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Summer Home Maintenance Tips

How much maintenance does your joinery need to keep it looking as good as new?

We say that a little bit of care and effort on a regular basis will go a long way to extending the lifespan of your joinery. Which is why we have created this handy maintenance checklist below, to help you to care for your joinery.

1. Wash Down Paintwork

Use warm, soapy water, and a bucket and sponge to wash down all paintwork. Then, remove excess water with a soft microfibre cloth.

DO NOT: Use hosepipes or jet washers.

Why? To prolong the finish of your paintwork. Washing your joinery 3 or 4 times a year can add 10-12 more years before the need to repaint.

How? It keeps it clear of any destructive organisms. We recommend that the extended silicone glazing caulking is also cleaned at this time with a wet wipe.

2. Wipe Rain Sensors

If you have a Westbury Roof Lantern with automatic rain sensors, we recommend just wiping over the front face with either a wet wipe or dampened cloth.

TIP: If there’s any issues with your control panel, reset it by simply switching it off and on again.

Why? This is to ensure that the sensor can still accurately sense rain and closes the vents with the first drop of rain.

How? Over time dust and debris can build up on the rain sensor and form a layer that reduces its sensitivity. Removing this dirt will allow the sensor to be more sensitive to the rain.

3. Seasonal Adjustments to Folding Doors

Check the drainage grooves and track are allowing water to drain. Then adjust doors where necessary, particularly after the warmer weather.

Why? The drainage grooves/track need to be clear to prevent sitting water from being absorbed by the jambs over time. All doors are made to allow for seasonal adjustments as they are pushed and pulled about throughout the year. By making these adjustments your doors won’t be damaged and will maintain a smooth closing motion.

How? The adjustment mechanism in the doors changes their positioning ever so slightly. So that you can ensure everything lines up exactly and won’t clamber together, which can result in damage over time.

4. Clean Door Hinges & Ironmongery

Using a wet wipe, clean all hinges and ironmongery. You can also add some WD40 to kitchen roll and wipe over the hinges.

Why? To keep the ironmongery sparkling, looking their best, and prevent hinges from creaking.

How? A lack of lubrication in hinges, or build-up of dirt and dust, can cause the metal surfaces to rub together, which creates friction and makes an creaky sound.

5. Stain Thresholds

Clean down the thresholds and allow them to dry completely. Then use any hardwood stainer, following the application method advised.

Why? Stained hardwood thresholds will only be protected for 3-5 years (if you’re lucky). By keeping on top of staining, your thresholds will remain protected and in excellent condition.

How? Thresholds are high-traffic areas, prone to knocks, dings and scuffs. They’re also exposed to the elements externally and are designed to take quite a beating over time. Staining the hardwood will form a barrier to protect it for any wear and tear.

We’re Here to Help…

If you encounter any issues, such as a door having difficulty closing, an issue with locking your door(s), or you’d like to purchase one of our Teknos Cleaning Kits and/or some hardwood stain. Please use the button below to contact our team who will be able to assist.

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