Here are some quick and easy UPVC Maintenance tips to keep your new UPVC Windows, Doors, Conservatoire, Orangerie, Cladding, Fascias & Soffits looking and functioning like the day it was installed.
These basic UPVC Maintenance are often what we tell our customers. Doing the above should help you to keep your new UPVC product both looking and working as good as it was the day it was installed for years to come.
Wash with warm soapy water about every four months to remove grime and atmospheric deposits. To remove stubborn stains use a strong non-abrasive cream cleaner.
Woodgrain effect finishes should only be cleaned with warm soapy water. Never sand or polish woodgrain effect profile this will damage the laminated surface. Never use abrasive cleaners these will damage the laminated surface and may alter the gloss finish. Take care nothing which may cause a rust stain comes into contact with PVC-U, rust stains are not removable
Float glass, used in double glazed units is easily scratched so remove hand jewellery prior to cleaning. All Glass can be cleaned using any household glass cleaner and a soft cloth; any external grime can be removed using a solution of warm soapy water.
Take care, when cleaning leaded lights as excessive pressure might dislodge the leading from the glass surface. Use warm soapy water and a soft cloth, applying moderate pressure.
New lead work, when exposed to rain will start oxidising, which appears as white or mottled staining. This process can take a few months to complete but when it has, the leading will be dark grey in colour and will no longer stain.
During cleaning etc, ensure that the weatherseals fitted to your doors and windows do not become dislodged from their grooves. Should this occur, slide back into position immediately, to avoid damage when the window or door is closed. If the weatherseals are broken or damaged and draughts are felt around the window or door, contact your installer.
On a conservatory the guttering is laid level. This is normal and in accordance with BS 63 67: 1983 Code of Practice for Drainage of Roofs. At times you will notice standing water in your gutter system.
It is important that all gutters and outlets are regularly cleaned.
Note: Do not walk on conservatory roofs always use crawl boards to spread the load. Do not lean ladders against the PVC-U frames or glass.
It will be necessary during the lifetime of the window or door to make periodical adjustments and maintenance checks to the gearing. Regular maintenance of exposed metal parts by removing dust and grit will help them perform at their best. As a result of normal operating and atmospheric conditions, moving mechanical parts of windows and doors also require occasional lubrication.
Some discoloration of the external silicone seal is a natural occurrence and cannot be avoided
To remove dust and grime wipe all window and door furniture with a damp cloth and then dry thoroughly. DO NOT USE liquid cleaner or abrasive on any hardware. Take care not to scratch the surface. Handles should be checked periodically to ensure that the screws holding them to the sash (opening part of the window or door) are tight. If required tighten using a suitable screwdriver. Do not overtighten as this may impair the operation of the locking mechanism. The handle can be lubricated at the joint between the handle and the fixing rose.
Tracks should be kept clean for smooth running and the drainage channels kept clear.
Wipe down the exposed faceplate occasionally with an oiled cloth. Spray all moving parts with a lubricant.