Windows of any type benefit from being cleaned on a regular basis, ensuring that the glass sparkles and shines throughout the seasons. Regular cleaning also serves to prevent dirt from becoming ingrained. Many homes will also have uPVC window frames and surrounds which can easily become discoloured and covered in grime and dirt. It is important to clean the uPVC just as much as you clean the glass window panes, again ensuring that it continues to look at its best and that dirt doesn’t become ingrained.
What NOT to use on your uPVC windows
Your uPVC windows can be easily cleaned, however, they can also be easily damaged if you use the wrong cleaning product or tools. Some damage will be irreparable and you may find that it will be complex and costly to replace any damaged uPVC. Therefore, to prevent any damage or discolouration to your uPVC windows, never use bleach under any circumstances.
Additionally, despite the white or cream colour of these cleaners, Cif and Jif style cream cleaners are not suitable for cleaning uPVC. They are abrasive and will damage the protective surface of your uPVC and compromise its pristine appearance.
If your uPVC windows are marked or stained in any way, you might be tempted to spot clean the stain with either nail varnish remover or methylated spirits. This is invariably a bad idea and you may well find that the original mark has now turned into a large, noticeable stain due to the damage caused by your uPVC. To spot clean a stain on your uPVC, always use a purpose-made uPVC cleaner from specialist stores.
Many homeowners use that household staple, WD40, on the hinges or handles of uPVC windows to lubricate the joints and reduce squeaking and stiffness. However, if the WD40 mixture touches the uPVC material, it may stain and damage the appearance of the uPVC. If you really need to use WD40, apply the solution to a cotton bud or some cotton wool, allowing you to direct the WD40 specifically to the area where it is needed and reducing the potential contact with the rest of the frame. Better still, opt for a specialist lubricant.
The last items on our ‘avoid’ list are scouring pads or any type of wire wool. These should never be used on uPVC window frames as scratching and irreparable damage will occur in addition, again removing the glossy shine of the uPVC. You should only every use soft cloths or soft brushes when cleaning uPVC.
Preparing your uPVC windows
To provide the best clean for your uPVC windows, you should fully prepare the required area. Firstly, open your window and vacuum any dust which has gathered inside any gaps or the interior of the uPVC. Check that there is no dust or grime hiding next to the hinges or the mechanism of your window.
Cleaning your uPVC window frames
Fill a bucket with warm water and a few drops of washing up liquid, mixing to ensure the cleaning solution is evenly distributed. Take a sponge or a cloth and using the soapy mixture, wipe the entire uPVC window areas, focusing on any dirty areas or discolouration. Take a dry, soft cloth and wipe away any excess water from the uPVC. Once again, ensure that you do not use any harsh chemicals or abrasive materials such as scouring pads on your uPVC windows as damage will inevitably result.
The above step will work well for windows which have been cleaned on a regular basis. If there had been some dirt and grime build-up, you may wish to create a cleaning mixture to reinvigorate your uPVC window frame and restore the shine. Take one cup of vinegar and four cups of very hot water, mixing together to create your specialist cleaning mixture.
Allow the mixture to settle for a short while and then pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the vinegar mixture onto your uPVC window frames and allow the cleaning solution to work for at least ten minutes. Take a dry, soft cloth and then wipe the uPVC gently to soak-up the liquid and reveal a sparkling finish.
Cleaning your uPVC window sills
Once you have cleaned your uPVC window frames, you will no doubt want to clean your window sills. Window sills can sometimes be forgotten about but can easily collect dust and grime. Repeat the above process used for cleaning the uPVC window frames, cleaning the dirt and grime from the uPVC window sill with a mixture of warm water with a few drops of washing up liquid. Once you have used a dry, soft cloth to dry the window sill, spray a few squirts of your vinegar solution onto the uPVC window sill and wipe gently to restore the fresh, sparkling appearance of the uPVC material.
Cleaning your window panes
In addition to cleaning the uPVC window frames and window sills, you can easily clean the glass window frames and reveal beautifully clear windows. Mix ¼ cup of vinegar with two cups of water and ½ cup of washing up liquid, fully mixing the solution to produce a combined mixture. Take some crunched-up newspaper and dip the newspaper into the solution, subsequently using the wet newspaper to wipe the glass window panes and remove any dirt or smears that have built-up over time. It is best to use a circular motion to clean the glass window panes, reducing the possibility of leaving new smears on the glass.
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