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How to clean your conservatory – a quick guide

Two Conservatory Options

Whether or not you can keep your conservatory looking brand new is a question that only time will tell. However, just like any part of your house, if you want to keep it looking nicer for longer you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and get to work cleaning your conservatory. This doesn’t have to be a long and arduous process, and once you know what you’re doing it’s fairly easy. With a little help from DG Solutions and the high quality PVCu we use when building our conservatories, cleaning has never been easier. If you have any questions about your new conservatory, make sure you call DG Solutions today.

What you will need

Cleaning a conservatory requires little more than elbow grease and a can-do attitude. Depending on the size and shape of your conservatory you may need specialist equipment, such as a sturdy ladder to help clean the roof, a telescopic brush for cleaning the roof and maybe even a pressure washer for tackling the stone floors, brickwork and concrete if you have a build-up of dirt or mildew.

Clean the gutters

Nobody likes doing it but it has to be done. Get up on a ladder and remove any debris or plant matter which managed to build up over the last six months. If your guttering is blocked, get yourself a plumber’s snake to help dislodge the obstruction – just be careful of accidentally forcing the obstruction down the drain.

Cleaning the roof

Conservatory roofs are not designed to be load bearing. If you try to stand, walk or crawl along them the chances are that you’re going to go through the roof. Not only will this hurt, but you’ll have to clean the interior again, so trying this is best avoided. If need be you can get crawl boards and place them over the glazing bars, but this can be dangerous and should never be done when the roof is wet or when it’s windy.

The safest way to clean your conservatory roof is using a telescopic brush and a ladder. If you’re using a chemical cleaner to remove mildew, make sure you keep this out of reach of children. Once you’re done with the brush, make sure you rinse the roof off, ideally with a pressure washer or a garden hose if your roof is made of glass.

Clean the exterior

This should be done before you clean the interior simply because it’s easier to spot smudges on the inside looking out than it is the other way round. By cleaning the outside first you have a better idea of whether any remaining dirt and smudges are inside or outside the conservatory. Make a window washing solution of warm water and a little washing up liquid and get to work on the windows and seals. If you have a wooden exterior don’t forget to treat the wood when you’re done.

Cleaning the interior

Ideally you should clean your conservatory interior every six months or so. Mould and mildew are far easier to tackle before they’ve had a chance to build up and really take hold, and can be a real problem if your conservatory is poorly ventilated. You can use the same washing solution you used for the exterior to make life easy. If your doors are creaking, using WD40 on metal hinges will help lubricate the door – just don’t use oil products like this on your rubber seals or sliding doors. If they’re creaking check the door runners and remove any obstructions you can see.

Things to keep in mind

Cleaning your conservatory will probably take the better part of a long weekend if you want to take your time, taking breaks as you go. However, it’s important that you don’t rush the cleaning process. When working with ladders and chemical cleaners, it’s important that you always keep safety at the forefront of your mind. If you’re using a ladder, have a second person there to ensure the ladder is sturdy. If you’re using crawl boards, work slowly and methodically. If you’re using chemical cleaners, do not leave them unopened around children or pets as they can be fatal if ingested. Likewise do not use abrasive or aggressive chemicals to clean your PVCu frames, as you will damage them.

A lot of this is simply common sense, but it’s worth repeating. With a little prudence and some TLC, you can have your conservatory looking nice and clean once more. If you’re struggling to clean your old conservatory, or you’re noticing cracked frames as you wash the windows, make sure you call DG Solutions today. We can replace your PVCu windows and even help design you a new, modern conservatory from scratch. If you need any help or advice when it comes to cleaning your brand new conservatory, DG Solutions is here to help.

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