Image for expert information on how to clean a conservatoryOnce you hand over the keys to a customer, it’s important to ensure that they know how to correctly clean a conservatory.

The following information will help you explain how to care for their new conservatory, plus we have put a link at the end of this post to an end-user guide that you can provide them with.

All Synseal conservatories manufactured by Direct Roof Systems have been built using the best materials, which require very little maintenance. However there are a few simple things that the homeowner can do to clean a conservatory to ensure that they get the most enjoyment from their conservatory for many years.

Advice on how to clean a conservatory

It is recommended the outside of your conservatory is cleaned every four months to keep it in top condition. You’ll find each part of the conservatory listed below as an easy reference guide. Before cleaning your conservatory please remove all rings, bracelets and watches, so you don’t scratch the glass.

Roof – glass
How often: Every 4 months.
Recommended cleaning products: Keep grime and grit free with warm soapy water.
Recommended finishing products: Finish with a proprietary glass cleaner.
Notes: Use only soft cloths!

Roof – polycarbonate
How often: Every 4 months.
Recommended cleaning products: Keep grime and grit free with warm soapy water.
Recommended finishing products: Finish with a solvent-free or alkali free household detergent.
Notes: Use only soft cloths!

External glass

How often: Every 4 months.
Recommended cleaning products: Keep grime and grit free with warm soapy water.
Recommended finishing products: Finish with a proprietary glass cleaner.
Notes: Use only soft cloths!

Leaded glass

How often: Every 4 months.
Recommended cleaning products: Keep grime and grit free with warm soapy water.
Recommended finishing products: Finish with a proprietary glass cleaner.
Notes: Oxidisation of the lead will naturally occur over time. Use only soft cloths!

Specialised glass finishes – eg self cleaning glass

Notes: Please refer to the manufacturers guidelines.

End caps, cladding and frames

How often: Every 6 months (unless in an area of high pollution).
Recommended cleaning products: Wash with warm soapy water.
Recommended finishing products: For stubborn stains use a specialised PVC-U cleaner, however, read the manufacturers guidelines carefully.
Notes: Never use abrasive materials to clean the parts.

Window and door furniture
How often: Every 4 months.
Recommended cleaning products: Use a soft duster or damp chamois leather to remove dust and surface dirt.
Notes: The superior polishing and coatings eliminates the need for regular polishing or cleaning. Do not use abrasive products or solvents such as metal polish, scouring pads, acetone etc.

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Roof access

IMPORTANT:

Never walk on a conservatory roof – always use crawl boards to spread the load – do not lean ladders against the frames, glass or gutters. If you need access above the conservatory use tower fixed scaffolding.

Maintenance

The Synseal conservatories that we manufacture are designed to be low maintenance.

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Many of today’s hinges, dead bolts and locks are designed to be self lubricating so no ongoing maintenance is required. Door flag hinges that have nylon bearings do not require any maintenance.

Any metal to metal joints that don’t have nylon bearings (friction stays, espagnolettes
and shootbolts) should be lubricated once a year with a light engineering oil, eg 3-in-1 or

similar.

Rollers on door bolts or on espagnolettes or shootbolts that engage with keeps should be lubricated once a year with a light grease, eg lanolin or similar.

Do not use any lubrication on door bolt cylinders other than graphite powder.

Discolouration of mastic seals is a natural occurrence and cannot be avoided. This does not affect the performance of the seals.

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Gutters and box gutters

 Make sure the outlets are cleaned regularly and drains are kept free from blockages, such as leaves, grass or tennis balls! Once clear flush through with clean water.
Unlike the gutters on your home, conservatory gutters are laid level, this means sometimes you’ll see standing water in the gutter system. This is normal and there is no need for concern.
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Weather seal (gasket)

During cleaning sometimes weather seals can become dislodged from their grooves. Simply slide them back into position to avoid damage.

However, if weatherseals become broken or damaged contact your installer to replace.

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Keeping your conservatory cool

Extremes in heat and cold can affect your conservatory.

It is advisable to keep some permanent heat in your conservatory during cold weather, and always ensure there’s adequate ventilation in hot weather to prevent a build up of heat.

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*MAKE SURE THIS IS SAFE TO LEAVE OPEN AND DOES NOT BREACH THE SECURITY OF YOUR HOME.

Condensation

Condensation occurs from general living; boiling a kettle, running a bath or even breathing creates water vapour. Condensation occurs when water vapour hits cold surfaces such as mirrors, tiles and windows and turns to water droplets. Modern construction methods have increased the efficiency of our homes to reduce heating costs and conserve energy, but this has increased problems of condensation.

To minimise the effects of condensation make sure there’s adequate ventilation in the conservatory. You can achieve this by opening a window*, if you have trickle vents installed keeping these open will reduce condensation. Or, install an extractor fan or wall vents. Roof vents too are designed to help alleviate the problem of condensation.

Installing conservatory blinds

If you’re considering installing blinds in your conservatory please make sure they are installed correctly.

Blinds must never be installed to cover the inside of the glazing bars. Blinds must be designed to allow hot air to flow between the glazing materials and the blind. We recommend a space of 15mm between the PVC-U and the blind.

Installers of blinds will attach the fixings to internal PVC-U. This is entirely at their risk. Your conservatory installation company will not accept any responsibility or claims as a result of this, including water ingress through screws or fittings, deflection or distortion of materials.

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If you need any more information about how to clean a conservatory, talk to one of the team of specialists at Direct Roof Systems by calling 01953 451 888 or fill in our ENQUIRY FORM >

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