The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning & Maintaining Your uPVC Windows
Have you recently upgraded to uPVC double glazed windows and want to make sure they remain in top condition? Proper care and maintenance are key to ensuring the longevity and optimal performance of your new windows. In this blog post, we walk you through essential cleaning and maintenance tips that will help your uPVC windows look as good as new for years to come.
Regular Cleaning for Long-lasting Beauty
uPVC window frames are known for their low maintenance requirements. They typically only need cleaning every few months, depending on your location. With our weather-resistant and high-quality windows and doors, keeping them clean is a breeze.
Open the windows and use an old paintbrush to loosen dust, dirt, and cobwebs. Use a vacuum with a hose attachment to remove them.
Prepare a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid in a bowl. Use a soft cloth to wipe down the window frames, paying extra attention to the edges where the window sits within the outer frames.
For stubborn dirt, consider using a mild cream surface cleaner or in extreme cases a solvent based uPVC cleaner. These can be found at your local hardware store or contact NK Windows. It is very important with these two options that any cream or solvent residue is removed with warm water after cleaning.
Tips for Sparkling Clean Windows
Keeping your uPVC glass clean is essential for maintaining a clear view. Aim to clean the glass four to eight times a year using non-chemical solutions. Traditional glass cleaners and specialised e-cloths designed for cleaning glass work best in this case. Here's a step-by-step guide to achieve streak-free, spotless glass:
Choose a day when the windows are not exposed to direct sunlight. Cleaning on a cloudy day helps prevent streaks caused by rapid drying.
Begin by using a damp cloth to remove excess dirt from the glass.
Apply a non-chemical glass cleaner directly onto the glass and work it into all corners using a microfibre cloth.
Use a drying cloth to polish the glass to perfection, ensuring a crystal-clear finish.
Inspecting and Maintaining Locks: Ensuring Security and Smooth Operation
To ensure the functionality and security of your double-glazed windows, it's essential to periodically check the locks and keep them free from dirt and grime. Here's what you need to do:
Unlock and open each window and door to examine the locks. Ensure they are working properly and clean any accumulated dirt.
Apply an acid free lubricant such as petroleum jelly or a light clear machine oil on the locking strip while the windows are open. Wipe away any excess lubricant with a cleaning towel.
Hinges and Handles: Lubrication for Longevity
Proper lubrication of hinges and handles is essential to maintain the functionality and appearance of your windows. Follow these steps to keep them working smoothly:
Close the windows before applying lubricant oil to the handles. Spray a lubricant such as WD-40 or CRC 5-56 onto the window key and insert it into the handle lock. Gently wiggle the key in and out of the lock several times.
Open the windows and apply lubricant on the friction hinges.
Special Consideration for Corrosive Environments
If you live in an area subject to corrosive elements such as proximity to the sea, a water treatment plant, or high levels of pollutants, regular cleaning and maintenance become even more critical. In such cases, it is recommended to perform maintenance every two months to prevent damage.
Expert Care for Beautiful and Long-lasting uPVC Windows
By following these cleaning and maintenance tips provided by NK Windows, you can ensure that your uPVC windows remain in excellent condition for years to come.
If you need further assistance or have any questions about maintaining your uPVC windows and doors, don't hesitate to reach out to our team at NK Windows
For more detail refer to our Cleaning and Maintenence Guide.