With any type of glazing, fingerprints, dust and debris are likely to build up and begin to obstruct your view, especially if you have little ones and furry friends running around and pressing their faces up against them. Luckily we have some handy tips on how to clean your new windows and doors and keep those views unobstructed.

How often should you clean your windows and doors?

In an ideal world, we would recommend a weekly clean of your glass and a deeper clean of your windows and doors, including the frame (and tracks on bifold and sliding doors) at least every three months.

If you live in a city with high pollution or a coastal area, you may want to do a deep clean more frequently than every three months – especially if you have picked bifold or sliding doors where the movements of these can be affected by not keeping them clean.

What should you use to clean the glass and frames?

It’s best to not clean your windows and doors on a hot day as the sun will dry out the solution you use before you have had a chance to wipe it away, leaving you with those horrible streaks on your glass. You should also sweep any dirt away from your window and door frames with a brush so you don’t end up making a muddy mess.

The type of cleaning solution you should use for your frames will depend on the material you pick for your windows and doors. For all types of glass, however, it is a little simpler, as you can stick to a solution of mild soap and water. You should also rinse the glass thoroughly after cleaning with cold water and wipe dry.

For aluminium frames (like the ones on these aluminium KustomFold bifold doors), it’s best to use a mixture of soap and water – there’s that soapy water again! You should also use a non-abrasive cloth as scouring pads can scratch the surface of your frames. TPE gasket seals can also be cleaned with light soapy water so it really is the best solution for cleaning the entire window or door.

Whatever you do, do not use any solvent-based solutions or strong chemicals on aluminium frames!

For timber frames (like the one on this timber casement window), you can use a mild detergent solution but make sure you do not mix too much detergent in with your water when making your solution as too much can damage or discolour your timber. If you want to be super safe, stick to soapy water, you can never go wrong with soapy water.

With patio doors that move, such as our sliding and bifold doors, there are also some steps to follow when cleaning the tracks, bearings, hangers, pivots and brackets. You can read more about how to deep clean your bifold doors over on our blog.

Is there anything else worth knowing?

When it comes to windows, we know these can be difficult to clean, especially if you require a ladder to reach them and you’re scared of heights. Therefore, it is worth knowing that with inward opening windows – such as our tilt and turn windows – you can obviously clean these from the inside. This doesn’t mean all outward opening windows are a no go. Some of our casement windows can be supplied with an “easy clean” hinge which allows the opening sash to be moved so you can access the outside of the glass.

Why not speak to our team about which one of our casement windows can be fitted with this “easy clean” hinge. Feel free to ask them any other questions you have about our windows or doors.