One of the main reasons why people upgrade to new windows is because they don’t require as much maintenance as older alternatives. For example, uPVC windows won’t warp, rust, or rot in the face of high temperatures, strong winds and heavy rain.
However, you’ll still want your new windows to look their best at all times, which calls for regular cleaning. Here’s some handy tips on how to ensure they remain in top condition for many years to come.
Step-by-step instructions for cleaning window
- Open the window as far as you can. Remove any dirt with a vacuum, making sure you get into every alcove including the hinge or opening mechanism. If you’ve got one, try to use your vacuum’s soft brush nozzle, as this will minimise the risk of scratches.
- Mix a bucket of warm water with washing up liquid and using a soft cloth or sponge, wipe down the window. Do not use scouring pads or cream cleaners because they’ll cause scratches or remove the window’s glossy finish.
- Remove excess water and dry using a clean, non-abrasive cloth such as a tea towel, kitchen roll or old t-shirt.
To achieve a crystal-clear finish on your window panes, create a cleaning solution of 2 cups water, 1/2 cup of liquid soap and 1/4 cup of vinegar. Lightly dip some old newspaper into the cleaning solution and wipe the windows in a circular pattern to remove dirt or smears.
Cleaning and whitening your window frames
There’s a chance that older window panes could lose some of their shine due to a significant build-up of dirt and grime. But it’s easy to bring them back to their original finish:
- Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 4 cups of hot water and pour into a spray bottle.
- Spray the mixture onto the window frames and leave to stand for 10 minutes.
- Use a clean, dry and smooth cloth to wipe down the frames, removing any excess liquid.
You could also use baby wipes, as they contain a delicate cleaning solution. However, do not use cream cleaners or abrasive solutions because they could cause scratches or permanently remove the shiny finish.
How often to clean windows
The frequency with which you clean your windows will probably depend on where you live. For example, if you live in a built-up town or city, there’s a greater chance of dirt and grime accumulating on your windows. If you live in the countryside on the other hand, you might only need to clean your windows once or twice a year.
While it might make sense to clean your windows on a sunny day, this will cause the glass to dry too quickly, resulting in streaks. Therefore, aim to clean your windows on a cloudy day, which should also make it easier to see where you have and haven’t been with your cloth or sponge.
Things like hinges and locks shouldn’t need cleaning or maintenance either. But if you have any issues, be sure to get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.