uPVC is renowned for its low maintenance, yet uPVC windows, equipped with movable components, require periodic lubrication. They are susceptible to gathering airborne dirt, debris, and sticky spider webs, much like any outdoor item. Therefore, it is crucial to wipe them with a damp cloth in and around the frames to ensure smooth operation.
While standard white double-glazed windows may resemble ordinary plastic, energy-efficient uPVC windows undergo a sophisticated manufacturing process, incorporating substantial technological advancements from design to completion. The notable advantage of uPVC lies in the ability to maintain the windows' pristine appearance for years with minimal effort and without the need for costly chemicals or paints.
The highest quality double-glazed windows boast a specially designed multi-chamber structure and a high-quality external finish. The impeccable finish of the PVC material makes each window easy to maintain, preventing dirt and dust from becoming ingrained.
When maintaining uPVC window frames, a simple wipe-down with a damp cloth soaked in water is usually sufficient. Stubborn dirt or stains may require a specialized uPVC cleaner, but abrasive or chemical cleaners should be avoided to prevent damage to the smooth window surface. The use of alternative cleaning products can lead to micro-scratches, collecting dirt and complicating future cleaning efforts.
For foiled and woodgrain double-glazed windows, which offer design and color flexibility, regular cleaning with a damp cloth (and mild detergent if necessary) is recommended to maintain their appearance. Avoiding abrasive cleaners or solvent-based products is crucial, as these can weaken the bond between foil finishes and the uPVC window substrate, leading to failure, peeling, and discoloration.
When cleaning window glass, choosing the right conditions, such as a dry, dull, overcast day, is advised to prevent streaks from drying window cleaning water. Using gentle cleaning products, like a glass window cleaner or mild detergent in warm water, along with a soft cloth or sponge, ensures effective removal of debris and dirt. Self-cleaning glass may also require occasional wiping with water, but caution is necessary to avoid damaging special coatings.
To prevent blockages, it's essential to remove excess debris carefully before it enters drainage holes. Regular cleaning of uPVC window frame drainage holes, using a brush or vacuum, helps maintain proper drainage.
Maintaining window hardware and hinges involves ensuring correct lubrication of locking mechanisms and seals with silicone-based lubricant. Using a wet cloth to clean window handles and hinges, along with wiping down frames using only water or a very mild color-free detergent, is recommended. Avoid using WD40 or heavy oil to lubricate windows, locks, or hinges.
Fortunately, cleaning window frames and hardware doesn't require frequent attention, with a recommended interval of every three to four months. Well-maintained uPVC double-glazed windows and doors not only look great but also contribute to energy efficiency, leading to long-lasting cost savings. If concerns about window damage arise or assistance is needed, don't hesitate to contact our team at 01249 655077.
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