A Beginner’s Guide to UPVC Maintenance
As with anything in the home, your UPVC windows, doors or conservatories will need to be cared for correctly to keep them looking good and working properly. Here are some basic guidelines for maintaining the UPVC installed in your property.
UPVC Window Frames
If you have UPVC windows, you will need to keep them clean in order for them to look attractive. White window frames can be washed with warm, soapy water and can also be cleaned with a cream cleaner as long as it is non-abrasive. For wood grain window frames, you need to be more careful as the wood pattern and gloss finish can be damaged easily. It is recommended that you only use warm, soapy water on wood grain window frames; never use anything that is abrasive or contains harsh chemicals.
Double Glazed Glass
Double glazed glass, otherwise known as “float glass”, is easy to clean but can also be easily scratched, so don’t use anything abrasive. We recommend that you remove rings and bracelets while cleaning to avoid scratches. Warm, soapy water is the best for cleaning glass, but glass cleaner is perfectly acceptable, too. Be sure to use a soft cloth and take care around any lead so as not to dislodge it.
When cleaning window frames and glass, you should also clean your weather seals as they can get grimy. Be careful not to move them as they can come out of their recess and cause draughts. Sometimes, the weather seals can become damaged over time, but an installer such as Double Glazing Cheltenham will be able to assist in replacing them and give your home a fresh new look.
Locks, Hinges and Handles
According to the Guardian, having properly maintained locks is essential to a successful insurance claim should the worst happen, so be sure to routinely lubricate your working lock parts. You can also clean the faceplates with a damp cloth. Hinges should be kept free of dust and grit, and they can also be lubricated from time to time to ensure they are working well.
Door handles can be wiped with a damp cloth, then dried immediately. It is advisable not to use any cleaners on handles as they can tarnish or mark. They also scratch easily, so take care when removing dust or grit. Check screws regularly so that handles do not become loose.
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