How to Care for uPVC Windows
UPVC windows are relatively low maintenance. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t prolong their lifespan by showing them a little bit of love every now and then. In this article, we’re going over the basic of caring for uPVC windows – from how often you need to clean them to what products are best to use.
How often do you have to clean uPVC windows?
When it comes to the uPVC frame itself, it’s probably best to check on it once to twice per year. As uPVC is resistant to both humidity and temperature fluctuations, you don’t need to check it for cracks or mold every couple of months, as you would with timber. As for the glass part, it’s best to clean it at least once a month to keep them looking sleek. Hinges and locks will usually not require cleaning, but you might want to rub some lubricant on them every now and then to keep them moving easily and without noise.
How to clean uPVC windows?
First, you want to check the locks and hinges, and oil them if needed. Then, move on to the frames. You want to use a soft cloth or a duster brush to remove any dirt and debris. If you have stubborn dirt that won’t come off the frames as easily, you can to try to use your vacuum cleaner instead. Make sure you don’t use anything abrasive – that applies to both products and tools, so keep those wire sponges away from your uPVC window frames. There’s nothing you can’t solve with a bit of cleaning solution. A good rule to remember is that the more often you clean your uPVC frames, the easier it becomes to clean them afterward.
Finish up with a bit of universal cleaning liquid. Dissolve it in water or use it as it is, according to the instructions on the package. Again, make sure you don’t use an abrasive sponge or an ammonia-based solution on uPVC frames, as that will damage them. If the window frames are really dirty and hard to clean with whatever product you’re using, you might want to look for a special PVC cleaner, which you can find in most hardware stores.
As for the glass parts, that part is pretty self-explanatory. Just use a regular glass cleaning spray and a soft cloth to make them look brand new. To prevent a cloudy or streaky finish, make sure you clean the glass with a damp cloth before applying the solution.
What else do you need to check for?
Check if the handles are easy to open and close. If not, use a bit of the same lubricant/oil you used on the hinges to keep them in shape. Lastly, make sure to check for leaks – yes, it’s very uncommon for uPVC windows to leak, but sometimes the outside silicone seal wears out and might let water it during heavy rainfall. Another common cause for leaks is blocked drainage holes, which can cause the water trapped in the bottom of the frames to leak inside. Both of these can be solved with a bit of cleaning or a fresh seal you can easily put in yourself.
As you can see, there’s not much to cleaning uPVC windows – all you have to do is use cleaning products and tools you probably already have at home. The key to keeping your uPVC windows in great condition is cleaning them regularly, at least twice a year.