Monday 1st February, 2016
Everyone likes to see bright, white uPVC windows, with no unsightly marks. To achieve this result, it's important to know the best ways of cleaning your windows, which products you can use safely on uPVC and which might cause damage.
The good news is that uPVC is easy to clean. It's a low-maintenance surface that is suitable for all kinds of weather, from high winds on the coast to city smog. As with all surfaces, however, dirt and dust will, of course, build up over a period of time. You will need to clean the windows both inside and out to ensure the best finish.
It may come as a surprise to learn that the best way to start is by vacuuming your window surround! Open the window first and vacuum all the vents, corners and any nooks and crannies to remove all dirt and dust. It's easy if your vacuum cleaner has an attachment. You can use a soft brush one, as that won't cause any damage. Removing any dust will also help drain any water or condensation that may have built up around the frame.
Use a bucket of soapy water - you can use washing-up liquid - and a sponge to clean the window. Do not use scouring pads, as they may scratch the uPVC, especially if it has a decorative finish. Dry the uPVC and glass with a tea-towel or some kitchen roll. Make sure whatever you use is not abrasive. You can also remove any smears from the glass by using newspaper.
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A low-cost, environmentally-friendly way to clean uPVC is to use simple vinegar. Mix one part vinegar to four parts hot water, put the liquid into a clean spray bottle and spray it on to the uPVC. Leave it for several minutes and then wipe it off with a clean, smooth cloth. You can also use baby-wipes, as they are soft and contain no harmful chemicals.
You can buy specific uPVC cleaning products if you don't want to use washing-up liquid, vinegar or baby-wipes. If you use these, there's no danger of ruining the surface. If the window is older and more difficult to clean, use a non-abrasive cream cleaner from a DIY retailer. Remember not to use the cream on the window pane. Only use it on the uPVC surround, as it will leave a residue on the glass, making it cloudy.
Never use bleach, methylated spirits, white spirits, WD40, nail varnish remover or scouring pads on uPVC, as these can all cause damage. Also, do not apply too much pressure when you're cleaning. The liquids may remove or erode the finishes, or discolour the uPVC. Abrasive cleaning pads can take off the top layer of the uPVC, scratch it or ruin its shiny finish.
If you're using cleaning products in areas near your uPVC, be careful not to accidentally spray any of them on your windows.
If you would like more information on how Ultraframe can help improve the appearance of your home or give that tired uPVC that extra flare please don’t hesitate to get in contact today or if you are looking for some more top tips on how to spruce up that tired conservatory please visit our Conservatory Clinic.