Just as the 'Spring Clean' gets us ready for summer, the 'Autumn Clean' is just as prevalent in getting your home ready for the winter months, so we've outlined the best ways to clean your uPVC windows and doors for best results!
The first, and most important thing to consider when cleaning your uPVC frames is what product to use - frames can be damaged by using incorrect abrasive products; a scouring pad will create fine scratches that will eventually make the frame look dull and discoloured, and you mustn't be tempted to use bleach or white spirits as this will permanently damage and discolour the surface of the uPVC. A soft cloth with warm water and soap solution is the best, most effective way to clean uPVC window frames.
How to clean your uPVC window frames for best results:
- Use a soft brush or soft cloth to brush off any dust and loose dirt.
- If you have a hose, rinse the windows with clean water to remove dirt.
- Mix ½ cups of vinegar with 2 cups of water and a few drops of washing-up liquid.
- Use a soft cloth and the soap solution to wash down the frames and windowpane. DO NOT use a scouring pad, wire wool or sponge with a scouring surface.
- Wipe away all excess cleaning solution from the frames, repeating the process in areas that need extra attention.
- The secret to getting crystal clear windows is to use a quality squeegee with a soft blade (like window cleaners do). Start at one side and either sweep from side-to-side to the bottom or start at one side and swipe from top to bottom and then use your fingers or a cloth to wipe excess water off the squeegee before the next swipe.
- To get a real sparkle finish you can rub the glass down with kitchen roll or old newspaper and rub in a circular motion to dry to a sparkly finish.
For best results, clean your uPVC frames every three months to avoid the build up of dirt and grime.