If you’ve invested in uPVC windows or doors for you home then you’re probably already aware of the amazing money saving potential and environmental benefits that come with them. But few think of how to maintain them until they actually need to clean them or buff them up to a ‘good as new’ standard. Of course, they last a great deal longer than wood or aluminium frames and don’t wear nearly as much, but exposure to the elements will obviously degrade the colour over time and dust and dirt can leave you wanting to spruce up you windows. Here are some general cleaning tips:
If you open up your uPVC window you will see a narrow channel where the lock and hinges are. Now, before you go ramming a soapy sponge down there which many would be tempted to do, you need to think about the risk of rusting and also the potential to dampen the dirt making it even hard to clean. I find the best way to go about this is to find a small brush (a spare toothbrush or small paint brush are ideal) and use it to loosen the dirt in the groove. Then take the extension tool on your vacuum cleaner and suck up the dirt. This is by far the best and easiest way to get all of the dirt and dust out of the grooves in your uPVC windows and doors.
Of course, you’ll want to clean the window frame itself once it’s all sealed up again. I recommend steering clear of abrasive cloths and pads, and refrain from using any bleach agents or antibacterial sprays. The plastic is strong and designed to withstand the elements, but you won’t be doing it any favours by soaking it in bleach. Get a soft cloth and a bucket or warm soapy water and you’ll see perfect results without the risk of scratching the surface or diminishing the quality of the finish.
The windows themselves can be very difficult to clean. Sometimes stubborn stains from spillages or splashes indoors can be a nightmare to remove, and if you’re cleaning the outside of the windows the weather presents obvious problems (dirty rain is a common issue). You can buy special solvent cleaner from uPVC retailers, but failing that, you might also use a sharp object such as a knife to gently (very gently!) scrape away the dirt before finishing with a soapy cloth. Remember to dry off your windows with a separate cloth and buff them to a shine to avoid streaks and marks.