Maintaining And Repairing Your Taos Church Stained Glass


Taos Church Stained Glass Maintenance To Do Yourself Or Leave To A Professional

Stained glass windows in churches here in Taos are not only gorgeous but a significant piece of US history as well. Here in Taos, we some amazing stained glass on the churches and at Scottish Stained Glass we are happy to be a part of preserving it. Although it is true that having your stained glass repaired and replaced by a professional is something that every church should be prepared to do and begin saving funds right now, there are definitely some minor maintenance duties congregations can do to prolong the life of their Taos church’s stained glass not to mention help keep it keep its luster too.

Taos Stained Glass Maintenance On Churches You Can Do Yourself

Most church stained glass repairs should be done by a vetted professional with a lot of experience. However, you should always be well-acquainted with your Taos church’s stained glass so you are aware of any changes. Also, there are a couple things your church maintenance person can do to keep your glass looking lovely for your parishioners to enjoy.

  1. Light Cleaning Of Your Stained Glass: Although weekly cleaning of your Taos church stained glass is not necessary, when it does become dirty or dusty you should 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 Taos church’s stained glass windows play a huge part in its stability and durability. For this reason, moisture sealant and/or paint should be used on the wood portions to ensure the frame stays intact. These sealants should be applied according to their individual directions, but be sure to let your maintenance person know to avoid getting these finishes on the glass since they could affect the clarity and luster of the stained glass and potentially remove paint on unfired pieces.
  3. Replace missing or loose putty as needed: This is an aesthetic repair done to keep your stained glass looking good but not in lieu of structural repairs. Should you notice cracking or flaking putty on the outer edges of the window, you can quickly replace the putty and paint over it. However, this is just a light fix, if you see larger cracks or missing chunks as it could indicate that there is greater structural damage and a professional should be called.

Keep in mind that the care above is for competent church groundskeepers or handymen. The best idea is always to call in a trained professional like Scottish Stained Glass if you don’t feel completely confident. Of course, no major repairs or replacements should ever be done by anyone besides a stained glass professional. Contact us at Scottish Stained Glass for more details on maintenance or for restoration pricing. We serve many of New Mexico’s major areas including Taos and would love to work with you!

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