Whether you are improving your home’s quality or giving it a general update, uPVC windows will improve the value and appearance of your house as well as your own comfort. However, it is important to be aware of the maintenance required to keep these windows in great condition.
What Are uPVC Windows?
uPVC stands for Un-Plasticised Polyvinyl Chloride and is a popular Cheltenham double glazing option. Alongside looking great, uPVC windows are stronger and increasingly longer lasting than wooden or metal windows, as they are weather resistant and will not decompose or lose shape over time. They are also considerably more energy-efficient. uPVC is incredibly versatile and can also be used on doors and conservatories.
Maintaining uPVC Windows
Make sure you regularly check your uPVC windows for leaks, cracks and problems with hinges and locks which impact the windows’ appearance and safety. Applying a lubricant such as WD-40 a few times a year is great for preventing locks and hinges from stiffening.
It is advisable to clean your uPVC window’s frames twice a year to remove dirt and debris using a soft cloth on the outside and a feather duster on the inside. The inner frames can be cleaned by opening the window and using a small brush to remove debris. A vacuum or hose can remove any remaining dirt, whilst a mixture of warm water and washing-up liquid can be applied using a soft cloth. Make sure to use a white cloth to prevent transfer from coloured cloths, and avoid abrasive scrubbing sponges. If stains persist, you can use solvent cleaners available from hardware stores.
Cleaning the Window Glass
According to the Certified Installer Network, glass should be cleaned four to eight times per year. It is best to do this on a cloudy day to prevent sunlight causing the windows to streak. Use clean water and a cloth to clean the glass by wiping it, followed by kitchen towels to dry the glass. You can view examples of quality Cheltenham double glazing online to see different options and designs.
Further Maintenance Tips
Alongside cleaning your windows, you can ensure their long-term performance by preventing water from pooling at the bottom of the frames and lubricating the locks to ensure easy opening.