uPVC WINDOWS - CLEANING
Maintenance & Cleaning uPVC Window Frames
uPVC window frames are strong and durable and need far less maintenance than timber frame window frames which need to be continually sanded, varnished and painted to maintain it's integrity as a window frame. However, uPVC window frames are not non-maintenance. Like many things in modern houses today. They are designed to be long lasting but can only live up to that claim with a small degree of attention.
The main thing to remember is to clean the uPVC with only soapy water and a sponge. Do not use detergents; and defintely don't use a detergent with a scouring pad. You might think you are getting at that dirt but you are also scratching and damaging the uPVC. A bit of elbow grease is all it needs.
Also be sure to check over the window frame both inside and outside once in a while for loose screws or other faults. One of the few dangers to vinyl on the outside of the house is due to its lightness. If the wind gets under it then it can get pulled partly away from the wall.
uPVC Cleaning Products
On our REVIEWS page we look at a selection of opinions about cleaning products for uPVC. Many housewives recommend using Jif/Cif to remove marks and stains on uPVC. Other people recommend Astonish, Flash Mark and Stain Eraser. This site takes no responsibility for the advice given by others here. It is always best to consult your dealer or manufacturer to find out what cleaning product they recommend to use to clean your uPVC windows.
Another suggestion is to use baby wipes. This is a good idea because it is vital to use a soft material for cleaning. Never use a rough cleaner as it will scratch the uPVC.
For maintenance, especially to repair scratches there are uPVC gloss products which you can paint over the damaged uPVC. Again this site is only passing on this information rather then endorsing using uPVC gloss.
Expert advice about uPVC cleaning products is often available at homestores or DIY stores where the staff have specialist information to impart to customers. This obviously not the case at dollar, pound or bargain shops that have cheaper cleaning products but no one qualified to explain the relative merits of the products available for purchase.
Often your uPVC windows will be on the second floor of your house on installed in a skylight. This makes the glass hard to reach. One useful item of equipment to reach these hard to get to windows is a Hi Reach Cleaning Kit with a 10-foot Extension Pole. Click here to find out more.
Many people recommend cleaning uPVC frames with a solution of four parts warm water and one part white vinegar. Simply put the solution in a spray bottle and spray onto the uPVC or vinyl frame. Allow to sit for two minutes before wiping it off with a clean, damp cloth.
If you have a stain on your uPVC don't be tempted to use a scouring pad or wire brush. uPVC scratches easily. The best thing to do is to use is a PVC gloss. Apply the gloss with a small paint brush. Be sure to wipe away any excess gloss with a paper towel and make sure not to get any gloss on the glass. Allow the gloss to dry. Afterwards, your uPVC windows will look shiny and new. PVC gloss is also a good way to hide scratches to uPVC.
Cleaning the Glass in uPVC Windows
Although there are plenty of glass cleaning products on the market they are unnecessary and often over time leave a residue on the glass. The best methods are the old tried and tested methods. One of the most recommended methods is to add half a cup of white vinegar to one gallon of water. Apply with a soft cloth. Remove excess water with a squeegee. Don't wash windows with direct sunlight on them because the cleaning fluid will dry too quickly and be less effective. To dry the glass use a piece of newspaper or a soft cloth. Alternatively, you can make up a mixture of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. For this use a quarter cup of white vinegar with 2 cups of water.
Instead of white vinegar it is equally as effective to squeeze some lemon juice into water and use this mixture to clean the glass.
Other methods include sprinkling baking soda onto a damp cloth and wiping the glass; and adding club soda to water and using the mixture to clean the glass.