As with any equipment, to obtain complete satisfaction it is advisable to carry out basic, regular maintenance with your new windows and doors.
Glass should normally be cleaned with a clean cloth and a clear non-abrasive cleaner, such as clean soapy water or a proprietary window cleaner. For glass with a patterned, etched or sandblasted surface, a stiff bristle or nylon brush can be used to remove dirt from the recesses in the surface.
If the glass does not become clean using the above methods the following can be tried:
Use a mild acid (e.g. vinegar) or a mild solvent (e.g. methylated spirit), taking care not to spill any of these on other surfaces or materials.
NOTE: To avoid scratching to glass it is recommended that hand jewellery is removed prior to cleaning
Lead Glass Cleaning
In this type of double-glazing, lead strips are bonded to the outside and inside of the external pane of glass. Take care when cleaning lead lights as excessive pressure might dislodge the lead from the glass surface. The use of warm soap water and a soft cloth, moderately applied will prove an adequate cleaning method
If scratches occur, most can be removed with the jewellers’ rouge, or equivalent rubbing compound.
PVC-U Frame Cleaning
(Avoid all solvent-based or abrasive cleaners)
Wash frames with a soap and water solution periodically to remove any grime and atmospheric deposits. If required, clean with a non-abrasive proprietary cleaner to remove any stubborn blemishes. Take care not to disturb sealants.
To attain optimum performance, it is essential that all hardware is lubricated every 6-12 months (depending on location)
Lubricate hardware and moving parts with a 3-in-1 spray oil (taking care to wipe excess away) or petroleum jelly.
Clean brasswork with soapy water. DO NOT USE ABRASIVE CLEANERS
Lubricate all moving parts and keep tracks free of dirt and debris.
Tilt and Turn Windows
Keep sliding mechanism free of dirt and lubricate each slot with light machine oil as required
With the door open, lubricate the deadbolts/hookbolts/rollers and latchlock with light machine oil.
Clean and lightly oil hinge pins. If hinges are external (Open-out door) lubricate every six months.
Clean and lightly oil external moving parts.
DO NOT LUBRICATE (packed with special grease).
On an annual basis clean and remove dirt and debris from moving parts. Lightly oil external moving parts with a light machine oil.
NOTE: Do not use a metal polish. Do not use any abrasive cleaning products or a wire brush.
For stubborn stains, use a soft cloth with mild liquid detergent solution, rinse with water and dry off.
Polish with a quality wax furniture polish. Apply the polish to the cloth and not the product