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How do I clean a uPVC door?

UPVC doors have an excellent reputation for low maintenance. They can give many years of regular use and stay looking good. Nevertheless, uPVC doors will need some basic care to keep them looking their best and operating smoothly.

Regular cleaning is one of the easiest ways to keep your door in good shape. A monthly cleaning routine should be sufficient for most doors, but you may need to clean them more often if they are put to more than occasional use or exposed to a lot of dirt or grime. It's a good idea to start by removing any loose dirt or debris. This can be done with a vacuum cleaner using a soft brush attachment. Clear all dust and dirt from any crevices, including the door frame, hinges and handles.

Use a mild cleaning solution

A mild cleaning agent is a must for uPVC. A warm mild soap and water solution is fine, and you can add a splash of white vinegar to the water solution if you want to add a little shine. Many use water and vinegar, only mixing equal parts of the two. Next, apply the cleaning agent to the door. This can be done using a soft brush and broad strokes or, even better, with a spray bottle to ensure an even coating. Leave the door for 5-10 minutes to allow the solution time to break down any grime or grease.

Treat uPVC doors gently

Take a soft, dry cloth and gently wipe the door to remove the cleaning solution and any grime. uPVC is a relatively soft material, so use a gentle circular motion and don't scrub too vigorously or you may scratch the surface. If the uPVC surface is 'grained' with a wood effect or similar treatment, then wipe in the direction of the grain. Dry the door thoroughly and don't leave any water spots behind. Sometimes the stains can be a little more stubborn. If that's the case, do not be tempted to use harsh chemicals or abrasive pads to clean the door. You are likely to do more harm than good. For stubborn stains, try using a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes, then wipe clean with a damp cloth and then a dry one.

Clean doors regularly

The best way to keep a uPVC door in good shape is to clean it regularly. Doors can get dirty quickly, attracting dust, dirt, debris and insects. Regular cleaning will prevent grime from building up and improve your door's look and overall lifespan. If you have a sliding door, use a vacuum brush attachment to remove debris from the tracks and wipe clean with warm soapy water. Dry the track well to prevent the door from sticking.

Over time, the hinges on your uPVC door may start to squeak or stick. To prevent this, lubricate occasionally with a light oil or silicone spray. Light oil will also do the trick, but it does tend to attract more dirt than silicone. Cleaning the door is an excellent opportunity to check the seals. Damaged door seals can let in cold air and moisture, which may encourage condensation and even mould growth.

Look out, too, for any damage to the door. If you notice any damage to your uPVC door, such as cracks or chips, be sure to repair it as soon as possible. This will help prevent the damage from worsening and keep your door looking its best and operating smoothly for many years.

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