How to Lubricate Window Hinges
Hinges play a crucial role in allowing for the smooth operation of windows. Over time, these hinges can become stiff or noisy due to a build-up of dirt, debris, dust or just purely a lack of lubrication. If you’re experiencing difficulty when you open or close your windows, or perhaps there is a squeaking sound when you try to, then it’s time you lubricate your window hinges. In this blog, we will guide you through the process of how to lubricate window hinges effectively.
Hinges are the components that enable a window to rotate or swing open. They give structural integrity and support to the frame of the windows, making sure it is accurately aligned and has a consistent motion.
Importance of Lubricating Window Hinges
In order to keep your window hinges working properly for as long as possible, it is important to make sure they are lubricated on a regular basis. This not only helps to reduce the stiffness of the hinges but it also protects against rust that can arise. As everyone knows, where there’s rust there’s corrosion. Lubrication is therefore an essential part of protecting your window hinges, yet many people have never done it and don’t even know how!
Tools and Equipment You Need
Before you begin lubricating your window hinges, gather the necessary tools and materials. You will need:
- Soft brush or cloth
- Mild detergent or window cleaner
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Steps on How to Lubricate Windows
Step 1: Cleaning the hinges
Start by cleaning the hinges to remove any build-up of debris that may have accumulated. Open your windows as wide as they will go then, using a soft brush or cloth, gently brush away until clear. If there is more stubborn filth, you can use a mild detergent or window cleaner to make those hinges shine. Then with a clean cloth wipe the solution away and ensure they are completely dry before proceeding.
Step 2: Choosing the right lubricant
When it comes to lubricating your window hinges, you should choose wisely. Popular options would be silicone sprays like WD-40. It’s best to stay clear from heavier oils or greases as those could accumulate more dirt and debris over the course of time. If you have new windows then you should have been instructed on how best to maintain your windows; so always follow their recommendations.
Step 3: Applying the lubricant
To ensure the smooth operation of the hinges, it is important to properly lubricate them. If your lubricant comes in a spray, then you can simply spray or let a few drops fall onto the hinge’s moving parts. If using a graphite powder, gently rub it onto all hinge points using a soft cloth.
Step 4: Operating the window to distribute the lubricant
Once the lubricant is applied, open and close the window repeatedly to allow it to spread out over the hinges. This will enable the lubricant to get into nooks and crannies, enabling a seamless motion. Should you spot any excess of the lubricant, simply wipe it off with a clean cloth.
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Lubricating window hinges is a simple yet essential maintenance task that ensures the smooth and hassle-free operation of your windows. Yet consistently window hinges are damaged due to improper maintenance. By following the step-by-step guide outlined in this article, you can easily lubricate your window hinges and prevent common issues such as stiffness, squeaking and perhaps sticking altogether.
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