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Cleaning and Maintaining your new Conservatory


Cleaning and Maintaining your new Conservatory

 

After care hints and tips for your new conservatory

In order to enjoy your conservatory throughout every season and for many years to come it is essential to carry out the simplest of maintenance. The following information contains general tips on how to care for your conservatory.

General Cleaning

Roofs and Frames:

The roof and side frames of your conservatory should be washed down every 4 months with a soap water solution to remove grime and atmospheric deposits.

Frames only- to remove any stubborn blemishes use a strong, non-abrasive, proprietary cleaner such as a cream cleanser (e.g. CIF)

Avoid all solvent based or abrasive cleaners on the roof and Frames

Please note: Never use power washers or steam cleaners to clean the frames or roof of your conservatory.

Weather seals:

Ensure that the weather seals fitted to your doors and windows do not become dislodged during cleaning. If this does occur, simply slide the seal back into place immediately to avoid damage when the product is closed. If the weather seals are broken or damaged and droughts can be felt, please contact us for a replacement.

Gutters and Box Gutters:

In a conservatory, the guttering is always laid level therefore you will always notice standing water in your gutter system. It is important that you ensure the outlets remain unblocked so that water can flow freely. Please do not walk on conservatory roofs when checking guttering.

 Environmental

Condensation:

Condensation occurs when water vapour comes into contact with a cold surface such as glass and the vapour turns into water droplets. As homes and conservatories are now more energy-efficient this increases the chance of condensation because anything that keeps warm air in will also keep fresh air out, minimising ventilation and creating the ideal conditions for condensation to form. Condensation can only be minimised and never completely eradicated. Conservatories need an initial ‘drying out’ period and in winter a conservatory will take longer to dry out. To reduce the drying out time a dehumidifier would be an advantage.

Ventilation:

Providing natural ventilation and maintaining a comfortable interior temperature will help minimise condensation. The best ways to achieve this is by:

  • Opening Windows/Doors

  • Open the roof vents and trickle vents if fitted

 Be sure to consider the security when leaving open an easily accessible window or roof vent.

Heating:

Maintain a constant temperature in the conservatory similar to the adjacent room. During a cold spell, ideally the conservatory should be heated all day and night. If condensation occurs, increase the temperature slightly until the problem no longer persists. If possible, place heating appliances under windows to maintain the temperature on the inside pane of the double-glazing.

 Maintenance

Lubrication of Hinges:

For lubrication of Handles, lock and hinges etc. use a light machine oil lubricant for moving parts (e.g. ‘3in1’ or ‘WD40’) and Petroleum Jelly if indicated on the windows/doors.

Silicone Seal:

This is the material used to seal any small gaps around the edge of doors/windows. Please note that some discolouration of the mastic seal is a natural occurrence and cannot be avoided.

Brass work:

When installed, brass work is fully protected with lacquer. In time and through normal wear and tear, this lacquer may peel or become tarnished.

Anodised Gold finish (Not Brass):

Never use abrasive cleaning agents, warm soapy water and a soft cloth are sufficient to clean.

 Glazing Care

The tips below apply to the glass in both the side frames and roof. Follow these tips to ensure the glass in your conservatory remains clean and scratch-free.

 Standard cleaning units:

The glass used in most double-glazed units can be easily scratched so we recommend that you remove hand jewellery prior to cleaning. Heavy external grime should be removed with a simple soap/water solution followed using any proprietary household glass cleaner with a soft cloth. Laminated glass or glass containing Georgian bars between the sealed units is cleaned in exactly the same manner.

 Self-cleaning glass:

A transparent coating on the external surface of the glass harnesses the power of ultra violet rays and rain (or water) to break down dirt and grime then washes it clean away. The coating is totally integrated into the surface of the glass and is highly durable. However, as with all coated glass, a certain level of care must be exercised when handling and maintaining self-cleaning glass.

 Labels-

If any labels are still attached to the glass, carefully peel them off. Do not use a razor, scraper or wire wool to detach the label.

 Activation of the self-cleaning function-

  • During the week after initial installation the self-cleaning property will be progressively activated, triggered by exposure to UV light.

  • The length of time required to activate the coating by the UV rays can vary depending on the season and orientation of the glass, but it is normally within a week.

  • When the glass is wet a small boarder of water droplets may appear around the perimeter surface of the glass. This is perfectly normal.

 Cleaning for the first time-

  • Wait at least a week before cleaning the product for the first time to ensure all sealants that were used in its installation re fully set.

  • Start with a rinse or hose-down with clean water and continue when necessary, the normal maintenance routines. When hosing, start at the top and zigzag to the bottom. Spray at the coolest part of the day and not in direct sunlight

 Normal maintenance of self-cleaning glass-

Self-cleaning glass has a special property which means that the glass stays cleaner for longer than normal glass. The more exposure the product has to both the sun and rain, the cleaner it will stay for longer. However, a number of other factors affect the time it takes for a mark to be naturally removed, such as level of ambient pollution, atmospheric condition (e.g. long period without rain) orientation of the conservatory, sloping or vertical use of the self-cleaning glass etc.

 Self-cleaning glass is not 100% maintenance free. Should the glass require occasional cleaning, ensure that only the following are used:

  • A soft, clean lint-free cloth or chamois leather

  • A soft, clean non-abrasive sponge

  • Clean, not-metal window squeegee

All equipment must be kept clean. This is to prevent any dirt or abrasive particles transferring from the equipment back onto the glass which may scratch or damage the coating. After cleaning, reactivation of the coating may take 5-7 days.

Cleaning products-

  • Clean water will normally suffice. Standard supermarket mild glass cleaning products can also be used.

  • ‘Soft’ water is best for cleaning glass. In hard-water areas a small amount of washing up liquid can be used to soften water.

Protection during adjacent building/maintenance work-

If any other works are taking place in the vicinity of Self-Cleaning glass, then protect the glass with a clean plastic sheet to prevent splashes or staining from aggressive compounds. This will also protect the product from abrasive or hot particles.

 IMPORTANT:

  • Do not use any glass treatment products containing silicones or abrasive particles.

  • Do not use any commercial cleaning products which are intended for cleaning elements other than glass.

  • Do not use chemical products: soda, bleach, washing powder, white spirit etc.

  • Avoid contact with all sharp or abrasive objects including jewellery, buckles, tape measure, razor blades, Stanley knives, scouring pads etc.

  • Never attempt to clean off a specific mark on a surface of self-cleaning glass without applying water first.

 Leaded cleaning glass:

Extra care must be taken when cleaning leaded windows to ensure that the lead is not dislodged from the surface of the glass. Warm soapy water applied with a soft cloth is adequate for cleaning leaded glass.

Please note: external lead will oxidise. This is a natural phenomenon and cannot be avoided.

Scratched glass:

Scratched can be removed with jeweller’s rouge or equivalent rubbing compound. Please get in contact for further advice.

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