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Top static caravan holiday tips

Is there anything more quintessentially British than a caravan? Those iconic holiday parks allow us to take a well-deserved break and take in some of the nation’s most picturesque spots.

It’s estimated that there are currently over one million leisure caravans in the UK today, with 365,000 of them classed as static. But it’s not as simple as packing a bag and heading to your nearest caravan site, you need to plan out your getaway to get the most out of your break.

If you’re new to caravanning, there’s no need to worry. We’ve compiled our top tips for staying in a static caravan so you can make the most of your holiday.

Static caravan tips for beginners

 

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1. Choose the right location

With over 2500 static caravan parks to choose from in the UK, you’re spoilt for choice when planning your holiday.

And though it may be tempting to choose a location based on convenience or the views, it’s important to make sure you’ve done your research before settling on a park.

Does your location have a kids club to keep the little ones entertained? Is it dog-friendly? Is it accessible for those with disabilities or the elderly? These are all things to take into consideration to make sure you’re not hit with any nasty surprises when you arrive.

2. Plan your journey

Once you’ve settled on your dream destination, do your research to make sure you know how to reach it. Sat navs have made travelling to new locations effortless, but it’s always a good idea to familiarise yourself with your route before setting off.

Find out if any areas suffer from heavy build-ups of traffic or are in the process of roadworks. It’s also a good idea to carry a hard copy of your route for emergencies, just in case your battery dies or your sat nav is being temperamental.

3. Limit your packing to essentials

As I’m sure you know, it can be very easy to overpack when going on holiday. A couple of outfits can quickly lead to a boot full of suitcases. Unlike hotels, however, caravanning doesn’t offer an abundance of extra space to store your bags.

Think carefully about what you need for your holiday. If you can do without it, don’t pack it.

4. Think of the weather

Have you thought about how you’ll be spending your time while at your caravan?

If you’re planning to spend a lot of time in the great outdoors, make sure to check the weather! British weather can change at the drop of a hat, so waterproof clothing and wellies are a must if you’re going on a lot of walks.

If you’re lucky enough to be spending your holiday in the sun, don’t forget to protect yourself with suntan lotion and UV resistant sunglasses.

Packing tips

Woman packing a suitcase

1. Use a soft-sided bag – They’re not only less bulky than a suitcase, but they’re much easier to store in your caravan once you arrive.

2. Roll your clothes – You may be used to folding your clothes at home, but rolling them before packing them in a bag saves tons of space.

3. Use the space – Rather than just chucking everything into bags, place them strategically to make the most of every inch of space. Don’t forget the side pockets!

4. Use ziplock bags – If you’re only away for a few days, opt for ziplock bags instead of bulky makeup and wash bags. This way you can save space and stick to the essentials.

5. Cling-film open bottles – No one wants to be faced with dreaded shampoo leaks all over their clothes. Remove the caps of your open bottles and wrap with cling film before replacing them to prevent any spillages.

6. Pack a bin bag – Bin bags are great for storing dirty clothes and used towels. This way you can keep wet and muddy clothes separate from your clean ones and makes it easier to know what to wash when you get home.

7. Don’t over-pack – Plan out your days so you know how much to take with you. Do you really need a fresh outfit for each day? Fight the temptation to pack your whole wardrobe and instead reuse the clothes that you can.

8. Make a list – By writing down everything that you need for your trip, you can properly plan out what you’ll need and stick to it. It also means you won’t forget to pack anything essential.

Static caravan essentials checklist

If you’ve never been caravaning before, you might not know what you’ll need to take with you on your holiday. To make sure you don’t forget something you’ll need when you get there, we’ve created a checklist of essentials for your static caravan holiday:

– Crockery and glassware
– Cutlery and utensils
– Washing up liquid
– Bin bags
– Groceries
– Bedding (if needed)
– Towels
– Medicine/first aid kit
– Toiletries
– Toilet roll
– Clothing
– Swimwear (if needed)
– Suncream
– Sunglasses
– Wellies/walking boots
– Insect repellent
– Disposable BBQ
– Deck chairs
– Indoor and outdoor games
– A torch

Safety tips

The last thing you want when you’re on holiday is for someone to have an accident, especially when it could have been avoided. We’ve compiled a list of caravan holiday tips to ensure you stay safe while you’re relaxing:

1. Buy a torch – Most static caravan sites are far from the light pollution of big cities, which means you might struggle to adapt to the darkness. Make sure you’ve got a torch handy for whenever you’re walking around outside when the sun’s down.

2. Fire safety – You should always have a minimum of one smoke alarm and a fire extinguisher in your caravan at all times. A fire blanket is another good piece of safety equipment to invest in, in case of a kitchen fire.

3. Gas canisters – Most static caravans are heated by propane gas cylinders. Always make sure that your gas connection is secure and that any canisters are fixed in a safe and secure position. It’s also advised that you get a professional to perform a gas fire and boiler check annually.

4. Keep your doors and windows secure – It’s crucial that you keep your doors and windows locked for your own security. Make sure all locks, handles and hinges are in good working order and aren’t stiff or jammed.

If your static caravan has seen better days, our expert engineers can help with caravan window repairs. We can repair failed double glazing of any shape and size, and can even perform lock, handle and hinge repairs. Get in touch with your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today.

 

How to clean UPVC window frames

 

Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride (UPVC) is the most popular material for window frames. Why is this? UPVC is not only easy to manufacture, but it’s also long-lasting and relatively maintenance-free. You can even choose the colour and finish to match the aesthetic of your home.

Despite being resistant to rotting and rusting, UPVC windows can become dirty from build-ups of dirt and grime if not properly maintained. Luckily, cleaning UPVC is easy, which means that you can keep your windows looking bright and fresh all year round.

Woman cleaning her house windows

Maintaining UPVC

Before taking on the bigger messes, there are a number of ways that you can take care of your windows. By following these simple steps and regularly cleaning your UPVC doors and window frames, you can stop build-ups of dirt from forming at all.

1. Use a vacuum

For removing small amounts of dirt or thin layers of dust from the edges and corners of your frames, you can simply use the dusting brush on your vacuum cleaner (the attachment with the soft bristles). Not only is this a really quick and simple way to clean around your windows, but the bristles on the brush will protect your UPVC and double glazing from being scratched.

2. Open your windows

It’s all well and good to give your windows a quick wipe down, but it’s in between the frames that need to most attention. These are the areas that most of us are guilty of forgetting about and can easily get clogged up with dirt. Ignoring these areas can cause your windows to become stiff and cause bigger problems if left unchecked.

3. Stick to soft cloths

After you’ve cleaned your windows and left them looking sparkling, it’s vital that you remove any residual moisture left over. You need to be thorough, but you don’t want to use anything too abrasive and risk damaging the frames or glass. All you need is a soft cloth or kitchen roll to give your windows a quick once over.

4. Keep on top of it!

The best way to clean your windows is to keep them clean. By regularly washing your UPVC, you won’t need to spend time scrubbing away at dirt and grime or risk your windows becoming clogged or damaged.

Best cleaning products for UPVC

Warm, soapy water

It may sound simple, but this is all you need to use if you’re cleaning your windows regularly. Giving your UPVC a quick scrub with a sponge and soapy water is enough to remove light dirt and keep your frames looking nice and bright.

Vinegar and hot water

This is a great alternative to using manufactured products with chemicals. Mix one part vinegar with 4 parts hot water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. You can then spray your frames and leave it to do its work for 10-15 minutes, then simply wipe away with a clean cloth. You can then enjoy lovely bright windows without any chemical smells being left behind.

UPVC cleaners

If your window frames have been neglected for a while or if you’ve just moved into a new home, you may need some stronger products to bring your UPVC back to life. Specialist UPVC cleaners usually come in the form of a cream or paste and can help to remove really stubborn muck without posing a risk to your double glazing or window frames.

What to avoid when cleaning UPVC

Harsh chemicals

Stay far away from any products that contain bleach, white spirits, methylated spirits, nail varnish remover or any other harsh chemicals. It’s possible you may have heard hearsay or an old wives tale that recommends such cleaners, but they aren’t to be believed. Products of this type will only damage your UPVC frames as well as posing a risk to your window sills and even surrounding paintwork or wallpaper.

Dyes

Check your cleaning products thoroughly before using them on your windows. Even harmless dish soap can contain dyes to give them a bright colour. Although they’re fine for their intended purpose, if used on UPVC, they could end up staining your lovely bright frames which will be very difficult to remedy.

Rough sponges

As already stated, soft cloths are the ideal material for wiping down your windows. If you don’t have one at hand, don’t be tempted to use a scourer or abrasive sponge – you’ll risk scratching your UPVC.

For more information on how to keep your windows looking at their best, follow our guide to maintaining your double-glazed windows. If you’ve noticed your double glazing has become cloudy, get in touch with your local branch of Cloudy2Clear and our expert engineers will give you a free, no-obligation quote.

 

How to maintain your double-glazed windows

Replacing your windows is a big commitment. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or you’re replacing a failed set of double-glazed windows, installing double glazing can be expensive.

If installed professionally by a team of reputable engineers, you can enjoy your double glazing for years without issue. However, if you don’t treat your windows with a little love, their quality and effectiveness can fail – even if fitted by experts.

Here at Cloudy2Clear, we want to make sure you get the most out of your investment. That’s why we’ve created a helpful list of tips to ensure your double glazing maintenance is up to scratch.

How to clean double-glazed windows

how to maintain your windows during autumn
1. Choose the right cleaner

Think carefully before using cleaning products on your windows. Choosing a cleaning product with harsh chemicals can damage your double glazing and isn’t necessary to get your windows shining again.

The most reliable cleaner is actually a homemade solution: simply combine one-part white vinegar with four-parts water. With this mixture, all you need to do is wipe your windows in a circular motion with a microfibre cloth. An old toothbrush or cotton buds are great to use too, as you can really get into all the nook and crannies to leave your windows totally grime-free.

2. Clean on a cloudy day

Another good tip is to clean your windows on a cloudy day. You may be tempted to get outside in the sun to get your double glazing gleaming, but the sun can often dry your windows too quickly, leaving streaks on the glass.

3. Use newspaper

Speaking of streaks, newspaper is a fantastic buffer for glass. It may sound a little odd, but it’s a cheap and super simple way of leaving your windows dry and your view clear.

How to maintain UPVC windows

UPVC, also known as Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride, is the most popular material for double glazing as it’s low-maintenance, sturdy and long-lasting.

The only UPVC window maintenance that you need to worry about is the seals. Failed seals are the main cause of cloudy windows, as gaps in the seals allow moisture to become trapped inside your window panes.

If you notice any small lumps and bumps in the seals, you can gently push them back into place. If, however, the lumps become a common issue, it’s best to get in touch with a specialist who can assess the problem and offer guidance.

Seals can also get dirty, ruining the aesthetic of your windows. To clean your seals, simply use an old toothbrush and some warm water to carefully scrub away any grime.

How do I stop mould from building up?

A build-up of condensation on double glazing is a common issue and can cause more problems than an obscured view.

If condensation on your windows is a regular occurrence, the moisture can cause mould to appear on your double glazing and even your walls.

Here are a few tips to help prevent mould:

– Remove any condensation on your windows with a sponge or window squeegee

– Don’t push your furniture right up against your walls

– Open windows to keep your home ventilated while cooking or showering

– Make sure your home is properly insulated

To learn more about preventing condensation, view our guide here.

How do I keep my hinges, locks and mechanisms running smoothly?

Double glazing maintenance is more than just looking after your windows, it’s also important to make sure your hinges, locks and mechanisms are all in working order. Faulty locks and handles can cause problems with heat loss, condensation and security.

The best way to keep your hinges, locks and mechanisms running smoothly is to ensure they’re regularly cleaned and free from dirt and grime. This will make sure your hinges open smoothly and sliding doors won’t stick in their tracks.

If you think your locks, handles and hinges need more than just a good clean, our expert engineers can replace them to keep them at their best and save you money in the process.

 

Static caravan maintenance tips

Whether you’re in a picturesque village or set up by the sea, a static caravan is your home away from home. 

As such, you should treat your caravan with as much respect as your actual home. By taking the time to properly maintain your static caravan, you can ensure years of fantastic holidays without any troublesome of expensive problems to deal with.

To help you keep your static caravan in tip-top condition, we’ve outlined some of our best tips to keep your pride and joy looking and running as good as new.

 

static caravan

 

1. Clean the gutters

Keeping your drains in working order on your caravan is crucial, especially with our temperamental weather. If your gutters are blocked, water can become trapped and lie on top of the roof of the caravan – leading to some serious problems in the future.

Clean your gutters as regularly as you would at home, especially if you’ve experienced poor weather or are located under trees. This way any rainwater can drain away freely, preventing water build-up or any issues with damp.

2. Sweep the roof

Much like your gutters, leaving debris unchecked on top of your roof can lead to problems that can be easily avoided.

A simple sweep of the roof is all it takes to prevent any damage to the caravan’s roof materials. Just make sure you stay safe when sweeping by using an extending brush and making sure there’s someone else nearby to help out.

3. Clean the outside of your caravan

Caravan exteriors are made of sturdy materials to withstand the elements. However, animal waste and tree sap can still cause damage if left unchecked.

Regularly clean the outside of your caravan with a solution of warm water and detergent. Car cleaning products work well, too.

If your caravan features a decked area, it’s also a good idea to treat it with a strong wood stain to keep it looking healthy and protected from mother nature.

4. Keep vents clear

Static caravans have a number of vents and are used for a number of reasons, including ventilation and gas safety. It’s important that you make sure any roof vents remain closed when you’re not using your caravan, as water can enter the caravan leading to issues with damp.

As for wall and floor vents, these are fine to leave open as they help to keep the air circulated inside. Just make sure that any wall or floor vents are free from obstructions that could cause blockages to the airflow.

5. Look after the chassis

One of the most common issues for static caravans, and most expensive to repair, is a rusty chassis. This is a particular problem for caravans located near the sea where corrosion is more common. Regularly check your chassis and repaint it to help fight off rust.

If you are located near the sea, the paint will likely flake away. Instead, use a wax oil to keep your caravan’s chassis is good condition.

6. Repair your failed double glazing

Just like in your home, your caravan double glazing needs to be maintained. If your windows fail due to weathered seals or physical cracks, they will lose their energy efficiency and will become misty and obscured – not what you want when you’re on a scenic getaway.

Our expert engineers can repair faulty caravan double glazing at a fraction of the price of most window companies, so you can stay warm and enjoy the sights without breaking the bank.

7. Replace stiff or broken locks

Whether you’re in your caravan or not, you want to make sure your home away from home is safe and secure. If the locks on your windows and doors become stiff or broken, you’ll need to get them repaired or risk compromising your security.

Our engineers can easily repair locks by simply removing and replacing faulty mechanisms. We can even repair your hinges and handles too, so you can make sure everything is running smoothly on your holidays.

Get in touch with your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today to find out how much you could save on your static caravan repairs.

 

Why does double glazing become cloudy?

If your home is fitted with double glazed windows, you may have noticed mist forming in between the panes. 

This problem is more common than you might think — and it can lead to more serious issues. Not only do cloudy windows obscure your view, but they can even cause your home to lose heat and pose a security risk.

Thankfully, double glazing is like bread and butter to our crack team of engineers. They’re always looking for new ways to understand how double glazing becomes ineffective and identify innovations solutions to solve the problem.

To help you understand why double glazing can fail, we asked our operations manager, Kirk, for his expert opinion. Below, he explains what causes double glazing to become cloudy or misty and what you can do to make sure your windows are always in the best condition. 

How to tell if double glazing has failed

If you have cloudy or blown double glazing, there are a few telltale signs that you can look out for. 

The most obvious way of knowing that your double glazing has failed is that your windows become cloudy or foggy between the panes of glass.

You can spot earlier signs, too. Water leaking through the window frame of draughts is also an indicator that there is an issue with your double glazing.

What causes cloudy double glazing?

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1. Poorly fitted windows

If your windows were improperly installed, they’ll deteriorate quickly. In extreme cases, they could become cloudy in less than a year. But why does this happen? 

When double glazing is fitted incorrectly, your window panes and frames won’t be suitably aligned. This means your seals won’t last and gaps will form, allowing air and moisture into your panes. 

It’s important to do your research and make sure you choose a highly recommended window fitting company with a proven track record for quality.   

2. Using the wrong products

You’d be surprised at how often double glazing can be damaged by human error alone. Many people use harsh chemical products to clean their windows, which is not only unnecessary but can reduce the effectiveness of your windows.

A simple mixture of warm water and white vinegar is the perfect combination to care for your windows and leave them sparkling for longer. Take a look at our full guide to window maintenance to ensure you’re doing everything you can to preserve the life of your double glazing.

3. Damaged seals

Whether it’s due to poor installation or simply wear and tear, broken or faulty seals are one of the most common causes of cloudy and blown double glazing. 

Windows are affected by weather conditions and will therefore expand and contract when temperatures rise and fall. Although not visible to homeowners, this movement takes its toll on window seals, made worse by poor materials or shoddy craftsmanship.

Damaged seals allow moisture to find its way between the window panes, which is notoriously difficult to remove. Once inside, the moisture causes condensation and means windows will become cloudy.

4. Window age

Time is another factor that plays a part in the health of your double glazing. The date that your double glazing was first installed impacts how well they will perform. Not only because the seals will become less effective over time, but also due to modern fitting methods being more reliable than those in previous years.

How to clear misted double glazed windows

Fixing cloudy double glazing is usually a case of replacing your windows altogether. This can be an expensive endeavour, especially if only one window needs replacing, as most window fitters will require that you buy an entirely new unit. 

This is where we come in.

At Cloudy2Clear, we’ve perfected the technique of repairing faulty double glazing by removing just the pane, not the frame. This method, which we’ve honed over years of service and thousands of happy customers, is not only cheaper but a reliable way to replace faulty double glazing. You can see exactly how much money you could save here.

Our double glazing replacement service is carried out by trained professionals and comes with a 25-year guarantee, so you know you’re in safe hands. Contact your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today for your free, no-obligation quote.