Conservatories are a valuable asset to any home. Location, Location, Location’s very own Phil Spencer has even estimated that a well-maintained conservatory can add 7%-11% to the value of your property. With such a huge bearing on your house price, it is incredibly important to keep your investment in tip-top shape. A clean and tidy conservatory also has the added benefit of letting more light in with less occlusion from dirt and dust. To make sure you get the most out of your conservatory, orangery or glass extension, here is our professional conservatory cleaning guide.
The biggest concern is obviously the glass and glazing. Making up the majority of your extension, good glass care can ensure your windows let in more light, look brilliant and bring you and your family years of lazy, sunny afternoons.
Your choice of glass can also influence how often you need to clean the windows. More advanced glazing systems often include a self-cleaning glaze to minimise the time needed for cleaning. Routine care also makes it easier to keep on top of your conservatory. Conservatories often need a little bit more care than the rest of your home so here are a few handy tips.
Firstly, don’t clean your windows on a sunny day. The heat from the sun can cause windows to dry out too quickly and leave streaks and marks.
Once you’ve got a cloudy afternoon, and a bit of time, use a bucket of warm, soapy water. Washing up liquid or vinegar is ideal for glass.
Use a soft cloth or a sponge to clean the windows.
You should avoid using any bleach, cream-based detergents or scouring pads. These can be too abrasive for your glass and potentially damage the glazing.
Once you’ve cleaned the window pane, remove any excess water with a clean tea towel, rag, kitchen roll or newspaper.
To really achieve crystal-clear glass, mix two cups of water with a ¼ cup of vinegar and a ½ cup of liquid soap. Lightly dip some newspaper into the solution and wipe your windows in a circular pattern. Wipe off excess moisture with a clean rag to prevent streaks and marks forming.
This process can be quick and easy, take it one pane at a time and you’ll find maintaining your glass is easier than you think.
Maintaining Locks, Hinges and Handles
Locks, hinges and handles don’t usually require as much maintenance as the rest of your conservatory. They do need attention every now and then, especially if the mechanisms squeak or feel stiff.
Be sure to use a light lubricant like WD40 or petroleum jelly on the moving parts. You will only need a small amount. While applying the lubricant be sure to keep it away from your windows as it will mark the glazing and make your job twice as hard.
Cleaning Window Frames
Older uPVC frames can lose their lustre with the build-up of dirt and grime. However, all is not lost. Approach your frames in much the same way you would the windows.
We recommend mixing 1 cup of vinegar into 4 cups of hot water and pouring it into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the uPVC and leave it to stand for 10 minutes. Come back and use a clean, dry and smooth cloth or rag to wipe down and remove any excess moisture.
Alternatively, you can use baby wipes for a delicate clean or specialist uPVC cleaning products for more in-depth jobs.
Whatever you do, don’t use cream-based cleaners or abrasive cleaning products as these will scratch the top layer and damage the glossy finish.
Looking after Door & Window Seals
Seal discolouration is inevitable over time. However, if you find any damage to the seals themselves be sure to contact the glazing installers to find out what sealant should be used. If the damage is extensive, it’s best to call in the experts. Refitting windows, seals and doors can turn your draughty conservatory into a cosy sun trap.
Cleaning Blinds and Curtains
Blinds and curtains are often overlooked but they can hide the bulk of the dirt, cobwebs and dead insects. Regular vacuuming can minimise your workload but you’ll need several hose fittings to reach the nooks and crannies.
As for the blinds themselves, you can reduce your workload by regularly opening and closing them. A breeze will prevent them from becoming havens for insects and dust. If left untreated they can exacerbate any allergies to hay fever. A deep clean will still be necessary even with regular care.
To clean wood or straw blinds use a duster, vacuum cleaner or hairdryer. To clean Venetian blinds use a damp cloth to wipe them down before drying thoroughly.
These cleaning tips and tricks will help you stay on top of your conservatory and ensure it will treat you as well as you treat it. If you’re thinking of installing a conservatory or would like to refurbish your current conservatory, contact Stormclad today. We have years of experience bringing joy and light to homes around the East Midlands and look forward to helping you get the most out of your property.