uPVC is known as one of the best materials to use for window and door frames because of its low maintenance and ability to keep our homes warm and draught free. However, we want this great product to continue looking its best throughout the years, so here at Cloudy2Clear, we’ve outlined some easy maintenance and cleaning tips for your uPVC frames.
Best ways to clean uPVC window and door frames
– Open windows and doors fully, as we can often be guilty of missing the inside of our frames, which tend to have the largest build-up of grime and dirt. This can cause windows to be stiff and potentially cause more detrimental issues in the long-run
– You could even use the brush function on your vacuum cleaner to remove the initial layer of dirt, as long as the bristles are soft and are less likely to cause damage to your frames
– As with all cleaning, keep on top of it! Simply wiping your frames down with warm, soapy water on a regular basis, with a deep clean every month or so, will keep those frames gleaming white and the envy of all your neighbours
– Using soft cloths or non-abrasive kitchen roll to wipe down your frames. Always make sure you remove all moisture, as leaving any excess can cause mould
Best products to use when cleaning uPVC window frames
– Specialist uPVC cleaners, which tend to come in the form of a paste or cream. This is recommended if your windows haven’t been cleaned in a while and have built-up a particularly large amount of dirt and grime
– Others swear by using washing up liquid; however, this may not be a strong enough cleaner for frames which have been neglected for a while, particularly if you’re moving into a new home
– If you’re into natural methods and would rather avoid manufactured chemicals altogether, try a mixture of vinegar and hot water. Using this as a spray, you can simply leave on your frames for around 10 – 15 minutes, then wipe off with a clean, soft cloth. Minimal elbow-grease is required, and your homemade mixture won’t leave a chemical smell behind
– If you have grey or coloured frames, try not to use any chemicals that could cause the colour to change or lighten. Stick to those products with a more natural feel or simply make your own formula
– During the winter, snow can leave residue on your frames and outdoor sills, so it might require further cleaning during this period, as well as a little more elbow grease!
Things to avoid when cleaning uPVC window frames
– Bleach, white spirits, methylated spirits, nail varnish remover – at all costs. No matter what the forums say or what advice your mum gives you, these products can and will damage your uPVC frames, as well as your paintwork on window sills, or wallpaper surrounding them
– Products with dyes in them – this includes washing up liquid, so make sure you check the label
– Abrasive scourers or sponges that could potentially scratch your frames. As we mentioned before, even kitchen roll can sometimes be too rough for uPVC, so make sure you’re confident in the type you’re using
– Even non-abrasive material can cause subtle damage if scrubbing too harshly, so treat your frames gently
When cleaning your frames, if you notice that your windows are cloudy or misted up, as if there is condensation between the panes, make sure you contact your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today. We offer double glazed door repairs where we can replace just the pane, which means you keep those gleaming frames.