The Easy Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining Your uPVC Doors and Windows

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If you have recently had uPVC doors and windows installed for your home, whether they are replacing old doors and windows or are for a completely new abode, you should know how to care for and maintain them properly.

Fortunately, there is not much effort that goes into maintaining uPVC doors and windows. Unlike traditional wooden or steel frames, uPVC does not warp, rot, or rust, and it is incredibly sturdy and durable, making it ideal for even the most extreme weather conditions. An added bonus is the fact that uPVC doors and windows do not need to be repainted after every five years, compared to wooden or steel doors and windows. But, of course, you know that already, hence your choice.

However, when it comes to the cleaning and maintenance of your uPVC doors and windows, especially if you just recently had them installed by Swish Windows, you still have to know what to do so you can prolong their lifespan and make use of them for years to come.

Cleaning your uPVC doors and windows:

Regular cleaning and maintenance

When it comes to the regular cleaning of the glass and glazing of your uPVC windows, all you need is warm water with a bit of dishwashing soap or a good-quality cleaner. In order to prevent the window glass from being scratched, it is better to use a soft cloth. Wear gloves and remove all your jewellery so you do not inadvertently scratch the glass as well. Double-glazed windows are designed with a drainage system to let water flow out, so for double-glazed windows, make sure that the drainage slots located at the exterior are always clear and free from dirt or debris.

For cleaning the uPVC frame itself, use a gentle, non-abrasive detergent. If there are any stubborn markings on the frame, remove them with a cream cleaner. Under no circumstances should you use steam cleaning or use cleaners which are abrasive as they can damage the frame. If your window frames have a wood grain finish or are coloured, just wash them with soapy water.

Quarterly maintenance

For quarterly cleaning and maintenance, you can make use of oil such as WD-40 and apply it on the hinges and locks. To clean the hinges, apply a drop of oil to all the pivots and then wipe it off with a dry cloth. Check to see if all the fittings and screws are secure as well. For residential doors, the keeps, which are located inside the frames, should be applied with a coat of petroleum jelly or a similar material for lubrication. If your doors and windows have any metal parts, especially those located at the exterior, oil and clean them every quarter. Make sure that you do not apply any oil or other lubrication to the actual locking cylinder where you insert your key as it is already filled with grease.

The good news is that uPVC windows and doors are designed to last for more than 25 years. As you can see, cleaning and maintaining your uPVC doors and windows is relatively easy. With the simplest materials and the right amount of care, you can certainly make use of your specially designed uPVC doors and windows for many years to come.