How To Maintain Rooflights and Bi-Fold Doors?
Keeping glass areas spotlessly clean and in pristine condition does take a little work. The good news is it’s easy to do. Setting aside a bit of time every few months can make a big difference in keeping rooflights and bi-fold doors sparkling, like new.
Because they normally sit on top of a flat roof, you might think these installations are prone to getting a little dirtier compared to vertical windows, especially during the winter and autumn. Many new rooflight products have an easy clean surface, however, which means you don’t have to expend too much of your precious energy cleaning them. In fact, most manufacturers suggest that you clean the inside and outside of your rooflight every 6 months or so, depending on the location.
You should start by removing any dry dirt and cobwebs from around the frame. Next, either use a weak, warm water and washing up liquid solution or a specialist glass cleaning product along with a sponge to wash the rooflight. Next, use a squeegee to remove the water and then finish off with a microfibre cloth to avoid any streaks.
You should never use harsh cleaning products on the window area as this can damage the glass and erode any specialist coating there might be. We advise that you always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
When cleaning the interior, follow the same process. You will need to move furniture and put a protective plastic sheet underneath the window to catch any spillages.
Cleaning Bi-Fold Doors
You may also have sliding or bi-fold doors which will require cleaning and maintaining every so often. These are actually fairly low maintenance. If you live close to the sea or in an area where there is a lot of pollution, however, you might need to clean them a little more often.
With bi-fold doors, you have to consider the frames as well as the windows themselves. As with your rooflight, make sure you don’t use anything abrasive as this can damage the coating and paint. Check the runners at the bottom of the door to make sure they are free of debris. Vacuuming this area once a month should normally keep the area clear.
Easy to Maintain Glass
The glass can be cleaned as you would any normal window. Again, you should use warm water with a little washing up liquid in it and a sponge to apply. Start with the inside first and then do the outside in a methodical order. As with your rooflight, you can use a squeegee to remove most of the excess water and give the surface a good buff with a micro-fibre cloth to avoid streaks. Depending on the size of your bifold doors, we suggest cleaning one panel at a time properly before moving onto the next.
Regular maintenance of both your rooflight and bi-fold door will ensure that your window areas are always sparkling clean and free from dirt. That should also mean that your installations last as long as possible and look great at all times.