New conservatories look fantastic, but that sparkling fresh look doesn’t tend to last for long. Mould, mildew, dust and prolonged exposure to the elements can quickly make even the nicest of conservatories look dull and run-down. The
good news is that with the right conservatory cleaning tools you can keep your conservatory looking like-new quite easily. Here are a few conservatory cleaning tips to help you get your conservatory in shape ready for the summer.
Useful Conservatory Cleaning Equipment and Tools
Looking after a conservatory requires more than just a little elbow grease and a sponge. Washing the windows and wiping down the frame regularly will help to prevent dirt and mildew build up, but you will need some specialist conservatory cleaning equipment if you want to safely and easily clean the hard-to-reach parts of your conservatory. We advise using pure water and water fed pole equipment, ensuring that work is carried out in a safe manner, working from the ground... Using normal unpurified water will leave marks and streaks on your glass, contact us for more information on our water technology.
How to Clean Your Conservatory
Cleaning a conservatory can be quite a time-consuming task. It’s best to break down the cleaning process into several stages which you’ll work on over a long weekend, taking plenty of breaks along the way. The key tasks that you will need to tackle are:
Remove plant material and debris from the gutters and drainpipes.
Sweep the roof then hose it down with a purified water. Use a mild moss, algae and mould removing solution to treat the roof during the cleaning and prevent re-growth.
Clean the outside of the windows – you can use the same solution for this as you would use to clean any other window on your house. If you spot any cracks or chips in your windows, contact your conservatory company to get the damaged pane replaced – even if the damage is not particularly unsightly, cracked double glazing panes are far less secure than intact ones.
Clean the framework – UPVC conservatories can be wiped down with a solution of warm soapy water. Do not use abrasive chemicals to clean a UPVC conservatory. Wooden frames can be brushed clean then sponged down with warm soapy water. After the wood dries, treat it with oil or another staining product to bring out the grain and protect the wood against the elements.
You should clean and maintain the exterior of your conservatory once every three to six months to prevent leakage, roof damage and decay. If you live in an area that experiences a lot of bad weather or polution then you should clean your conservatory more often. Clogged gutters and collected debris on the roof can cause a lot of damage if allowed to build up.
Some modern conservatories come with self-cleaning glass, however this glass is not really as magical as it sounds. The glass will stay clean for far longer than untreated glass, but moss and algae are likely to build up over time, It’s a good idea to give self-cleaning glass a helping hand by spraying it with warm, soapy water occasionally and rinsing off with purified water. Do not scrub self-cleaning glass, and do not use harsh chemicals on it, because this may damage the photocatalytic coating.
Cleaning the Conservatory Interior
While the exterior of the conservatory has to put up with a lot of wind and rain as well as even harsher winter weather, the interior of the conservatory puts up with a lot of dirt as well. If someone who lives in your home smokes then you may end up with unsightly yellow stains on the frames of your conservatory, this can easily be treated with a chlorine based cleaning agent, something we include with every internal conservatory clean.
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