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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

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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.