Personally, I don’t think you can beat the natural beauty of wooden doors and windows. Yes, they require regular maintenance, which is why more and more homeowners are swicthing to UPVC windows and doors.
Even the house builders are opting to install UPVC doors and windows from the off as they’re practical, cost less and so much easier to install.
They’re also very easy to clean and require very little maintenance. UPVC is weather-proof and can withstand anything the British climate can throw at it.
To put it simply, UPVC is perfect for the UK where we can see heavy rain. But while it is low maintenance, you do still need to keep it clean!
Maintaining UPVC doors and windows
To be honest, all you really need to to do is give your UPVC the occasional wipe, but generally, repainting and weather-proofing is not a necessity like it is with wood.
In some cases, older UPVC can start looking a little grimy and moulds/mildew can form on the surface. However, in such cases, there’s nothing stopping you bringing it back to its original finish.
People tend to have their own grumbles when it comes to cleaning UPVC door and windows, but the important thing to remember is to never use any abrasive cleaning solutions or sponges, so that you don’t take off/scratch the top layer or ‘shiny’ finish. It scratches very easily, trust me!
There are specific cleaning products made especially for UPVC and Lazy Susan would always advise you purchase them!
However, we were recently recommended a low cost environmentally sound way to clean dirty UPVC by a friend and it has worked pretty well on my front door and window frames…
You simply mix 1 part vinegar to 4 parts hot water, pour the mixture into a sprayer and spray it on the UPVC. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and then wipe with a clean and smooth cloth.
If your UPVC windows/doors have lost some of their glossy sheen, there’s also some great products that can be applied to bring it back.
I have also heard of people using baby wipes or their powder laundry detergent to clean their UPVC without any problems. To be honest, you can clean most things with baby wipes, our children are no longer babies, but we still buy them as they are great for any delicate cleaning jobs!
This is a great video from Woodies DIY that show’s you how to clean and rejuvenate your UPVC windows, transfroming weathered and dirty windows back to brilliant white:
People are prone to making some mistakes when cleaning their UPVC windows and doors and these mistakes can be costly. Some of the more common mistakes are as follows:
- Using the wrong cleaning agents on your UPVC doors and windows can cause serious damage, so only use products designed for the job in hand.
- Attempting to paint UPVC Doors and windows is a big no no.
- Scratching UPVC door and window frames is a disaster as unlike timber, they can’t be filled and re-painted.
- Not carrying out regular maintenance on the moving parts of the frames with regular checks and lubrication
So just keep your eye on them and when it comes to cleaning UPVC windows and doors, make sure you avoid harsh cleaning products and never paint them.
And if I had to nail my flag to the mast and name a good range of UPVC cleaning products, then I’d say stick with Thompson’s… Their UPVC Restorer is great for removing ingrained dirt without scratching!
Take this advice on board and I guarantee your clean UPVC windows and doors will reward you by being pretty much trouble free for the duration of the time that you have them in your home.