Now that your new windows, doors or glazed extension is installed, it’s only human nature to want it to look its very best for as long as possible. Whether you’ve chosen a uPVC or aluminium home improvement, there are certain things you can do to get the most out of your newest investment.

So, this blog will cover specific care and maintenance tips relevant to our wide range of quality home improvement products.

How to take care of your new windows, doors and glazed extensions

uPVC windows

uPVC window frames are incredibly low-maintenance, but they still require a quick clean once every three months to remove any dust or grime build-up. To do this, simply wipe the frames over with a soft soapy cloth – never using solvent-based or abrasive cleaners. To get rid of stubborn stains, Solusafe (or an alternative non-abrasive cleaner) can be used sparingly, being very careful not to disturb or damage the window sealant.

PLEASE NOTE: Silicone seal discolouration is a natural occurrence which cannot be avoided, so this is to be expected over time.

Open-out windows

New white uPVC windows for converted propertyWith open-out windows, to retain optimum safety and security in your home, never leave accessible windows in the night vent position when no-one is in.

Tilt-Turn windows

White tilt and turn windowAvoid damaging your newly installed tilt-turn windows by making sure that the window is fully shut before changing the position of the handle. Do so by firmly pushing the opening leaf into the window frame before changing the handle position.

Aluminium windows and doors

Generally, aluminium windows and doors that feature organic paint coatings (acrylic and polyester) require a quick wipe down every 6 months to retain a sleek modern appearance. Whereas in areas affected by saltwater, industrial chemical plants or other aggressive emission sources, cleaning should be carried out at least every 3 months to avoid corrosion issues. You should:

  • Wash with a clean, warm non-alkaline detergent and water solution
  • Remove grime, grease and excess chalking with a non-abrasive cloth, sponge or soft bristle brush
  • Thoroughly wash out all ridges, grooves, joints and drainage channels where corrosive deposits have collected, to avoid corrosion issues further down the line
  • Rinse with clean water and carefully dry with a soft cloth or leather
  • If gloss reduction, excessive chalking or staining has occurred, an approved renovating cream can be applied with a non-abrasive cloth, polished off with a soft cloth.

Aluminium windows and doors that are in constant use, e.g. schools, hospitals and public buildings, should be maintained every 3 months and panic doors should be addressed on a monthly basis.

Composite doors

RockDoor oak-effect compositeComposite doors are incredibly low maintenance, simply needing a quick wipe over with a lint-free cloth and warm soapy water and dried with a soft clean cloth. Composite doors installed in coastal areas or properties near busy main roads may require closer attention to keep them looking their very best.

Metal polish should be avoided. Use a quality wax furniture polish instead, applying the polish to the cloth; not the product.

Sliding / bi-folding doors

White aluminium bifoldsIt’s important to maintain the bottom track/rail by checking for any dirt or obstructions once a month and wiping them over once a year. Yearly attention should also be paid to gaskets, by applying domestic talc or liquid silicone between the moving and fixed parts to avoid cracks and deposits.

Glass

Casement glazing close-upIt’s always best to clean your windows on a cloudy day, as the sun tends to dry the glass too quickly which can cause unsightly streaks and smears. Sparkling views, including laminated glass and Georgian bars can be achieved by:

  • Removing hand and wrist jewellery to avoid scratching the glass
  • For very grimy glass, prewash the glass with soapy water
  • Use a household glass cleaner or a washing up liquid solution and a microfiber cloth or soft lint-free cloth
  • Rub the surface in a circular motion to remove spots
  • Wipe the glass with vertical strokes, followed by horizontal wipes
  • Carefully remove any dirt or grime in the corners and edges with a cotton bud or a soft brush
  • Finally, buff up the glass with balled-up newspaper or a cotton cloth for a shiny finish.

Leaded Glass

Leaded casement window interiorAvoid dislodging the lead from the glass surface, by taking a delicate approach when cleaning leaded glass windows.

SMARTGLASS

Self-cleaning glass is particularly popular with glazed extensions located in hard to reach areas. However, SMARTGLASS is not 100% maintenance free as pollution and location-specific atmospheric conditions mean that it will occasionally require light cleaning. Taking extra care not to scratch or damage the special ‘self-clean’ coating;

  • Avoid contact with sharp, metal or abrasive tools or objects
  • Keep all cleaning equipment clean, to prevent dirt or abrasive particles transferring back onto the glass and damaging it
  • Avoid any glass treatment products containing silicones, abrasive particles or chemicals
  • Soft clean water will do the job, but mild glass-cleaning products can be used in hard-water areas. A list of recommended cleaning products can be found at selfcleaningglass.com
  • Always apply water before attempting to clean off a specific mark on the surface
  • Never walk on conservatory roofs.

It’s also important to protect SMARTGLASS with a clean plastic sheet when future improvement works are carried out around it, which will protect it from damaging compounds or abrasive particles.

Hardware

Infinity lock close-upKeep your window and door locks in full working order by lubricating them every 6-12 months, using light machine oil for moving parts and petroleum jelly where indicated in the product-specific guidance.

Do not lubricate:

  • Droylsden uPVC front doors, tilt and slide doors and in-line sliding patio door lock cylinders, as they’re packed with special grease.
  • Droylsden bi-fold door lock cylinders.
  • Droylsden uPVC tilt and slide door bottom tracks.

Brasswork

Oak-uPVC-French-doorsIf you’ve chosen brasswork finishing touches, over time, general wear and tear may cause the brasswork lacquer to peel or tarnish. This can be refurbished by:

  • Protecting surfaces around each section of brasswork
  • Using paint stripper or nail polish remover, remove old lacquer
  • Clean and polish your brasswork with brass polish
  • Re-lacquer your brasswork with a good quality product.

Weatherseals

Products that have hand-inserted weatherseals should be treated with extra care. If weatherseals do become dislodged from their grooves whilst cleaning, immediately slide them back into position as carefully as possible. If you’re in any doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact the Droylsden aftercare team who will be happy to help.

Drainage

Be sure to keep in-built drainage systems free from blockage, by periodically clearing the drainage slots and flushing through with water to check they’re working correctly.

Handles

Bifold door handlesPlease avoid any excessive loads on your locking mechanisms to retain an efficient mechanism for as long as possible. It’s also crucial to operate handles in the direction indicated in the product manual or by your installer, to prevent damage to the operating mechanism.

Locks

Prevent damage to your new door frames and locks by avoiding the use of drills, forcing keys into locks and closing doors when bolts are pre-locked.

If in doubt, contact local double glazing specialists in Manchester

If you’re experiencing any irregularities in the operation of your new windows, doors or glazed extension or have specific product care and maintenance concerns, don’t hesitate to contact a Droylsden Glass expert today.

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