How to Look After Your uPVC Windows.
Having clean windows has an impact on how attractive your home looks. uPVC windows require very little maintenance in order to keep them in top working condition. Weatherproofing and repainting are not required when you have uPVC windows. However, you will need to keep them clean to maintain them. This article will help you to maintain your windows.
Cleaning the uPVC Frame.
It is best to clean your uPVC window frames at least twice a year. The more you clean them the easier it is to carry out the task each time. Start by opening up the windows and using a small brush to loosen any gunk or dirt. Once all dirt has become loose you can then simply vacuum it up. Now you will want to make yourself a bucket of warm soapy water and use a microfibre cloth or soft cloth to wipe down the uPVC window frames. When cleaning the frames take your time to get all around the edges where the window sits when shut. Try not to use coloured cloths as they dye from them may run and stain the uPVC. Do not use chemical cleaners or abrasive such as sponges, brillo pads etc. If the dirt or stains are very stubborn you can try using a uPVC cleaner these can be purchased from DIY and hardware shops.
How to Clean The Glass.
The glass should be cleaned more often than the uPVC frame. Anything up to 8 times a year is perfect. Try to avoid cleaning your glass windows in direct sunlight as this can leave streaky marks. Also, consider giving the whole glass window a wipe over to remove excess dirt before cleaning. Clean the window with warm soapy water or use a chemical window cleaner.
- Soft cloths are perfect if you want to avoid using any type of chemical cleaners. A soft cloth and some warm soapy water can give nice results.
- If you do like to use chemical glass cleaners, purchase a non-smear type of cleaner. Apply the cleaner directly onto the glass and use a good quality cloth for the perfect shine.
Maintenance of Handles and Hinges.
Using a spray oil is the best option for maintaining working parts on your uPVC windows. Do this at least every six months to handles, hinges and the locking system. It will help to keep everything moving.
- Locking Systems – Open the window wide open, spray little amounts of oil onto the locking strip. Try to avoid getting it on the glass and wipe away any excess oil.
- Handles – Close the uPVC window and spray a small amount of oil into the handle lock and give it a wiggle with your key. This will help to prevent the handle locks from seizing up.
- Hinges – Open the window, spray some oil on the hinges. If the hinges start feeling too loose after spraying them with oil. Check for loose screws and tighten them.
These simple instructions and tips will help to maintain your uPVC windows from decay and failure.