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The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining uPVC Windows

uPVC windows are a popular choice for homeowners due to their durability, energy efficiency, and low maintenance requirements. To ensure your windows stay in top condition and continue to enhance the aesthetics of your home, we recommend you follow a regular cleaning and maintenance routine.

Here's our guide on how to clean uPVC windows and frames.


Cleaning uPVC Windows

1. Gather Your Supplies

Before you start cleaning, gather the necessary supplies. You'll need a mild detergent or specialised uPVC cleaner, a bucket, a soft sponge or cloth, a soft-bristle brush, and a hose or a bucket of water for rinsing.

Do not use steel wool, scouring pads or anything with a scouring surface as this will cause scratches to your window frames.


2. Remove Loose Dirt

Begin by removing loose dirt and debris from the window frame and sash using a soft brush or a dry cloth. This helps prevent scratching during the cleaning process.


3. Prepare the Cleaning Solution

Mix a small amount of mild detergent or uPVC cleaner with water in the bucket. Try and avoid using abrasive cleaners or solvents, as they can damage the surface of your windows.

Do not use any of the following on your uPVC window frames;

  • Glass cleaner

  • Bleach, methylated spirits, white spirits or WD40

  • Cream cleaners, scouring powder or other abrasive cleaners

  • Caustic or ammonia-based cleaning agents

It's also important to not that cellulose thinners will melt plastic so avoid these.


4. Clean the Frames and Sashes

Dip the sponge or cloth into the cleaning solution and gently scrub the window frames and sashes. Pay extra attention to any stubborn stains or marks. For hard-to-reach areas, use a soft-bristle brush. Avoid using excessive force to prevent any potential damage.


5. Rinse Thoroughly

Once you've cleaned the frames and sashes, rinse them thoroughly with clean water. A hose or a bucket of water will suffice. Ensure that all soap residue is removed to prevent streaking and promote a clear view.


6. Dry the Windows

Use a dry, soft cloth or chamois to dry the windows and prevent water spots. Wipe both the frames and the glass for a streak-free finish.

How To Remove Yellow Stains From uPVC Windows

If you are wondering how you remove yellow stains from uPVC, then there is a simple trick that you can use. Simply mix equal parts of water and white vinegar, and then apply it to the stains with a soft cloth. To finish wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Remember, the key is gentle cleaning to avoid any damage to your windows. After cleaning, rinse the windows with clean water and dry them with a soft, lint-free cloth to prevent water spots.

If you take the time to regularly clean your uPVC window frames using these methods, it will maintain the appearance of your windows and extend their lifespan.


Maintaining uPVC Windows


1. Lubricate Moving Parts

Apply a silicone-based lubricant to hinges, handles, and any other moving parts to ensure smooth operation. This helps prevent friction-related damage and extends the lifespan of your windows.


2. Be Mindful of Surroundings

Trim any overgrown vegetation or bushes near the windows to prevent scratches and damage. This also helps maintain a clear path for natural light.


By incorporating these cleaning and maintenance tips into your routine, you'll not only keep your uPVC windows looking pristine, but also extend their lifespan and ensure they continue to provide excellent functionality. Regular care is the key to preserving the beauty and performance of your windows for years to come.

Cleaning your uPVC windows regularly will help maintain their appearance and lifespan


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