uPVC windows are one of the most common forms of frames nowadays. They are recognised for their energy efficiency, soundproofing capabilities, and security measures.
White uPVC windows are the most common colour option for houses, mostly due to the reduced cost and the minimalistic appeal. As appealing as they may look, their crisp white appearance is bound to get battered by the weather and fade over time.
In this article, we’ll show you how to clean uPVC windows (see also ‘Can You Paint UPVC Doors And Windows?‘) to bring them back to their former glory. Let’s dive in!
Things you’ll need
- Warm water
- Spray bottle
- Window lubricant
- White vinegar
- A soft cloth
Steps to clean uPVC windows
Hinges are the most difficult element of a to clean since they are not easily accessible, but here’s how to do it quickly and easily:
- Opening the
Start by opening the as wide as you can. While doing so, make sure you don’t break the hinge.
Remove any and from the hinge mechanism with the help of a vacuum cleaner. For this process, the ideal vacuum nozzle would be the one equipped with a soft dusting brush, as it will prevent you from scratching the surrounding area while you are it.
Once the hinge is clean, it is essential to make its movement smoother if your is a touch stiff to open or close. You can do so with the help of specific lubricants or multi purpose oil.
The first step is to wide open the for easy . Having it at a 45 degree angle ensures best visibility allowing you to clean off all those light stains.
Vacuum the inside of the , to remove any accumulated and . Make sure you use the vacuum in a to-and-fro motion and not point it at one spot for an extended period of time. Doing this can damage the pane edge.
- Be aware of growth
While spray. the , always look out for moulds. Mold can readily accumulate on the edges and should be properly cleaned in order to prevent it from spreading and worsening the material. To prevent the growth of , one can use specialised
Now remove the from the surface by wiping it with a clean or . Allowing a consistent flow of fresh air will also help to maintain the space by keeping it free of moisture and preventing the growth of in the region. Thus, we advise against keeping the windows closed for an extended period of time.
- Tip : DIY Chemical Spray
One can easily make the anti- growth spray at home by using one part bleach and three parts warm in a . Here’s how.
- Prepare the liquid
Take a bowl of warm and a few drops of dishwashing liquid in the same container to make the formula.
- Wipe the
With the help of a formula and a soft or , wipe the with soft hands in order to clear the fingerprints or accumulated on the .
- Removing Excess Water
Wipe away excess droplets on the with the help of a dry towel, kitchen roll, or .
- Final Touch
To get rid of those smears and streaks on your with the newspaper in a circular motion. panes, use a newspaper soaked in a solution made of 1/4th cup , ½ cup of , and ½ cup dishwashing liquid mixed together. For , wipe the
Things to Avoid
When you employ the wrong uPVC windows by scratching them or destroying the shine from their surface. To be certain that you’re utilising materials that are acceptable for the task at hand, while a , stay away from products such as: techniques or chemicals, you can quickly cause irreparable damage to your
- Scouring pads and abrasive cleaners
- White spirit
- WD40 (Wood Degreaser)
- Iron wool
What materials should I use to clean uPVC?
When uPVC windows, it’s crucial to use non-abrasive tools and chemicals to avoid scratching the surface. Although a or dampened in will be effective in removing most of the filth, specialised uPVC chemicals are also effective if you want to remove even the most tenacious layers of off uPVC surfaces.
Do I need a professional to ?
Because uPVC is such a low-maintenance material, you should be able to keep your windows sparkling without the assistance of a professional, providing that you utilise the proper procedures and products.
If you are concerned about harming your windows, then you should seek the help of a professional .
How can I polish scratches out of uPVC?
Using a soft , apply a little quantity of a brass cleanser that contains petroleum distillate and ammonium hydroxide to the brass surface. Apply a few drops of brass cleanser to the and gently wipe the scratch with it in a circular motion, as if you were polishing the brass.
The fact that uPVC windows are weather resistant does not keep them from collecting and losing their lustre with time. However, with the correct technique and supplies, you can restore them to their condition in no time.
Because uPVC windows are resistant to the bulk of ordinary filth, they will not only save you money on energy, but they will also save you time.
After reading through this guide on , you should be able to restore the glory of your house and be proud of the uPVC features on your windows.
Looking for more info on high quality, well-maintained windows?
Check out our guide to FENSA, the UK’s government appointed organisation that makes sure building regulations for replacement windows and doors are properly followed.
Hi, Matt here! I started out almost 20 years ago as a teenager working in the family business fitting doors, windows and conservatories. I now run this website to share the best tips and advice for anyone looking to get a good deal on double glazing.