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Cleaning and maintaining uPVC windows and doors

Cleaning and maintaining uPVC windows and doors

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Carefully designed to ensure minimal maintenance is required, Kiwi Windows UPVC  windows and doors can save you both time and money. They do not absorb moisture, you will not need to sand or varnish them and they do not need to be painted. As a result, far less effort is required for upkeep than with alternative options.

Generally speaking, maintenance of uPVC windows and doors involves dusting and occasional cleaning with soapy water, or another mild detergent. Nevertheless, there are certain other care and maintenance tips to be mindful of.

Basic cleaning of the frame surface is easy and can be performed with a simple solution of mild dish-washing liquid. However, when dirt builds up or becomes stubborn, you may wish to use special cleaning agents, which can be purchased from a window specialist. Do not use a paint thinner or a scouring agent under any circumstances.

Certain airborne particles, including pollen, can be burned into the glass by sunlight and can be difficult to remove. Therefore, you should try to remember to regularly clean the outside of your windows.

Furthermore, you should regularly clean the drainage openings in the frame profiles, in order to aid drainage.

It is recommended that living areas are well-ventilated or aired out multiple times a day. Allowing colder air into the room will lower the humidity level. Where possible, you should aim to keep the relative humidity level of your rooms below 60 percent. The humidity level of a room can be measured using a hygrometer.

Try to avoid getting lime and mortar splashes on the glazing, fittings and profile. Solidified mortar residue, in particular, can be a problem and may cause significant damage.

Finally, you should aim to lubricate the fittings once a year, while the seals in the frame should be rubbed with a sealing agent every six months, in order to keep them in good condition. Examples of suitable agents include talcum and silicon oil, both of which can be obtained from specialists.

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