Spring Clean.Published on 21st March 2014
When it’s brand new and squeaky clean any glass structure can look amazing, but when faced with the rigors of everyday life, it doesn’t take long for the sheen to wear off. Sticky fingers, smudgy nose-prints (of cats, dogs and, frequently, children!), dust, grime and general wear and tear soon take their toll, so it’s worth rolling up your sleeves and giving your glass a spring clean.
If you happen to have an Apropos structure, you’re already half way there, as the aluminium frame will require far less maintenance than its uPVC or wooden contemporaries, but if you want to keep it looking its very best, here are a few tips to get you started.
Essential Window and Glazed Extension Cleaning Tips
- Safety first – If your roof glass is self-cleaning (Pilkington ActivClear) it should need very little maintenance, but if something has adhered to the surface do remember that glass roofs were not designed to take human weight, so invest in a telescopic brush and a good ladder.
- Start from the top and work your way down – There’s nothing more annoying than splattering gleaming glass with the contents of your guttering, so remove all the gutter debris, hose it down and leave it to dry before you embark on the next step.
- Clean the frame work – If your window or extension has an Apropos polyester powder coated aluminium frame, warm soapy water and a soft sponge should be enough to make your frame shine. Never use abrasive chemicals. Wooden frames may need staining or sealing.
- Externals done, start on the glass – Any window cleaning solution will do for your glazing. Use a soft cloth and work methodically from the top down to avoid streaks.
- Repeat indoors – In poorly ventilated areas, mould and mildew can build up on the inside of glass, so they’ll be in equal need of a clean. Do consult manufacturer’s guidelines to avoid damaging weather seals with chemical cleaners, though. If in doubt use soapy water.
- Hinges and locks – While you’re cleaning, treat the locks and rollers with a WD40 tipple and clear debris from sliding door tracks. A little maintenance now can go a long way later.
- If all else fails, hire a man who can!
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