How to Make Older Windows Easier to Open & Close
Old windows can be difficult to open and close, especially if they have not been maintained over the years, as well as they perhaps could have been.
One way to make sure your windows function as best as possible is by using beeswax. Beeswax is a natural, non-toxic substance that can be used to lubricate and protect the moving parts of old windows, making them easier to operate.
Here are some steps you can follow to use beeswax to help old windows open and close more easily:
- Clean the windows: Before applying beeswax, it’s important to clean the windows thoroughly. Use a soft brush or cloth to remove any dirt or debris from the tracks and frames. You may also want to use a vacuum cleaner to remove any loose debris.
- Apply the beeswax: Once the windows are clean, you can begin applying the beeswax. You can use a solid block of beeswax or a mixture of beeswax and other natural ingredients, such as coconut oil or olive oil. Simply rub the wax onto the tracks and frames of the window, making sure to cover all the moving parts.
- Work the wax into the tracks: After applying the beeswax, you’ll need to work it into the tracks of the window. You can do this by sliding the window back and forth a few times, or by using a small brush or cloth to work the wax into the grooves. Make sure to apply enough wax to lubricate the tracks, but not so much that it will attract dirt and debris.
- Clean up any excess wax: After working the wax into the tracks, you may notice some excess wax on the window frames. Use a clean cloth to wipe away any excess wax, making sure to leave a thin layer on the tracks.
- Test the window: Finally, test the window to see if it’s operating smoothly. If it’s still difficult to open or close, you may need to apply more wax or use a different lubricant. You may also need to make some repairs to the window, such as replacing broken hardware, or adjusting the alignment of the sashes.
Here are some additional tips to keep in mind when using beeswax to help old windows open and close:
- Beeswax is a natural substance that can be used safely on most types of windows, including wood, vinyl, and metal. However, you should test a small area first to make sure there are no adverse reactions.
- If you’re using a mixture of beeswax and other natural ingredients, make sure to use a high-quality beeswax that is free from additives or contaminants.
- Beeswax can attract dust and debris over time, so it’s important to clean the windows regularly to prevent buildup.
- If you’re applying wax to a window that has been painted, be careful not to get any wax on the paint. It can be difficult to remove and may damage the finish.
- If you’re unsure about how to properly maintain your old windows, it’s always best to consult with a professional. They can offer advice on the best methods and materials to use, as well as provide repairs and maintenance services if needed.
Beeswax can be a simple and effective way to help old windows open and close more easily. By following these steps and taking the proper precautions, you can ensure that your windows will function properly for years to come.
About Tom Lopatosky
Tom Lopatosky has run his own RI-based painting and repair business since 1995; LOPCO Contracting – the “Personable, Particular Professionals” – specializes in exterior & interior painting and carpentry. Recently LOPCO Contracting was named ‘RI’s Finest Painting Contracting Company’ by ShopInRI Magazine. In 2013, Tom was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) and a “40 Under 40” award winner by Providence Business News. He is a member of both PCA (Painting Contractors Association) and RIBA (Rhode Island Builders Association). Tom has often had weekly ‘Home Improvement Tips’ that have aired on the radio on 630 WPRO AM and on television on WPRI 12. You can catch Tom LIVE on the radio EVERY Saturday, 2pm-3pm, on 630 WPRO AM (99.7 FM) during his weekly ProTalk Home Improvement Radio Show!