Benefits of Maintaining and Repairing Your Grand Junction Church Stained Glass
Stained glass in churches is not only gorgeous but a piece of US history as well. Here in Grand Junction, we happily have a fair amount of amazing stained glass on the churches in the area here and at Colorado Springs Stained Glass we are proud to be a part of preserving that. While having your stained glass repaired and replaced by a professional is something that every church should be prepared to do and begin saving funds for, there a few minor maintenance duties congregations can do to extend the life of their Grand Junction church’s stained glass and keep it looking lovely and vibrant too!
Grand Junction Stained Glass Maintenance On Churches You Can Do Yourself
Most church stained glass repairs should be done by a well-researched, very experienced stained glass professional. But, there are a few things you or your church maintenance person can do to keep your glass looking fantastic for your parishioners to enjoy.
1. Light Cleaning Of Your Stained Glass: Although you Grand Junction church stained glass does not need to be cleaned on a weekly basis like your home windows, when it does become dirty or dusty you can carefully clean the glass with distilled water and a soft cloth. *If the glass is painted, make sure to find out whether or not the glass has been fired or you could damage the finish.
2. Maintain wood frames around the Stained Glass: The wood frames on your Grand Junction church’s stained glass windows are a big part of its stability. For this reason, moisture sealant and/or paint should be used on the wood portions to ensure the entire piece stays intact. These sealants should be applied according to their directions, but keep in mind, your maintenance person should avoid getting these materials on the glass since they could affect the look of the glass and potentially remove paint on unfired pieces.
3 Replace missing or loose putty as needed: This is a purely repair solely for the look of your stained glass and not for structural concerns. If you notice cracking or flaking putty on the outer edges of the window, you can quickly replace the putty and paint over it to keep your church stained glass looking good. However, a professional should be called for larger cracks or missing chunks as it could indicate that there is greater structural damage.
Keep in mind that all of the ideas above are for competent church groundskeepers. The best idea is always to call in a trained professional like Colorado Springs Stained Glass if you feel at all hesitant to have any of these things done by a caretaker. A good idea is to have us come in and consult with your church handyman to give instruction on light maintenance duties and materials regardless. Of course, no major repairs or replacements should ever be done by anyone besides a stained glass expert. Additionally, we recommend a yearly check-up by a professional, especially for vintage stained glass, which could have greater value. Contact us at Colorado Springs Stained Glass for more details on maintenance– we serve many of Colorado’s major areas including Grand Junction and would love to work with you!