Windows 101: Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

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Proper maintenance and cleaning of your windows not only enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal but also extend your windows’ longevity. Sheerwater Glass is here to provide a comprehensive guide on how to maintain and clean your uPVC windows effectively, with a specific focus on extending their lifespan.

uPVC windows are popular among homeowners due to their durability, low maintenance, and cost-effectiveness. On average, uPVC windows can last between 20 to 25 years. However, with proper care and maintenance, their lifespan can be extended up to 35 to 40 years, providing excellent value for your investment.

Let’s delve into some helpful tips.

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Regular Cleaning

Regular cleaning is crucial for maintaining the look and functionality of your uPVC windows. Dust, dirt, and grime can build up over time, impacting the clarity of your glass and the smooth operation of your windows. Aim to clean your windows at least twice a year, but more if you live in a city or near the coast where they can become dirtier quicker.

Use a mix of warm water and mild detergent for the frames, a commercial window cleaning solution, or a homemade mix of white vinegar and water for the glass. Use a soft cloth or a non-abrasive sponge to avoid scratches. Always dry your windows after cleaning to prevent water spots. According to several studies, regular cleaning can add up to 5 to 10 years to the lifespan of your windows.

Inspect Seals and Weather Stripping

Inspect the seals around your uPVC windows regularly to ensure they’re in good condition. The seals keep cold air out and warm air in, improving your home’s energy efficiency. If you notice drafts around your windows, it might be time to replace the seals.

Similarly, check the weather stripping around your windows. Damaged or worn-out weather stripping can lead to heat loss, impacting your energy bills and potentially reducing the lifespan of your windows.

Ensure Proper Ventilation

Condensation can form on windows if there’s excessive moisture inside your home. Over time, this moisture can cause mould growth or even damage the window frames. To prevent this, ensure your home is adequately ventilated. Use extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms, and consider using a dehumidifier if you notice a lot of condensation. This step is especially important for uPVC windows, as they are more prone to condensation due to their excellent insulation properties.

Lubricate the Hardware

The hardware of your windows, including hinges, latches, and locks, should be lubricated once a year. This will keep them operating smoothly and prolong their lifespan. Before applying a silicone-based lubricant, clean these parts to remove any dirt or grime.

Check for Damages Regularly

Inspect your windows for any signs of damage regularly. Look for cracks or chips in the glass, as these can weaken the window. Also, check for any damage to the frames, such as warping. If you find any damage, it’s important to address it as soon as possible to prevent further issues.

Hire Professionals When Needed

Some maintenance tasks, like replacing seals or repairing damaged frames, might require professional help. Sheerwater Glass is always here to assist you with any window maintenance tasks. Regular professional inspections can also help catch any potential issues early before they become major problems. Plus, these regular check-ups can add another 5 to 10 years to the life of your windows.

Proper maintenance and cleaning can significantly extend the lifespan of your uPVC windows and keep them looking their best. Follow these tips from Sheerwater Glass to keep your windows in top condition year-round.

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