Our windows and doors often have to endure a lot here in the Dales, such as the torrential rain or beating sunshine, plus a lot more that we often don’t see such as pollution, dirt and other elements. Keeping them clean and tidy is relatively simple but regular upkeep helps them look their best.
As aluminium and UPVC windows are built to be low maintenance, general cleaning with soap and water will usually be enough to keep the dirt at bay.
Start by cleaning the insides of the window or door with a soft sponge or non-abrasive cloth along with warm water and a mild soap solution or washing up liquid. It’s important not to use a scouring pad or a sponge with a scouring pad as this will scratch and mark the surface of the windows or doors.
Do not use solvent cleaners on coloured or wood grain effect UPVC.
Maintaining your timber windows and doors
Much like aluminium and UPVC windows and doors, timber frames can be easily cleaned with warm soapy water and a micro-fibre cloth along with vacuuming dust and dirt from corners and hinges. If your windows or doors are made from treated timber, such as the wood we use, this only needs to be done approximately twice a year, depending on location, to keep the material looking and performing at its best. For any more stubborn stains, apply a small dab of washing up liquid followed by a rinse of water.
On the glass of your windows and doors, whatever they are made of, use a general glass cleaner but avoid where possible, getting any on the frames.
To clean the hinges, open the door or window as far as it will go to the point of resistance and vacuum any dust build up then dust around the edges of the frame. You should not notice any squeaking coming from your hinges so if you do, it’s best to use a 3 in 1 oil. Do not use WD40, this is a common misconception and this will actually strip any existing lubricants out, that were already in place. It is best to use a graphite spray in the lock, but ensure that it’s a lubricant that is specific for door locks.