Your home’s conservatory is one of its most maintenance-free parts, but its roof can occasionally get cluttered and with a large amount of glass it’s important to keep them smear-free and sparkling. To make the most of your beautiful view, you can use the effective cleaning tools, tips and methods below.
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Cleaning Your Conservatory Roof
Getting your conservatory roof sparkling clean depends on two things: the cleaning product you’re using, and the method used to apply it. The first problem you’ll need to solve is how to access the roof; it’s not safe to stand up there, especially if your roof is made of glass.
Choose a tool that allows you to clean the conservatory’s roof from the ground. Whether you use a sponge on a telescoping handle or a water-fed pole to apply the soap and water, you’ll need to keep an eye on the job by standing on a small step ladder.
Stubborn residues, mold and mildew may require some loosening before the actual cleaning. There are soaps and cleaning agents that can loosen those deposits, and allow them to slide off with a good spraying. It’s best to use warm, soapy water to clean your conservatory but this won’t prevent or slow down the growth of algae. Try using an algaecide to keep your conservatory looking fresher for longer, you can also use a bleach-water solution.
Now that you have your materials ready, you can begin the exterior cleaning process by following these steps:
- Assemble your materials and secure the work area. Set up your stepladder on solid, level ground. If necessary, ask someone to hold the ladder and pass tools and supplies to you.
- Working from one side to the other, apply a generous amount of soapy water to the conservatory’s roof. Allow it to penetrate for a minute, and then scrub briskly until all dirt and grime has disappeared. Take care not to use any abrasive cleaners or tools, as they can scratch the glass.
- When the roof is sufficiently clean, rinse it thoroughly and wipe it down to avoid streaking. There are telescoping tools with squeegee attachments just for this purpose.
- Assess your work from the ground. Your conservatory roof should be sparkling clean; now you’ll have time to tackle those dirty windows!
- Cleaning your conservatory’s framework is equally important, and it should be done at least twice per year (in the spring and autumn). For UPVC a special cleaner can be used and for wood, it can be brushed down, wiped with warm water and treated with the appropriate oils and treatments.
- Special care should be taken with your conservatory’s gutters. Clogged gutters encourage moss and algae growth, and can limit drainage and cause leaks. Clean them at least every three months, using a stepladder and supports. Use a gloved hand to remove debris, as vigorous spraying can loosen the gutter.
Cleaning the Interior of Your Conservatory
Now that the outside of your conservatory is shiny and clean, you’ll want the inside to look just as nice. The best way to get the interior clean can vary from one situation to another, but most homeowners worry about keeping the glass streak- and smudge-free. You can clean glass with a commercial cleaning product and paper towels, but vinegar and old newspapers work just as well. Floors should be swept and mopped regularly, and furniture dusted, vacuumed and cleaned as needed. Even a quick spot cleaning can have a positive effect on the look and feel of your conservatory.