Windows and Doors
uPVC is a popular choice when it comes to windows and doors because they’re low-maintenance and durable all year round. Unlike wood, uPVC doesn’t rot and is the more cost-effective choice. 
However, over time your window frames and doors will gradually become dirty due to the build-up of grime and dust. If you have white uPVC, regular cleaning of your windows and doors will help them keep their bright white finish. 
When it comes to cleaning uPVC, less is more; you don’t need lots of chemicals to get the job done. 

What is uPVC? 

Before discussing how to clean uPVC, what exactly is it? 
uPVC stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, which is commonly used for the manufacture of windows and doors. It is a lightweight, durable, and strong plastic that provides a sturdy foundation and is extremely thermally efficient – something all homeowners and property developers want for their property. 
The benefits of using uPVC include: 
• East to maintain 
• Extremely durable 
• Provides efficient ventilation 
• Weather resistant 
• Easy to produce and affordable 
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How to clean uPVC windows 

Before starting the cleaning process, open your windows as far as you can. 
1. The first thing you need to do is vacuum the inside of your frame and remove built-up dirt and debris. 
2. If you notice any mould, you need to properly clean this. You can do so by using a specialised mould spray. Then remove the mould from the surface using a paper towel or clean cloth. 
3. Now you’re ready for the cleaning; mix a bowl of warm water with washing-up liquid. Then with a soft cloth or sponge, wipe over your frames. 
4. For a streak-free finish, mix 475ml water with 60ml white vinegar and 120ml washing liquid (adjust measurements where needed) and dip some newspaper in the solution. Using the newspaper, wipe over the uPVC in circular motions. 
Viola! You should now have clean and bright windows. If your uPVC is exceptionally dirty, you can try using a specialised uPVC cleaner or a non-abrasive household cleaner.  
Finish with warm soapy water and dry with a soft cloth. Always avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners as this can damage your uPVC. 

How to clean uPVC or composite doors 

Your door will most likely be dirtier than your windows due to their constant use, collection of debris and dirt and some uninvited spiders and webs. But fear not! In no time your doors will be gleaming once again. 
1. Hoover and dust away all debris and cobwebs. If you’re struggling to get into the nooks and crannies, and you don’t have a small enough hoover nozzle, try using a toilet roll tube! 
2. Next, you need to wash down your doors with warm soapy water with a soft cloth or sponge. We recommend microfibre clothes as they don’t scratch the uPVC and are fantastic at removing stubborn dirt. 
3. If your doors are extremely dirty, create a white vinegar and warm water solution in a spray bottle with 4 parts water and 1-part white vinegar. 
4. Spray and leave on for around ten minutes, then wipe down with a soft cloth. 
5. Same as cleaning your windows, if you have stubborn marks and stains, try using a uPVC cleaner or a non-abrasive cleaner. 
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Things to avoid when cleaning your uPVC 

Now you know how to clean your windows and doors, it’s important that you know what NOT to do or what products to use. Certain products can remove the glossy appearance of your uPVC and cause discolouration. As well, using abrasive products or aggressive scrubbing may scratch and damage the surface. 
We recommend always using soft clothes or sponges with the appropriate cleaning solution to help keep your uPVC windows and doors clean and prevent irreparable damage. 
Avoid these things when cleaning uPVC surfaces: 
• Bleach 
• Methylated spirits 
• Nail polish remover 
• WD40 
• White spirits 
• Any abrasive household cleaning 
• Scouring pads 
• Wire or iron wool 
• Excessive pressure when cleaning 
• Coloured clothes or sponges 
We hope this article helps you when next cleaning your uPVC windows and doors. You will rarely need a specialized uPVC cleaner – some warm soapy water and elbow grease should do the trick! 
If you’re looking at getting or replacing your old windows and doors, Alternative Roof Solutions offer an exciting range of colours and designs to complement your home. Contact us today on 01604 947146 to receive a no-obligation quote. 
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