UPVC doors remain a firm favourite amongst energy-conscious homeowners across South West London and Surrey. Another prominent reason behind their consistent popularity is because they’re super easy to keep clean. From UPVC front doors to life-like UPVC timber alternative doors and streamlined UPVC patio doors to classic UPVC French doors, keep your doors looking fabulously fresh by following this convenient eco-friendly UPVC door cleaning guide.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Hoover with a soft brush nozzle
- White vinegar and warm water solution
- Non-abrasive sponges or cloths
- Reusable microfibre cloths
- Tarpaulin/dust sheet
- Spray bottle
Essential tip! Never use any cleaning products that are unsuitable for use on UPVC – e.g. white spirits, methylated spirits, WD40 – because these can lead to permanent damage to the framing and the glass. Eco-friendly solutions such as these are the best way to keep your uPVC doors looking great for longer, as even the weakest chemical-based mixtures can irreversibly dull and damage uPVC door frames.
How do you restore a UPVC door?
Step 1: Prepare the area by thoroughly hoovering around the door and use a non-abrasive cloth to remove any surface-level dirt or dust. Protect the hallway or flooring on the other side of the door by covering it with protective sheeting, e.g. a biodegradable dust sheet or tarpaulin; something you don’t mind getting a bit dirty.
Before getting to work on cleaning your UPVC door, don’t forget to lock the door to prevent excess water entering the hallway or interior space.
Step 2: Mix your eco-friendly cleaning solution using 20% (1 part) distilled white vinegar and 80% (four-parts) warm water. The acidity in the vinegar is perfect for battling grimy stains. Apple cider vinegar can also be used, but, as it is less acidic, only needs to be diluted with 50% (2 ½ parts) water.
Step 3: Using the spray bottle, cover the door in the cleaning solution. For particularly stubborn stains, break down the dirt by leaving the solution to soak into the grime for a few minutes longer.
Step 4: Using another non-abrasive sponge or cloth and clean water, carefully wipe away the solution, taking particular care not to scratch or damage the door.
Step 5: Mop up any excess water using a microfibre cloth and dry the door, eliminating any unsightly drips and streaks in the process.
If your hard work has paid off, your UPVC entrance door should now be refreshed and restored to its original condition.
How do you remove stains from UPVC doors?
In particularly dirty areas, pour pure distilled vinegar into the spray bottle, and leave it to soak for 5-10 minutes before carefully scrubbing the spot and repeating steps 3 – 5.
What if my UPVC door still doesn’t look as good as it should?…
Whilst cleaning, you may have noticed your door has scratches and wear and tear that can’t be cleaned off. If this is the case, it may be time to consider updating your door. This is especially true if your entrance door is over 20 years old. Not only will replacement entrance doors heighten your home security, but they’ll also keep your home warmer for longer.
Here at P&P Glass, we have a range of reliable UPVC door options available. From sleek, modern designs to traditional wood effect entrance doors, select from:
UPVC vs composite – what’s the difference?
The main differences between these 2 door materials lie in their strength, thickness, colour finish, and price. Standard UPVC doors are made from multi-chambered plastic, whereas composite doors are created by fusing a range of materials together, e.g. glass reinforced plastic (GRP), foam-filled composites and solid timber core composite doors. The thickness of a composite door typically ranges from 44mm – 48mm, in stark contrast to a standard UPVC door which is 28mm thick. Standard UPVC doors also tend to be limited with regards to style and colour finish.
With all of this in mind, UPVC doors are generally considered a much more cost-effective option, although the quality and performance of composite doors is much higher, which makes them a popular investment for many households across Surrey and South West London. It’s also important to bear in mind that UPVC doors from P & P Glass are of a much higher standard than most; combining a robust steel-reinforced structure and over 1000 unique RAL colour to choose from, as well as the option of a 44mm triple glazed UPVC door.
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