Why Proper Cleaning Matters
Benefits of regular cleaning
Cleaning your uPVC windows and doors regularly can greatly extend their lifespan and maintain their appearance. By removing dirt, grime, and pollutants, you ensure smooth operation, prevent discoloration, and reduce wear and tear on your windows and doors.
Common cleaning mistakes
Some common cleaning mistakes to avoid include using abrasive materials, harsh chemicals, and excessive force. These can damage the uPVC surface, scratch the glass, or cause the frames to warp.
Gathering the Right Tools
Essential cleaning equipment
To clean your uPVC windows and doors effectively, you’ll need:
- A soft cloth or sponge
- A bucket with warm soapy water
- A glass cleaner
- A soft brush or vacuum cleaner (for window tracks)
Optional cleaning tools
These tools can make the cleaning process more efficient:
- A squeegee (for glass)
- A microfiber cloth (for drying)
- A small brush (for corners and crevices)
Cleaning uPVC Windows
Cleaning the glass
Apply glass cleaner to the glass surface and use a soft cloth or sponge to gently wipe away dirt and grime. Use a squeegee or another soft cloth to dry the glass, working from top to bottom in a zigzag motion to prevent streaks.
Cleaning the frames
Dip a soft cloth or sponge in warm soapy water and gently wipe the uPVC frames. Rinse the cloth as needed and be sure to remove all soap residue. Dry the frames with a clean, dry cloth.
Cleaning the window sills and tracks
Use a soft brush or vacuum cleaner to remove debris from the window sills and tracks. Wipe down the sills and tracks with a damp cloth, then dry them thoroughly.
Cleaning uPVC Doors
Cleaning the door panels
Dampen a soft cloth or sponge with warm soapy water and gently wipe the door panels, removing dirt and grime. Be sure to clean both the interior and exterior surfaces. Rinse the cloth as needed and remove all soap residue. Dry the door panels with a clean, dry cloth.
Cleaning the door frames
Follow the same process used for cleaning window frames: dip a soft cloth or sponge in warm soapy water and gently wipe the uPVC door frames. Rinse the cloth as needed and ensure all soap residue is removed. Dry the door frames with a clean, dry cloth.
Cleaning the door hardware
Use a damp cloth to wipe down the door handles, locks, hinges, and any other hardware. Be cautious not to saturate the hardware with water, as this can cause rust or damage. If necessary, use a mild cleaner to remove stubborn dirt or grime. Dry the hardware with a clean cloth.
Maintaining uPVC Windows and Doors
To keep your uPVC windows and doors looking great and functioning properly, follow these preventative measures:
- Clean windows and doors regularly to prevent the buildup of dirt and grime.
- Lubricate moving parts, such as hinges and locks, with a silicone spray to ensure smooth operation.
- Inspect weatherstripping and seals for damage or wear, replacing them as needed.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can damage the uPVC surface or glass.
When to call a professional
If you notice any of the following issues with your uPVC windows or doors, it may be time to call a professional:
- Warping or bowing of the frames
- Cracked or damaged glass
- Persistent drafts or leaks
- Difficulty opening or closing the windows or doors
Proper cleaning and maintenance of your uPVC windows and doors can significantly extend their lifespan, enhance their appearance, and ensure their smooth operation. By using the right tools and techniques, you can easily keep your windows and doors looking and functioning at their best.
- Can I use bleach to clean uPVC windows and doors? It’s best to avoid using bleach or other harsh chemicals on uPVC, as they can cause damage or discolouration. Stick to warm soapy water for general cleaning.
- How often should I clean my uPVC windows and doors? It’s a good idea to clean your windows and doors at least twice a year, or more frequently if they’re exposed to heavy pollution or harsh weather conditions.
- Can I use a pressure washer to clean my uPVC windows and doors? Avoid using a pressure washer on uPVC, as the high-pressure water can damage the surface or force water into the seals, causing leaks.
- What can I do if my uPVC windows or doors have become discoloured? Discolouration can sometimes be removed with a specialized uPVC cleaner, but if the damage is severe, you may need to consult a professional.
- Should I lubricate the hardware on my uPVC windows and doors? Yes, it’s important to lubricate moving parts, such as hinges and locks, with a silicone spray to ensure smooth operation and prevent wear and tear.