Some of the reasons uPVC windows and doors have gained so much popularity amongst homeowners are their durability and ease of maintenance. But even with these qualities, uPVC windows and doors are not immune to dirt and grime, especially if you’ve had them for long. If you’ve noticed that your uPVC windows and doors are beginning to look a little tired, then it might be time to do some re-vitalisation.
There are a few ways you can refresh your uPVC windows and doors. The first way is to carefully clean your uPVC window frames and doors. This is something you can easily do yourself with just a few tools. Another way is to have them re-sprayed. This requires a little more skill and technical know-how (especially if you want a professional finish), and we recommend hiring professionals like PBM Paints to handle it.
Cleaning uPVC Window Frames and Doors
uPVC Window Frames – to avoid discolouration, cleaning of uPVC window frames and sills require a gentle solution. Instead of using anything too caustic (bleach, glass cleaner, scouring powder, methylated spirits or white spirits), opt for a mixture of one part vinegar and two parts water. This can be administered by using a spray bottle. To be on the safer side, you can also buy uPVC-specific cleaning products (there are several uPVC-specific cleaners sold in the market).
Apply/spray the surface of the frame with the solution and give it a little time for all the grime to break apart, after which you can rub the surface with a soft scrubbing brush. Once you are done, wipe the surface thoroughly to ensure that there isn’t any lingering dirt before it dries up. Ensure to avoid using any abrasive cloth or scouring pads, and always wear a glove if you choose to use specialised cleaners.
As for cleaning the hinges of your uPVC windows, you can use a vacuum attachment to suck all dust build-up out of the hinges. Then proceed to use a soft brush coupled with a vacuum to run around the frame in order to get all its corners. To keep the hinges lubricated, you can add a few drops of multi-purpose oil. Read here for a more detailed guide on how to clean uPVC window frames.
uPVC Doors- The process of cleaning uPVC doors is quite similar to that of uPVC windows. All you need to do is start by vacuuming the insides of the door frame and hinges, then proceed to brush off all the dirt. Once this is done, you can use a warm soapy solution to clean it thoroughly and rinse it with clean water.
Re-spraying uPVC Windows and Doors
This is another easy and low-cost way to refresh your uPVC windows and doors. However, re-spraying uPVC requires skill and technical know-how. Of course, you can do it yourself at home, but for a more professional-looking and lasting finish, it is best to hire experts. PBM Paints has professional spray painting experts that can transform the look of your uPVC windows and doors by re-spraying them. With a wide range of available paint colours to choose from, you are guaranteed a top-quality finish that won’t fade, peel or crack under any weather condition.
Replacing Dated or Damaged Hardware
This is another cost-effective way to refresh your uPVC windows and doors. If your windows and door fixtures are worn-out but still functioning as desired, there is no need to spend money on costly replacements. You can simply replace those dated and worn-out handles and fixings.
uPVC windows and doors are built to be durable and maintain their appearance for a long time, but dirt and grime may sometimes dull their appearance. Careful cleaning and uPVC re-spraying are some of the easy and cost-effective ways you can refresh and restore the look of your uPVC windows and doors.