Conservatories can make a great addition to your home, but they require a fair bit of determination to keep them clean. Here at Wet & Forget we know that cleaning your entire conservatory is no easy task, so we’ve provided some conservatory cleaning tips to help make the job more manageable.
Start at the top and work your way down
While everyone has their own method of cleaning the conservatory, starting from the bottom and working your way up could give you twice the work! Working your way upwards can leave your clean areas exposed to dirty grime and water from higher up can drip down and ruin all your hard work.
To prevent doing more work than you need to we always suggest starting at the top of the windows and working downwards. Not only does this save time but it can save elbow grease too. Any water that trickles down while you focus on cleaning the top of your conservatory can help to lubricate tough-to-move dirt further down.
Clean the gutters
While you’re at it cleaning the gutters isn’t a bad idea. Weeds, moss or debris can easily get caught in drainpipes and gutters. This not only creates an eyesore but can also interfere with their functioning. The good news is that gutters are usually low maintenance and only require being cleaned out twice a year. If you come across blockages don’t try and tackle them yourself, get a plumber out to clear the way.
Don’t forget to clean inside!
Conservatory cleaning doesn’t just involve cleaning the outside - the inside matters just as much! Mould and mildew enjoy moist conditions and can make themselves at home if your conservatory is poorly ventilated. Be sure to give your conservatory interior a thorough clean to remove any pesky contaminants that could build up if left in the right conditions.
Little and often
Cleaning your conservatory is no small feat so you’ll want to make the job as smooth as possible. Doing smaller tasks such as wiping down your window frames and windowsills regularly can take the load off. Regular cleaning can prevent the buildup of dirt and dust, saving you time and effort in the long run.
Don’t stand on the roof!
Be safe when cleaning! Your conservatory roof is not made to bear heavy loads and the glass panels are not designed to take your weight. The best way to clean your conservatory roof is by using the right equipment for the job.
Invest in an extendable cloth or brush that will help to wipe away excess conservatory cleaner and use a hose nozzle that can reach the height with ease. Using the right equipment for the job means you can safely clean your conservatory without climbing to the very top of a ladder.
Don’t forget to wipe down the exterior (and interior) framework!
You can tackle your exterior and interior conservatory framework with some hot soapy water and a sponge. Be sure to only use soapy water on the window framework - using soapy water on window panes can create unsightly streak marks. Clean the window frames first before tackling the conservatory window glass to prevent any residue from falling onto freshly cleaned window panes. Use a duster or an old paintbrush to loosen any debris, dirt or dust that has collected around the frame.
After you’ve removed the looser dirt you can get to work on those more stubborn bits of grime. Once you’re finished tackling the window frames, give your windowsill a good thorough wipe down and use your hoover to pick up any debris that has made its way to the floor. Placing old towels down underneath each window prior to cleaning can also catch any dirt as well as protect your flooring.
Clean inside and outside window panes
Don’t forget to do both sides of your conservatory window panes. When it comes to deciding whether to do the inside or outside first, it generally comes down to individual preference and weather conditions.
Tackling the outside first gives you a better vantage point to see any grime that’s left on the inside of the windows. However, cleaning the inside first can be the better option if the weather isn’t favourable for tackling outdoors just yet.
Use products that work
If you’ve not cleaned your conservatory for a while then it’s likely you’ll need a little more than just soapy water to do the job properly. When it comes to cleaning conservatory window panes, soapy water is probably not the answer. Soapy water can create unsightly streaks that can ruin the appearance of a nice clean conservatory.
Using a specially formulated window cleaner like Wet & Forget Window can prevent window streaking and water spotting. Check out our guide for more information on how to clean windows properly as well as how to avoid common window washing mistakes.