Tips On Maintaining UPVC Windows
Many homes these days have windows which are made from UPVC (Un-Plasticized Polyvinyl Chloride). This is because the material offers several key benefits to the homeowner. Such benefits include: minimal heat loss, reduced noise pollution, rot resistance, recyclability, weather resistance, strength, and durability. They are also quite easy to maintain. Below are five tips that will help you maintain your UPVC windows in good condition to make them last longer.
Ensure You Clean the Window Frames
In order to avoid a build-up of dirt, dust, cobwebs, old lubricants and other impurities, you need to take time out to clean your window frames regularly. Only use soft cleaning agents so they do not damage your windows. To clean your windows, you may use a vacuum cleaner if possible, or use a soft cloth soaked in washing up liquid, to clean the frames thoroughly. Window frames may be cleaned at least once a month to keep them clean and presentable.
Clean the Glass
The next thing to do is clean the glass on your windows. When doing this, ensure that you do not clean them in direct sunlight because this may cause a streaky result. To begin, use a damp cloth to wipe the windows so as to remove a dirt easily. Afterwards, you may use either of the two methods of cleaning: glass cleaner or e-cloths. These two methods produce good results when carried out properly.
Glass cleaners are a solution which can be sprayed directly onto your windows. A soft cloth of good quality is then used to wipe the glass. E-cloths do not require the use of cleaning products and usually come in packs of two- one for cleaning and the other for drying.
PVC Solvent Cleaner
In case you encounter any particularly stubborn spots on your windows, it is advised to use PVC solvent cleaner which is specially designed for windows made from PVC or UPVC. Do not use it with any harsh or abrasive cleaning agents such as scouring pads, iron sponges, and others, so as to avoid damaging your windows. Ammonia-based cleaners are also not recommended because they may cause damage to UPVC materials.
Carry out Maintenance Procedures Regularly
The recommended time interval for maintenance checks is at least 2-3 times a year. Things to take note of are the hinges of your windows, the surrounding area of the window or frame and the locking point. Other parts may be checked too, so as to ensure that your windows are in good state and remain secure. Lubricants may be applied when necessary to avoid creaking hinges and windows getting stuck. The window handles should also be checked to ensure they move easily. If they don’t, apply some oil to the key while the windows are closed, and insert the key into the handle lock, moving it around gently to lubricate the inner lock.
Be sure to go over the tips above carefully to keep your windows in good condition for your safety and home security.