Treat your uPVC to a little love and attention occasionally and you’ll reap the rewards for years to come.

There are many advantages to installing new double glazing into your property, whether uPVC, timber or aluminium.  Many home-owners choose uPVC as it offers a long lasting, cost-effective, low maintenance option and delivers on promises to reduce energy.  BUT although uPVC offers a low maintenance option, they are not maintenance free, and after attending a recent service call where little or no maintenance had taken place in the years since they were installed, we thought we would illustrate the benefit of a little occasional attention.  Keep your windows and doors working at maximum efficiency, maintaining hinges and locking mechanisms and thereby ensuring that your guarantee is not invalidated.

This photograph shows a kitchen window that has been regularly maintained for the last fifteen years, ready for the next annual service!

This window hasn’t been maintained during the last eight years, causing the locking mechanism to jam.

uPVC Frames and Glass

To maintain the window or conservatory frame in good condition requires cleaning with a little soapy water, or a mild non-abrasive detergent solution.  Use a soft cloth and plenty of water so that any abrasive grime or dirt will be washed away and prevent scratching the frames.  Dry off with a chamois (or chamois substitute), then open the window, and clean inside the sashes – a little vacuum first is often a good idea.  Any soft cloth will work, though if using recycled cloth, make sure there are no hidden buttons anywhere – small items like these can cause lots of damage!  Similarly, rings and bracelets can scratch glass if worn whilst cleaning and extra care should  be taken.

Glass should be cleaned with using standard glass cleaning products, or if you prefer a more natural solution, warm soapy water  or a white vinegar/hot water blend.  We use a bucket of warm soapy water, and a hand-held battery operated window cleaning vacuum, which makes light work of the whole job.

Locking Mechanisms and Friction Hinges

To keep your windows working beautifully, we recommend applying a little light oil (something like WD40 or silicone spray will do the trick) to all the moving parts. Make sure you open the sash as far as it will go, and wipe off any excess oil. Close the sash and leave for a few minutes and then re-open and wipe off any more excess oil from the rebate of the frame. There is a little brass screw on the moving plate of the friction stay that may need a little tightening afterwards, a quarter turn with a screwdriver will be more than enough.

Handles and Decorative Furnishings

Wipe with a damp cloth or mild detergent solution only.  Gold-coloured or chrome handles or door furniture don’t need cleaning with a metal cleaner or polish as these can endanger the protective coating.  Rings are a major cause of wearing and scratching to the finish of the handle and is likely to be considered normal wear and tear, and therefore outside the remit of any guarantee offered.

Patio and Bi-Fold Door Tracks

We would recommend regularly inspecting the door track and removing any dirt, stones or other debris that could damage the rollers and effect the smooth operation of the door. Vacuum first, then clean with warm soapy water and a soft brush.

Can we help?

We plan to send an annual email reminding customers to take a little look at their windows and doors with a view to giving them a quick clean and oil.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list so that we remember for you, please do get in touch – helen@cloveryourhome.co.uk – and we’d be happy to include you in our next email.

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