Church stained glass often portrays really meaningful imagery for congregation members. The beautiful thing about religious stained glass is the way it can carry individualized messages pertinent to each worshipper and their personal worshipping process. These elegant, antique works of art are usually one-of-a-kind and held sacred to each church. That’s why proper preservation, through cleaning and strengthening, is so important to keep up with. When you consistently keep up with your stained glass’ needs, it can last for centuries, prolonging product life as well as prolonging the period of time required between restorations.

Proper Maintenance Requirements for Your Church’s Stained Glass

Depending on when your stained glass was installed, there have been many different means of reinforcements for the intention of protecting the stained glass panels. Some of these methods have since been proven harmful to stained glass, causing heat pockets that have led to yellowish tints, discoloration, as well as warped glass. Ensuring you have proper strengtheners and reinforcements is vital to prolonging your stained glass’ life and preventing permanent damage. Moisture is the root cause of deterioration for stained glass windows– although moisture is unavoidable, ensuring your stained glass doesn’t suffer from overexposure is easy avoidable with regular cleaning.

The Relevance of Regular Cleanings for Your Church’s Stained Glass

Weekly wipe downs and cleanings can make such a significant difference when it comes to maintaining your church’s stained glass. When moisture is allowed to seep into your stained glass over long periods of time, it gives fungus and mold the opportunity to grow. Fungus and mold highly accelerates the deterioration process and can cause irreversible damage to your stained glass. It’s pertinent to not give mold a hospitable environment.

For more information regarding proper cleaning, strengthening, and reinforcements for your church’s stained glass, please contact us or call: (720) 835-2165

Martin Faith is an expert in the areas of stained glass conservation, preservation, and history. For over thirty years, he has been working as a stained glass artisan and restoration expert. Martin grew up studying stained glass in Glasgow, where he began acquiring and salvaging beautiful collectibles made by Scottish artisans. In Glasgow, he learned the critical skills and traditional techniques required for creating the stunning stained glass windows produced by his company today in the United States, where he now resides with his wife and family. Over the years, Martin has consulted on numerous church stained glass restoration projects throughout the nation, ranging in size and complexity. Martin and his team have successfully repaired hundreds of religious stained glass windows, including those belonging to churches, cathedrals, temples, and synagogues as well as all religious denominations. He has overseen over 50,000 projects in total and is one of the most accomplished professionals in the industry.