How To Keep Your UPVC Windows Clean
uPVC become a popular choice for windows in the 1980s. Some of the reasons for its popularity are because of its energy efficiency, soundproofing feature and because of its low maintenance nature. However, this does not mean that you should not look after them. With time, dust and grease build up on the surfaces and it is necessary to wash them. Here are some guidelines on how to keep your uPVC windows clean.
To keep the apertures sanitary, aim to wash them on a regular basis. The frequency will largely depend on the kind of environment where you live. If you live in an urban setting, where you are exposed to a lot of dirt and grime, target to scrub the glass after every 2 to 3 months. However, if you find that the aperture gets dirty much more quickly than this, then target to scrub them at least once a month. In rural settings, where there might not be much dirt, consider washing them at least twice a year.
Get the right equipment
To get started with the washing, the first step is to gather the right washing equipment. This includes a bucket, lukewarm water, soft cloth or sponge, vacuum cleaner, soft brush, cleaning solution. Having everything together will help you wash faster and more efficiently.
Wash the handles and hinges
Start by scrubbing the hinges. Open up the apertures and push them as far back as they can go. If the hinges are hard to open, pour oil on them to lubricate them. Then use the vacuum cleaner to suck up the dirt from the hinges. Also, spray oil on the locking system and the handles as well.
Wash the window panes
First use a soft brush or soft cloth to get rid of the loose dirt and cobwebs. Then using a soft cloth or sponge and lukewarm water, wash the glass pane. Use a washing solution that is not harsh. Dishwashing liquid is a good option. Let the glass dry then use the glass cleaner to shine the glass. To get it to sparkle, rub down the glass using an old newspaper.
Wash the frames
Use a soft brush or cloth to loosen up the dirt. You can also spray water on it using a hose pipe. Then using warm soapy water, dip a soft cloth into the water and use it to wipe down the frames. Repeat this process until you get rid of all stubborn stains.
Scrub the sills
Wash the sills using warm soapy water and a soft piece of cloth. In case of any stubborn dirt, spray warm soapy water on the sills and leave it for 5 minutes to soak, before wiping it down.
Get rid of paint
To get rid of paint, use a solvent cleaner. Apply it on the affected area and wait for a few minutes before cleaning it
Washing your apertures on a regular basis will leave them looking bright, clean and fresh. Wash them on a cloudy and dry day, as cleaning during a sunny day can leave glass streaks on the glass panes.