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How to maintain your uPVC windows
If you have got uPVC windows and doors in your home, you might be wondering what you need to do to maintain them. We are here to give you some tips and tricks on the best practices to clean and service your windows to ensure they give you their benefits for the most extended amount of time.
Cleaning frames and glasses
As uPVC products are relatively low maintenance, you don’t need to worry about painting them regularly to keep them looking new. Instead, the weather-resistant windows only need to be cleaned every few months with soap or dishwashing liquid and warm water. If there is some dirt or dust on your frame and glass, this can simply be removed with the above-mentioned mixture. Just ensure that you dry the surface with a cloth or paper towel to avoid water streaks. If your frames get dirty, wipe them off with a clean micro-fibre cloth, and they will look new in no time!
To avoid damaging the surface of the glass and frames, never use any polishing agents. These can destroy the surface, especially if you have a laminated structure. Also, try not to rub too harshly across the surface and instead clean the frame along the length to ensure the design stays undamaged.
No one likes to see scratches on their windows and doors. To avoid these, never use a sharp object to attempt to remove hardened dirt and paint from your glass or frames. We suggest you remove any foreign objects and materials before they harden. If you are unable to do so, try not to use any sharp blades and metal scrapers. Instead, use the warm soapy water we mentioned before and get rid of the dirt gently and safely.
Cover up all your uPVC windows and doors before beginning to renovate your home on the inside or outside. This will prevent any building materials from sticking to the surface and causing damage.
Gasket and opening hardware care
Similarly to your windows and frames, the gasket is also made from high-quality weather and age resistant material, making it easy to clean and maintain. When cleaning your windows, also make sure to remove any dust, dirt and soil from the gasket with the same warm water and wipe it afterwards. Apply silicone oil a few times a year to lengthen the life of your gasket.
Clean all tracks to operate the opening and closing of your windows easily. Ensure ant dust and debris is removed, so the opening hardware doesn’t get caught up in anything, and it is protected from any wear and tear. Complete full maintenance at least once a year, greasing all moving and locking parts with an acid-free lubricant, such as petroleum jelly and add a few drops of light machine oil to all guide slots.
Depending on where you live, your home may be exposed to some corrosive elements in the air, which will increase the number of times you have to clean your uPVC windows and doors if you want to keep them performing their best. If you live close to the sea, a water treatment plant, or in an area with high levels of pollutants in the air, your uPVC products should be maintained every two months. This will prevent any damage to the frames and glasses and ensure you can enjoy using your windows for a long time.
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Eco Tauranga can help you achieve a warm, quiet, and secure home with uPVC double glazing in the whole Tauranga region. If you would like to find out more about the maintenance and cleaning of your uPVC products, we can give you a few additional tips and tricks that will increase the life of your windows and doors!