The conservatory has become a very popular choice for many home owners in the last few years. They are a great addition to the traditional landscape of almost every suburban house. They look perfect as an entryway to the general parts of the house, or as a nice threshold to your backyard. The conservatory is a great option for warmer countries, like Australia. The fact, that the whole space is surrounded by windows opens up the place and brings lots of light inside. But cleaning these windows can be a very unpleasant and tiring job, which can take hours without any visible results. At least this is what most home owners say when I ask them how they deal with the cleaning of their conservatory windows. But when you know what you’ll need and what to do, everything should be a lot easier. This is why I gathered these easy tips on how to clean conservatory windows, which should prove to be useful.
Conservatory window cleaning tools and equipment.
Looking after a conservatory requires a lot more than just a rag and a bucket of soapy water. Cleaning the windows properly and wiping the frame regularly will help you prevent build up of mildew and dirt. But in order to keep your conservatory windows clean all the time, you’ll need some specialist equipment, which will help you take care of the hard-to-reach parts of the place. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A ladder. And not just any ladder. You’ll need a strong and sturdy latter, in order to be able to get this high without any danger for your life. There are special conservatory cleaning ladders, and I would recommend finding one. They are better than the other ones, because they are lightweight, and you can attach them securely to the top of the conservatory with the special cross-bearers, which are also non-marking, so you won’t damage the roof accidentally.
- Telescopic conservatory cleaning brushes. A good telescopic brush can help you extend your reach and allow you to clean those high and hard-to-reach places without endangering your life in the process.
- Power washers. Some of the members of this window cleaning team I met told me, that sometimes the situation with the dirt is so bad, that you can’t remove it without high pressure or lots of soaking, which is impossible with the conservatory. This is why it’s a good idea to get a power washer to clean more stubborn stains. It’s also very effective on the parts, which are not made from glass – the frames, stone floors, concrete, bricks and almost everything else. You can also clean the roof of the conservatory with it.
How to clean your conservatory windows.
- First you should remove all the debris and plant material from the gutters and the drainage system in general. If your drainage is clogged, the water will start dripping from the gutters and will leave marks and stains on your windows all the time. And you don’t want that.
- Clean the outside of the windows. The outside part of your conservatory windows is the more problematic one, because our gardens are usually full of dust and particles, which like to get stuck to glass surfaces. This is why you should start the window cleaning from there. You can use the same solution you would use to clean your other windows. Just dip the telescopic brush into the solution and start wiping from the top to the bottom of the conservatory. Than get the squeegee and wipe everything clean. For the corners and the space near the frame, you can use a soft cloth to wipe the leftover solution. And if you notice any cracks or other damage to the windows, call experts to replace the damaged pane right away. The cracked ones can be quite dangerous and unpredictable.
- Clean the framework. And last, but not least, you’ll have to clean the framework too. You can use some warm soapy water and a soft cloth for this. Don’t use abrasive cleaners, because they can scratch and damage the surface. If you have wooden frames, you can use a brush to remove the excess dirt first, and then the soapy water with the cloth. After you’re done, you should treat the wood with some oil, to protect it from outside influences.