How To Lubricate Hard To Open Windows


Regardless of the type of windows you currently have installed, whether they’re tilt, casement, sliders, single or double-hung windows, the more they age, the tougher it could be to operate them correctly. What used to be an effortless functionality for opening and shutting your windows is now much more of a challenge, one that you don’t want to take on every time you want a little fresh air in the house. 

The reasons for this happening could be due to any variety of diagnoses, but most of the time all your windows need is a little lubricant to get those old windows acting like new again. 

It doesn’t even matter if you’ve been keeping up with your routine care and maintenance, even the best cared-for windows can start to show some signs of wear, resulting in the windows operating improperly. But practicing even the smallest amount of upkeep with ensure that you won’t need to be replacing those windows any time soon. 

A little lubricant can go a long way in preserving the look and functionality of your windows in order for them to open and shut correctly. Of course, the first thing you need to know is how that lubricant should be applied and this is dependent largely on the type of window you’re working with and how it functions. 

Windows that run on tracks will require you to check to see what, if anything, is in the way of that track to prevent the window from running smoothly. Hinged windows are a little more straightforward, sometimes a hinge gets creaky or stuck entirely. In both cases, a little lubricant should get those windows working properly again. 

So take it from Renewal by Andersen windows Tacoma when we say that sometimes your window replacement needs can be solved with just a little tender loving care and that can save you a whole lot of money in the long run. But if your windows still creak and refuse to budge, then it might be time to call us to discuss replacing those difficult windows. 

If you are having problems with opening and shutting your windows, try troubleshooting the problem with these tips for lubricating those hard to open windows. 


Before you can apply lubrication to any window, you must first figure out what is preventing it from functioning properly. As we mentioned previously, a sliding window might have a track issue, casement window could be inoperable due to the crank operator. 

However, if after you’ve done your investigation you find that the operational mechanism on your window is just a little stuck or needs some additional help for whatever reason, then the issue is most likely going to be related to a lack of lubricant. 

Just be sure that is indeed the issue and not some kind of mechanical or hardware failure of some kind. When you apply your lubrication to the areas that you think need it, you’ll actually discover that the problem still exists and you’re back to square one. 

Application of Lubricant to Tracks

Many homeowners have windows that operate on tracks and so those will be the areas that you need to address with lubrication. But getting to the tracks can be a bit of a challenge. 

For horizontal windows, you will need to lift the windows up from the base in order to disengage the lock springs as you remove the window. But with single or double-hung windows, you merely need to tilt them as usual. Casement windows just need you to slide them part of the way so you can reach the track or the window frame at the point where the sash slides across the track. 

In any of these instances, applying even a little bit of lubricant at one point along the track’s extension can make a world of difference. Once you get things moving a little easier you can apply the lubricant at other points that become easier to reach. 

But be sure you wipe down the tracks and frame thoroughly before you apply the lubricant as that will ensure no dust or debris gets in the way of your windows operating properly. In addition, never apply the lubricant directly on the track, use a cloth to wipe the lubricant across all your moving parts instead. 

Application of Lubricant to Hinges

These are much easier to lubricate. You just need to wipe away all that dust, debris, and other build-up that has accumulated on the hinge which could be affecting its operation. 

Then investigate the area for any signs of damage. But if you find there are no problems then you can start lubricating the hinge. This time you can spray it directly on the hardware. Allow it to sit and soak for a couple of minutes and then swing it open and shut so the lubricant is able to get into the hinge completely. 

Test it out, if it works properly then you’re all set. If not, repeat the application process until it’s all moving smoothly again.