HOW TO RESTORE UPVC WINDOW FRAMES
RESTORING UPVC WINDOW FRAMES
uPVC window frames can be wiped over easily at the same time as cleaning windows to remove day-to-day dirt such as road traffic grime, but when it comes to more substantial dirt like mould, mildew, ingrained greyness and oxidisation (a chalky, dull layer on the surface) something more powerful is needed to restore uPVC. Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner is one product that does this job superbly (see our uPVC cleaner page). It is applied using a handy sponge which gets into all the corners, edges and details of a uPVC window profile.
RESTORES THE ORIGINAL SHINE AND PROTECTS
Vistal removes the layer of oxidisation and the slight yellowing that forms on the exterior surfaces of uPVC window frames after years of weathering in the sun. It leaves a thin coat of glycerine on the surface which gives it a shine and protects it so it is easier to wipe clean the next time. Dirty rain just beads off it instead of sticking. It doesn’t scratch at all and contains no solvents so it can’t corrode the smooth surface layer.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The secret lies in the way it is applied (with a sponge) and the polishing clay earth that it contains. The lather on the damp sponge agitates the dirt and the polishing clay abrades at a microscopic level without scratching which means it can remove quite stubborn dirt, like oxidisation, dried leaves and bird droppings that are commonly found on uPVC window frames. The soap flakes and green soap cut through grease and loosen the dirt and the glycerin lubricates the action and leaves a shiny coat. Most of the dirt comes off on the sponge and the rest can be rinsed off or simply wiped off and buffed up with a dry cloth.
UPVC BALLUSTRADES, CONSERVATORIES AND GREENHOUSES
Windows and conservatories are not the only place where white uPVC profiles are used. At the Motorhome and Caravan Show in January we noticed the enormous amount of uPVC ballustrades that surround modern static homes. Apparently the parks where static homes reside often insist on uPVC ballustrades and indeed decking to reduce the fire hazard caused by timber ballustrades and decking. Most of them appear to be white uPVC but many are faced with timber coloured foils.
And then of course there are uPVC conservatories and uPVC greenhouses. One of the best things about Vistal is that it is a completely natural product – there are no chemicals in it and it has a neutral pH so it can’t harm plants if it splashes on to them.