How To Maintain Your Conservatory Or OrangeryPublished on 6th May 2015
There’s no denying that spring has well and truly sprung, so it is, inevitably, time to get out the rubber gloves and make a start on the big spring clean. Maintaining your conservatory or orangery is all part of that.
Now, the good news is that if you’re an Apropos customer, the biggest job has already been done for you; our polyester powder-coated aluminium frames don’t actually need any maintenance. Like everywhere else in the house, they may need a dust, or to be wiped down with a damp cloth in homes where sticky fingers or muddy paws reside, but unlike wooden frames, there’s no need for sanding, staining, sealing or painting. Our structures are guaranteed for 10 years, so the glass sealant shouldn’t be peeling, the glazing shouldn’t be blown (if there any problems give us a call!) and unlike uPVC, there’s no way that the frames will have warped. However, there are still things that need to be done, if you want your glazed extension to be at its best.
- Clear your gutters – As well as leading to unsightly leaks, clogged gutters are more easily damaged. Taking time to empty them saves time and money in the long term.
- Clean the roof – If you have Pilkington Activ Clear, the glass will clean itself, but you may still need to remove plant matter. Safety first: never, ever stand or lean on a glazed roof. With a sturdy ladder and pressure washer you should be able to do this yourself, but if in doubt call your local window cleaner.
- Clean the windows – Washing up liquid and water is just as effective as a dedicated cleaner.
- Clean the frame – Again, warm soapy water should do the job.
- Time it right – A bright breezy day is the best time to clean your conservatory; if well ventilated, glass will dry more quickly and cleanly.
- Check the locks – Locks, hinges and handles are the most easily damaged part of a conservatory or orangery. Lubricate with WD40 if needed.
- Check door rollers – If a door is sticking, clear any debris from the tracks or rollers but do not oil the rollers or tracks. A good vacuum will normally do the trick. If the problem persists, contact your manufacturer.
- Clean internal glass – Warm soapy water will be fine for most glass types, but do check your manual before you begin as certain specialist glass requires specialist treatment.