Bi-fold doors can transform your living space by allowing more natural light, making it feel more spacious, and effectively connecting your indoor and outdoor spaces. Their practical functionality has made them a popular choice for many homeowners, with them being used the most during the summer months when the garden is much more in demand. As summer approaches and your sliding doors are likely to be opening and closing a lot more, there are a few ways that you can make sure bi-folds are in the best condition possible, so that you can make the most of them all summer long.

Cleaning your bi-fold tracks

As your bi-folding doors slide up and down the tracks to open and close smoothly, it is important to keep the tracks as clean as possible. Whilst having these open during the day, it is possible that small stones, dirt, or any other debris could fall into the gaps on the tracks. If you attempt to close your doors with these obstructions in the way, it could cause them to get caught and damage the door or tracks, so you should keep these clear of any blockages to avoid having to arrange folding door repairs.

Cleaning the frames of your wooden bi-folds

Deep cleaning the frames of your bi-folds is a worthwhile activity, as it can ensure they will last for years to come. It is advisable to first remove dust from around the frames using a soft, non-abrasive cloth or feather duster. Then use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe away any of the dirt and have your wooden window frames looking as good as new once again. All the timber we use at Parsons Joinery is treated during manufacture to protect against rot. No further timber treatment is needed as this should be enough. We are so confident that this is the case that all our work comes with a full 30-year guarantee against rot.

Cleaning the glass of your bi-folds

In order to properly clean the glass of your bi-folds, you will want to use proper cleaning solution that avoids any smears and removes stubborn stains. You should also be careful on what you use to clean the glass, as abrasive sponges or brushes can leave small scratches that worsen over time. Shop bought cleaning products, or a solution of vinegar and warm water can be effective at leaving your windows with a flawless, shiny finish.

Checking your bi-fold locks

One of the main concerns when it comes to your bi-folds, will be security. Any stiffness of the doors may make them difficult to shut and lock as they should, so there are a few ways to keep them from seizing up. Silicone spray on door hinges and locking mechanisms will help to keep them functioning correctly. This will help to give you peace of mind knowing that your door locks securely once you have closed your bi-folds.

If you notice a problem and you need your bi-folding doors repaired or replaced, or you are considering having them installed in your home to make the most of your living space, our team at Home Counties Joinery are here to help. We have multiple years’ experience in all types of wooden doors, including bi-folds, French doors and front doors. To begin your enquiry with us, give us a call on 01279 967 444 or email so that we can arrange a visit to your property.