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Caring for uPVC Windows and Doors

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Quick FAQs

Can I use a glass cleaner on my uPVC windows?

Yes, you can use a glass cleaner on the glass portion of your uPVC windows, but warm soapy water is recommended. Avoid getting any glass cleaner on the frames as it can cause discolouring to the plastic.

Can I paint my uPVC windows and doors?

No, painting your uPVC windows and doors can cause damage and void any warranties. uPVC windows are designed to be low maintenance and do not need to be painted.

uPVC windows and doors are a popular choice for homeowners due to their durability, energy efficiency, and low maintenance requirements. However, to keep them looking and functioning at their best, it’s important to take proper care of them. In this article, we’ll go over some dos and don’ts for caring for uPVC windows and doors.

Caring for uPVC windows and doors: The Dos

Do clean uPVC windows and doors regularly

Regular cleaning is essential to keep your uPVC windows and doors looking their best. Use a soft cloth and warm soapy water to wipe down the frames and glass. Use a white cloth, as a coloured cloth may leak dye and stain the plastic.

Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scouring pads as they can scratch the surface. Glass cleaner should also be avoided, if possible, as it can discolour the uPVC.

Particularly dirty uPVC doors or window frames may benefit from being cleaned using a solution of one part white vinegar to four parts warm water. Uncoloured multipurpose cream cleaners will also work well on most types of dirt. Most types of washing-up liquid are also effective on coloured or grey window frames and doors.

Take extra care if using cleaning agents on doors and window frames to avoid getting the cleaner on the silicone seals. It could cause them to peel away.

Do lubricate moving parts on uPVC windows and doors

uPVC windows and doors have moving parts, such as hinges and locks. These must be lubricated periodically (we suggest two or three times a year) to prevent rust and ensure smooth operation. Use a silicone-based lubricant and apply it to the moving parts according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Be careful not to use excessive lubrication.

Do maintain the weatherstripping on uPVC windows and doors

The weatherstripping around your windows and doors helps to keep out drafts and moisture. Inspect it regularly and replace any damaged or worn weatherstripping as needed.

Do keep sliding door and window tracks clean

Sliding doors and windows have tracks that can collect dirt and debris over time, and impede the movement of the door or window. Clean them regularly with a soft brush or cloth to loosen any build-up, then vacuum all loose debris. Depending on the usage and wear of the doors and windows, four to five times a year is likely to be often enough to keep the tracks free of debris.

Do check uPVC windows and doors for leaks

Check your windows and doors for air or water leaks periodically. If you notice any leaks, it’s important to address them promptly to prevent damage to your home. You can ask a professional for advice

Do clean windows with lead in them thoroughly after installation

Products containing lead can stain if they are not cleaned regularly, especially in the early stages of being installed. As with any window, use warm soapy water and a soft cloth.

Do take care when operating door and window locks and handles

Using excessive force when trying to operate your door or window’s locks or handles is likely to cause damage. If you are struggling to open a door or window, check around the frame and in the lock for any obstructions, such as a build-up of residue or dirt. If you’re still having problems, it’s time to call in a professional to take a look.

Caring for uPVC windows and doors: The Don’ts

Don’t use harsh chemicals to clean uPVC windows and doors

Avoid using harsh chemicals or solvents to clean your uPVC windows and doors as they can damage the surface. Stick to warm soapy water and a soft cloth.

Don’t use a pressure washer to clean windows and doors

Pressure washing can force water into the seals around your windows and doors, causing damage. Avoid pressure washing your uPVC windows and doors.

Don’t paint uPVC windows and doors

uPVC windows and doors are designed to be low maintenance and do not need to be painted. Painting them can cause damage and void any warranties.

Don’t slam windows and doors

Slamming your windows and doors can damage the frame and cause misalignment. Always close them gently and ensure that they are properly locked.

Don’t neglect uPVC windows and doors

While uPVC windows and doors are low maintenance, they still require some care and attention to keep them functioning properly. Neglecting them can lead to costly repairs further down the line.

Conclusion: It’s easy to care for your uPVC windows and doors

To conclude, it’s not an onerous task to take care of your windows and doors. With a little time and effort, and by following the simple advice above, you’ll be able to enjoy your uPVC windows and doors for many years to come.

If your windows or doors have seen better days and cleaning them is unlikely to bring them back to life, it might be time to look into replacing them. Get in touch today to discuss how we could help.

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If your windows or doors have seen better days and cleaning them is unlikely to bring them back to life, it might be time to look into replacing them. Get in touch today to discuss how we could help.

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