Carry out your own uPVC cleaning

Posted on January 17, 2015 by adam in Carpet Cleaning
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Whites are meant to be white and uPVC windows are no different.  I have been cleaning uPVC window frames and conservatories  in Glossop and Buxton for several years. I get asked a lot about UPVC cleaning, particularly how to get plastic window frames and conservatories clean. Typically double glazed windows have uPVC or PVC frames. When they are new they are a bright white and look really great but over time they fade or become discoloured. Bird droppings can be particularly harmful and it is important that you wipe that off as soon as you see it, as long as you can reach of course.

I use professional cleaning products that are specifically for cleaning uPVC. But I know a lot of people like to DIY and clean them themselves so I thought I would share some tips on how to keep your UPVC looking like new.

There are some low cost products available over the counter, a lot of people use boat and caravan cleaner and the old favourite Astonish, who have bought out a uPVC specific product. I also know plenty of people who use Cif but I wouldn’t recommend using something so abrasive. In truth uPVC is pretty easy to clean, like anything else, it just takes time.  uPVC is actually quite low maintenance and can cope with all the types of weather that is thrown at it but over time dirt and grime will just build up and that’s the time to break out the rubber gloves.

There are also some products to avoid so I’m going to start with those.  In no particular order white spirit, methylated spirits (meths),bleach, WD 40M, nail varnish remover, and most definitely, avoid scouring pads. This things can damage your uPVC windows, they can discolour it, remove the factory finish oh and whatever you do use, don’t apply too much pressure.

Once you’ve cleaned your window frames why not clean the glass. Before you do open the window and vacuum all the vents, really try and get in the nooks and crannies to remove dirt and fluff. If your vacuum cleaner has a brush nozzle use that to prevent scratching the uPVC. Then using a bucket of warm soapy water (washing up liquid is fine) and a sponge, not a scourer, wipe down the dirty windows. Dry them with a tea towel, kitchen roll or a clan rag, just make sure it’s non abrasive. And a very old tip for removing smears, try rubbing it with a scrunched up newspaper.