Taking Care of UPVC Windows
UPVC window frames are made up of strong materials and with proper maintenance, they can easily last for more than two decades. UPVC stands for unplasticized polyvinyl chloride which is a type of PVC that is tougher and firmer. Common PVC used to make pipes on the other hand, is called plasticized polyvinyl chloride.
Comparing to other materials such as wood and aluminum, uPVC saves us more time without the need of much maintenance, painting or treatments. All that uPVC windows require is some regular inspection, a cleaning every half a year and some lubrication. Below are some tips on how to take care of your windows.
All area that can be seen when the window is closed has to be washed every six months, inside as well as outside the house. Using a simple soapy mixture and a piece of rag to clean it will do the job just fine. Avoid using rough material like scouring pads and abrasives or ammonia based cleaning solutions onto the windows and frames. Jewelry, watches and any sort of hand accessories should be removed before you begin cleaning to prevent any unnecessary damage from happening.
The remaining area that you get to see when the window is opened should be wiped in order to remove dirt and oil stains. A brush and vacuum cleaner can come in handy when cleaning those hard to reach areas and deep spots.
If the window has any drainage holes, make sure to keep them clean all the time and let excess moisture on the frame to dry by opening your window during the day to avoid condensation problem.
At the same time, wash the window gaskets and seals with mild and non abrasive detergents. Inspect the seals to ensure that it is fitted correctly all around the frame. Many gaskets can be taken out and replaced with new ones without disassembling the entire window. However, other repairing jobs such as repairing the seal are better to be carried out by a professional.
To assure they work properly, all window moving metal parts such as hinges and locking points should be lubricated regularly. By applying a small amount of lubricant like WD-40 or petroleum jelly onto those joints can protect them from rust and from developing squeaking sounds. Apply lubricant moderately to prevent grease from flowing to the frame.
Check around for the tightness of visible screws each time you are doing your window cleaning routine.
Whenever your UPVC windows had minor scratch marks on the frame, there are repair kits available to fix this problem. Altogether, it is best to prevent your window from sustaining any damage as heavy marks are not restorable.