To keep your conservatory looking like new for longer you will need to regularly clean your conservatory and maintain the doors and windows.
This is a relatively simple process and doesn’t have to be long and arduous, with a little practical advice and the right equipment this can be made into a simple and quick routine. If you have any questions please contact Polar Glaze and we will happily give you advice on the cleaning and maintenance of your conservatory.
Don’t be daunted when it comes to cleaning your conservatory, a little bit of planning, determination and elbow grease is all that is required. First of all, we would recommend getting the right equipment, this will include a good quality ladder or step ladder, a bucket, la arge sponge and washing up liquid. If possible having the sponge or brush on an extendable pole as this will make life a lot easier. For some areas, a pressure washer can be used but please be careful because certain areas must not be cleaned using a pressure washer. And important part of the cleaning process is wiping the glass once you have washed it; we recommend a squeegee followed by a good quality micro fibre cloth.
Do not try to stand, walk or crawl along your conservatory roof and glass panels as they are not designed to be stood on! If you absolutely have to , you can get crawl boards and place them over the glazing bars, but this can be dangerous, so is best avoided wherever possible.
For safety, we would always advise cleaning your conservatory with a friend as they can provide support for your ladder and make the whole job a lot more enjoyable!
Do not forget to clean your gutters at least twice a year, especially after the leaves have fallen in the autumn. Nobody likes this job but again having the right kit will help enormously and this should include a good quality ladder and a stout pair of waterproof gloves. As well as clearing any organic matter in your gutter make sure you check your downpipe. The best way to clear and blocked downpipe is to use a plumber’s snake to dislodge the obstruction just be careful not to force the obstruction down the drain as this may block it too.
We would advise that the safest way to clean your conservatory roof is by using a telescopic brush and a ladder with hot soapy water to aid cleaning. Once you’re done with the brush, make sure you rinse the roof off, with a pressure washer or a garden hose. Be careful of the ridge (the area with the finial/cresting on) as this is often ventilated so jetting water around this area may well cause the conservatory to leak. The ridge capping over-laps to prevent water from entering this area. This is usually the same with the wall-plate of a lean-to style conservatory.
Do not use harsh chemicals on self-cleaning glass, in most cases soapy water will clean any stubborn marks off. If you are unsure please give us a call and we can advise you on the right products to use. Start by cleaning the outside first as this will give you a clue as to whether any smudges, smears or dirt are on the inside. External glass and frames are best cleaned with soapy water which is then rinsed off and squeegee to remove any water residue. The final wipe should be made with a microfiber cloth to get rid of any streaks on the glass. On the inside use less water as you don’t want to flood your conservatory, a damp cloth with washing up liquid will suffice.
Finally, as part of your routine it is worth spraying your hinges and locks and other moving parts with WD-40 this will insure a smooth action and extend their life.