Double-hung windows is highly popular. You can commonly find them in most traditional homes and some modern homes. Aluminium double hung windows (more info here) are quite popular among our customers in Sydney.
A double-hung window features two movable sashes, an upper sash, and a lower sash. The sashes slide independent of each other. They’re designed to allow for easier window cleaning.
However, opening both sashes for cleaning purposes may be challenging if you don’t know how to go about it. This guide will assist you in how to open both sashes and close them for easier cleaning.
First, remove any insect screen that may be attached to the window.
Next, unlock the bottom sash. Once unlocked, raise it 2-3 inches high.
Clean or vacuum the bottom window sill.
Hold the sash releases or tilt latches. Slide the latches inward as you pull them toward you. In case the window doesn’t have latches, grip the right jamb liner and push it toward the wall. At the same time, pull the top window sash corner. Next, grip the left jamb liner and repeat the procedure.
Next, tilt the bottom window to make it rest on the bottom sash. You can position a stool or chair near the window sill to assist in supporting the window after tilting it.
Slide the top sash downward to a level where you can easily reach the topmost section of the sash or to a level where it sits slightly above the bottom window sash.
Slide the top sash lower to make it rest on the bottom sash such that it becomes fully open.
Mix water (one gallon) with vinegar (2-3 tablespoons) and use the mixture to clean the outer glass surface of the top window sash. You can also clean the glass with plain water. However, a mixture of water and vinegar can remove stubborn stains.
Mix water and detergent (mild option) and use the mixture to wipe the window frame. Get some paper towels or a piece of cloth (lint-free material) or a squeegee to dry the window.
Lift the top window sash and rotate it carefully until you feel it has clicked into place. Avoid using excessive force as you might it force it beyond its original position. You may have to push in the lashes while lifting and rotating the top sash.
Next, push the top sash downward just a little bit. Next, lift it carefully until it slides into its closed position. Pushing the top sash downward assists in re-engaging the sash balance. In case you fail to re-engage it, the top sash may end up falling and break the glass pane.
Once again, mix water (one gallon) with vinegar (2-3 tablespoons) and use the mixture to clean the outer glass surface of the bottom window sash. You can also use plain water. Dry the window with paper towels or cloth (lint-free) or a squeegee.
Next, wipe the jamb liner and the frame of the lower sash with water and detergent (mild option).
Next, lift the top sash and rotate it carefully until you feel it has clicked into place. Then slide it into its closed position. You may have to push in the lashes while lifting and rotating the top sash.
Mix water (1 gallon) with vinegar (2-3 tablespoons) and use the mixture to clean the inner glass surface. Dry the window with paper towels or cloth (lint-free) or a squeegee.