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How do you clean the outside of sash windows?

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tostaky Mon 20-May-13 07:22:34

Title says it all... We've got the 1st and 2nd floor of the house....

quoteunquote Mon 20-May-13 12:38:56

either get a window cleaner, with the specialist equipment,

or wait until the local hire company have an offer weekend, and hire a scaffolding tower, very easy to erect ( the new ones are very light and cleverly designed)

or get your children to put their climbing harness on and let them belay each other up and down the outside of the house for a treat in exchange for doing the gutters and windows while they are there (my preferred option) as getting my scaffold towers over to my house means emptying my van, bringing it here, and then back to workshop, and a re load of tools.

My hire company will deliver and pick up a full tower, for £20(trade), you build them safely from the inside.

NotGoodNotBad Mon 20-May-13 15:24:00

Are they wooden? If so you may have an opening system so the bottom sash can be swung inwards - if not you might be able to alter the windows to fit such a system.

Like this or this. It's a bit of work but you can then clean them when you like, and paint them from the inside too.

AlbertaCampion Mon 20-May-13 15:25:54

...Or do it the old-fashioned way. Open window. Sit on window ledge with back to street. Pin down legs by pulling sash window down. Scrub. wink

tostaky Mon 20-May-13 19:11:47

Yes they are wooden but no swinging mechanism....
If you lift a window then how do you do the top bit?
How many times a year do people do the outside of their window? Once? Twice? Every other months?

EffieTheDuck Mon 20-May-13 19:14:37

There are magnetic window cleaning gadgets but I don't know how good they are.

NotGoodNotBad Mon 20-May-13 21:15:32

When we had a 2nd floor flat we had the swinging-in mechanisms, and did the top panes with a longish pole. Now we have a 2-storey house and a window cleaner with a ladder and no fear of heights.

treesntrees Mon 20-May-13 22:45:29

same as alberta here. Do bottom pane/s first then pull upper frame down and do that. It was a frequent sight in my mother's childhood with one woman having a conversation with a neighbour who was doing the same thing. Obviously the more frequently you do it the easier it is as the glass wont get very dirty.

NotGoodNotBad Tue 21-May-13 08:37:14

Everywhere I've lived has had the top panes painted shut for draughts.

tostaky Sat 25-May-13 22:03:38

How do you do the top of the bottom pane (outside)?
I've tried but I can't do it, the top pane is in the way....

tostaky Sat 25-May-13 22:04:56

What should I look for to check if they have the swinging mechanism? Would it be obvious? Or is it hidden?

NotGoodNotBad Sat 25-May-13 22:22:46

If you have the swinging mechanism the most obvious sign is two slotted hinges on one side of the frame, looking like this. On the window there would be two screws a bit lower down. On the opposite side there would be a removable batten on the frame (usually screwed in place).

To operate, you fold the hinges back against the frame, slide up the window, open the hinges and then lower the window so the screws on the window go into the slots of the hinges. Then you unscrew the batten on the opposite side and pull the window towards you. There will also be a way of taking off the sash coard at that side once the window is pulled inwards.

They are very common in Scotland, but I don't think they are so common elsewhere.

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