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One of the (many) reasons that uPVC doors have become so popular in the last few decades is that they are extremely low maintenance. Gone are the days of having to frequently mend and repaint rotting or warping doors – consumers today can enjoy the easy life by opting for a low-maintenance uPVC door, and get great energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness as a bonus.
However, low maintenance doesn’t necessarily mean no maintenance. All materials require some upkeep to keep them functioning optimally, and uPVC is no exception.
While this material doesn’t require much maintenance when compared to other door materials, there are a few things you can do to keep your door looking great and functioning as it should.
You might be wondering why it is necessary at all to clean your uPVC doors, given their reputation for being low maintenance. There are a few reasons why making a habit of regularly cleaning your door is beneficial.
The first reason is the most obvious – because a clean door looks better! Cleaning your door every now and then will prevent a build-up of dirt and dust. This will make sure that your door continues to look as good as the day it was first installed.
But your front door isn’t just the thing that welcomes you home after a long day – it’s also the barrier between your home and the rest of the outside world.
Not only does cleaning your uPVC door help it continue to look stylish and pristine, but it also can help it last longer over the years. The lifespan of your door can be lengthened if you keep it clean because its mechanisms and materials won’t be degraded by dirt.
Cleaning is also important in ensuring that your door continues to do an optimal job of keeping warm air in and cold air out. Dirt getting into a mechanism or hinge can prevent your door from being as thermally efficient as it should be, and it can also pose security risks if it isn’t closing properly. Learning how to clean uPVC doors ensures that your door maintains its thermal efficiency and continues to keep you and your home safe.
Firstly, it’s a good idea to start by cleaning away any loose dirt, cobwebs or small stones from the surface and door frame with a soft-bristle brush or a soft brush attachment from a vacuum cleaner. It’s often quicker to brush mud away when it’s dry, so this first step will make your life much easier! Using a soft-bristle brush will ensure that you don’t make any scratches in the surface of your door.
When it comes to cleaning solutions, less is more. Detergents, harsh chemicals and excessively hot water can do more harm than good, and so it’s best to stick to simple cleaning products. You can simply use a damp cloth or sponge, or you can use warm soapy water if you have stubborn dirt to shift. Avoid using abrasive materials such as wire wool as these can cause scratching on the surface of the uPVC.
After cleaning away any loose dirt, rinse with warm water and a soft cloth – the best way to do this is by starting from the top and working your way down. You can also use old newspaper or similar to catch and soak up any excess water.
Some stains may require some elbow grease to shift, but you can clean away stubborn stains by mixing one part vinegar to four parts water and use that to spot-treat stains.
Use the time when you are cleaning to check for any problems or damage to your door or its hinges – the earlier you spot a problem, the easier it will be to solve.
Then, just dry any excess water with a dry cloth or kitchen roll. And that’s it!
The good news is that you don’t need to clean uPVC doors often to keep grime at bay.
Generally, cleaning your door approximately every six months is ideal, but yearly will also suffice.
If you struggle to remember, try to make it part of your spring cleaning and preparation for the winter – by remembering to clean your door when the seasons change, you’ll build cleaning your uPVC door into your routine.
Looking to make the switch to a low-maintenance door? We offer uPVC doors and uPVC windows in a range of styles that will suit any home. Browse our website to find out more about the different styles we offer or read our door buying guide for advice.