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Clean your PVC conservatory.

IN order to help prevent the build up of everyday grime and pollution, to ensure ease of use and to maintain your warranty cover, it is essential you effectively maintain a PVC conservatory.

This means you need to clean it. In industrial areas such as towns and cities it is recommended that cleaning is carried out every six months. In less built up areas, the recommendation is once a year.

Firstly, when cleaning your conservatory your safety should be at the forefront of your mind, especially if you are working at a height.

Make sure you use the correct equipment and do not attempt anything you are unsure of. If in doubt, call the professionals out!

The main thing to remember when cleaning your conservatory is to clean the uPVC with only soapy water and a sponge.

Do not use detergents, never use abrasive or solvent cleaners and definitely don' use a detergent with a scouring pad. You may think you are getting at that dirt, but you will also be scratching and damaging the PVC. A bit of elbow grease is all it needs.

Many people recommend cleaning uPVC frames with a solution of four-parts warm water, onepart white vinegar. Or there are specialist conservatory cleaning companies that will use a specialist mild detergent.

A good suggestion is to put the solution in a spare spray bottle, spray onto the uPVC frame. Allow to sit for two minutes before wiping it off with a clean, damp cloth.

If you have a stain on your uPVC, don't be tempted to use a scouring pad or wire brush - it's easy to scratch and damage a PVC surface! The best thing to do is to use a PVC gloss applied with a small paint brush.

Be sure to wipe away any excess gloss with a paper towel and be careful not to get any gloss on the glass. Allow the gloss to dry and afterwards, your uPVC windows will look shiny and new.

PVC gloss is also a good way to hide any scratches.

The roof should be cleaned with warm water and a specialised mild detergent to remove grime and algae.

Please take extra care when working up a ladder and don't forget your guttering!

As gutters on conservatories are level, it is vital that they are emptied at least once a year, if not more.

You also need to inspect any drainage holes, roller tracking and lock pin locations, as these should be kept free from debris and blockages.

Dirt and grit should also be removed from door thresholds, sills on opening windows and any other moving parts.

In addition, to ensure their smooth operation, all handles, hinges and locks should also be cleaned and well lubricated to ensure optimum performance.

Once again, you should never use abrasive cleaners on the handles or letterboxes of your doors.

They can be easily scratched and damaged.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 1, 2011
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