Stained glass windows are more than just decorative elements; they’re an exquisite blend of art and history. Each piece has the capability to tell a story, reflect light in a unique way, or add character to a space.
But, like any artwork, stained glass requires care and attention to remain vibrant and intact over the years. Here are some tips to ensure your stained glass stays as breathtaking as the day it was installed:
Keep it Clean, But Gently
Dirt, dust, and smudges can accumulate over time. While it might be tempting to give it a rigorous scrub, remember these windows are delicate. Use a soft, lint-free cloth, lightly dampened, to gently wipe the surface. For those stubborn spots, try a mixture of mild soap and warm water. Always test on a small inconspicuous area first. And avoid any harsh chemicals or abrasive pads which might scratch or damage the glass. And if you’ve recently purchased an older piece, remember that it may contain lead, so it’s likely safest to take it to a professional.
Over time, the lead or metal framework holding the pieces of glass together might deteriorate. It’s a good practice to inspect your stained-glass window periodically. Look for signs of bulging, cracks, or gaps. If you notice any, it might be time for some professional repair or restoration.
Protect it From External Factors
If your stained-glass window faces the direct onslaught of harsh sunlight, consider adding a vented storm window with a color-true, protective UV coating. Not only will this prevent fading, but it’ll also add an extra layer of protection against external elements. Similarly, for those living in areas with strong winds or hail, consider installing a protective storm window on the exterior side of the stained glass to protect it from potential damage. Both of these solutions will reduce noise and heat loss. There are a variety of window films available to help you accomplish this goal.
By following these tips, you can ensure this beautiful art remains a part of your space for generations to come. So, whether you’re looking to add new stained glass to your space or need repair work on the stained glass you have now, it’s time to call the experts at Annapurna Stained Glass. We’re here to guide you every step of the way. Just give us a call at 206-525-0777 today!