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Cleaning & Maintaining Installations

Conservatory Care

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 draughts 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.



Condensation occurs when water vapour comes into contact with a cold surface such as glass and the vapours turn 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.


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 security when leaving open an easily accessible Window or Roof Vent.


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.


Lubrication of Hinges:

For lubrication of handles, locks 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 by 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 ultraviolet 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.

Additional Information


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 are 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, non-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.


  • 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.
  • 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:

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

Window & Door Care

How to care for your new UPVC Windows and Doors

UPVC Doors and Windows are low maintenance but are not maintenance free.

For best results, clean your UPVC product using a wet lint free cloth or sponge with a non-abrasive detergent. Never use a dry cloth/sponge as this can scratch. Do not use an abrasive or corrosive product. For any stubborn stains, please use a specialist UPVC cleaner designed to remove stubborn stains without damaging the UPVC.

UPVC doors and windows are fitted with high quality hardware, which is virtually maintenance free, however it is important that you check all moving parts twice yearly. Lubricate window and door mechanisms with WD40 and use Petroleum Jelly to keep the metal protected.

UPVC sash windows will move more freely for longer with an application of WD40 on the runners.

Window handles need to be checked to ensure that they are operating properly and that they are not difficult to use.

If the doors or windows are not closing properly, use a vacuum cleaner in the hard to see areas in case dirt or grit is causing a problem.

If a problem persists a callout by our service department may be required. Please contact us to discuss.

How to care for your new Composite Door

To prolong the life of the surface finish, it is recommended that the GRP composite door is cleaned regularly. This should be at least once per month but will depend on the doors location and exposure to dirt.


  • Clean with warm soapy water (washing up liquid is suitable) and wipe dry with a soft cloth.

Do not:

  • Use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads on the surface of the door.
  • Use high pressure or steam cleaners.
  • Use any type of bleach or solvent (e.g. white spirit, methylated spirit, cellulose thinners or acetone/nail vanish remover).
  • Use adhesives or any type of tack for providing temporary protection.
  • Use adhesives or any type of tack for the temporary fixing of seasonal or other decorations.
  • A repair system is available to deal with accidental damage such as dents or scratches, please get in contact to discuss.
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