Repairs, renovation, or redecorating is a time when you need to secure the appliances, furniture, and other movables. You also should remember about protecting your windows. This is crucial if you want to extend their lifetime.
Paint, plaster, and dust have a detrimental effect on window functionality. Therefore, their thorough protection during renovation or construction works is necessary to avoid accidental damage.
Before you start securing windows, get hold of all the necessary materials. Contrary to what you may think, these are not very expensive materials at all. You will need a lot of protective foil and paper sticky tape that does not leave a sticky residue and easily comes off the surfaces. Optionally, you can also use replacement window handles which you will use to open windows. We recommend dismantling your regular handles and use the so-called working handles – in case you damage them during renovation, that will not be a big issue at all.
Once you have all the needed materials for securing the windows, it’s time to start. If the works are to be carried out after fitting new windows, remove the original protective foil from their surface. Manufacturers recommend removing this protection immediately after fitting the windows or within 3-4 weeks. In fact, you are not able to predict how long the works will take and whether they will be finalised on time. If the works take longer than expected, the foil may stick to the windows due to high temperature, and the adhesive will become difficult to remove. The next step before securing the windows is to clean them. Clean the panes, profiles, and fittings. The last thing you need to do is protect your windows from damage.
Securing windows is not difficult but it requires precision and patience. First, remove the elements that can be dismantled, that is blinds or covers, optionally handles. Then cover the windows and profiles with protective foil and stick it to the window using the paper tape. Also, cover the fittings tightly. They are very susceptible to dust and should be strictly covered. If you are securing a sliding door, remember to cover the sill, the sill rail, and the running gear.
During the renovation, check from time to time whether the foil covering the windows has not been accidentally damaged. Unfortunately, this happens quite often. If the foil becomes damaged, re-secure the window. The torn foil will not protect your windows from dust. Remember that properly secured windows can guarantee that they will be in great condition for many years.
After the renovation work is completed, do not put off cleaning windows until later. You should know that even the best safety measures could fail. Even though you try very hard, you can miss some foil breakage and some unwanted plaster or paint might end up on your windows. The less time has passed since this, the easier it will be to remove the contamination. Carefully remove the foil from the windows and gently peel off the paper tape. Clean the windows with a soft cloth dampened in water and a mild detergent, e.g. dishwashing liquid. You can also use one of the window cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer. Remember to clean the holes and slots responsible for venting and draining from dust and dirt, including the fittings. You can also use compressed air to clean hard-to-reach places. You can buy compressed air cleaners in most industrial shops.
You can follow the above tips to secure any type of windows: aluminum, wooden, and PVC. Be very careful and meticulous when attaching the protective foil with tape – it will pay off. Remember that haste makes waste. It’s worth spending more time carefully securing your windows, than waste it later on cleaning them or, worse, risking expensive repair or replacement of entire windows.