleaner. Never spray your second story windows with a garden hose from the ground--this can cause water seepage, mold, and rot.

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