Keeping glass areas in your home looking spotlessly clean and in pristine condition does take a little work on your part. The good news is that it’s easy to do. Setting aside a bit of time every six months or so can make a big difference to keeping your rooflights and bi-fold doors sparkling like new.
Maintaining your rooflights
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 six 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 micro-fibre 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 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 must 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.
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.
Roofglaze offers the innovative ClearShield Eco-Glass™ by Ritec to make keeping your rooflight glass clean and looking new as easy as possible. Able to bond to the glass itself, ClearShield prevents contaminants from permeating into the glass surface in the first place along with creating a chemical bond that gives the glass both high performance protection and durability. ClearShield is completely transparent and as it becomes part of the glass it will not peel, discolour or crack.
Regular maintenance of both your rooflights and bi-fold doors will ensure that your window areas are always sparkling clean and free from dirt, especially if they are protected with any of the Ritec products. This will also mean that your installations last as long as possible and look great while doing so.