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How To Clean a UPVC Door

August 22, 2023
3 minutes

uPVC is an extremely popular choice for doors throughout the UK due to its incredibly low maintenance requirements compared to other solutions such as wood. A door made from uPVC can withstand the often brutal British weather and won’t require attention for a number of years. As with anything, however, putting a small amount of effort in periodically will increase its lifespan and save you money in the long run. 

It is a good idea to give your doors a regular wash and clean to keep it free from dust, dirt and grime, and looking sparkling clean. After all, it’s the gateway to your home! Many window cleaners will happily add your doors to their cleaning schedule for a small charge if you don’t have the time. 

Generally, a scrub two to three times a year should be more than enough. But if you want to keep your external fittings in tip-top condition then there is no harm in doing it more frequently. For houses nearer the coast that experience a lot of wind and salt residue, or rural locations with a lot of dusty agriculture or industries, we’d recommend a more frequent clean every couple of months, particularly in the dryer summer months. 

How to Clean uPVC Doors (External)

Cleaning your door panels and external frames can be done in a few easy steps with minimal equipment and products. 

  1. Use a soft brush to remove any dirt and dust.
  2. Rinse the door with a hose. You can use a bucket of water or jug if you don’t have a hose.
  3. With a warm soapy solution and a soft cloth or sponge, wipe down the door panels and external frame. You can use washing-up liquid or a UPVC cleaning solution. Avoid cleaning with wire wool or scouring pads as they can scratch and damage the door. 
  4. Rinse with clean water. 
  5. If you have glass/a window within your door, grab some glass spray and microfiber cloth to polish and remove water streaks. A vinegar spray/solution can also be used. 

How to Clean uPVC Doors (Internal)

  • Grab your vacuum and attach the soft head to the wand. Go over the uPVC panels and around the frame to remove any loose dirt. 
  • With a warm soapy solution and a soft cloth, wipe down the door panels and external frame. You can use washing-up liquid or a UPVC cleaning solution. You may want to put down a sheet to catch drips. 
  • Rinse with a damp clean cloth. 
  • Polish with a dry cloth (microfiber recommended) or kitchen towel. 
  • If you have glass/a window within your door, grab some glass spray and microfiber cloth to polish and remove water streaks. A vinegar spray/solution can also be used. 

How To Clean uPVC Door Frames

The inner parts of the door frame can be a little more tricky to clean, as external doors often host a build up of dust and dirt from outside. 

  • Grab a small hand-held brush, such as one from a dustpan and brush, and work around the frame to loosen any stubborn dirt. 
  • Grab your vacuum and attach the nozzle to the wand. Go around the frame and remove the loose dirt. 
  • If required, clean the inside of the frame with warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Try not to over-soak your cloth as it will leave behind puddles of water that will be hard to get out. 
  • Leave the door open to let the water dry, or use some kitchen towel or dry cloth. 

How To Remove Mould from uPVC Doors

Mould often forms on doors and windows that experience condensation or have leaks, so prevention is usually better than the cure. However if you do get mould, there are a few ways to clean it:

  • Warm water, soap and a cloth. 
  • A vinegar spray or homemade vinegar solution
  • Off-the-shelf mould/black mould spray

Avoid using bleach, sprays that contain bleach or white spirit/turpentine as this can discolour and damage the uPVC. 

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