Window & Door maintenance & care guide

At Mike Martin Windows we are extremely proud of every installation we undertake and are confident your new windows and doors will look fantastic on your Cornwall home for years to come. This is why we have put together this short maintenance guide to show you how to look after your windows and doors.

Your new windows & doors require a minimal amount of care in order to give you trouble-free operation and remain in optimum condition for many years to come.

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uPVC Care

Tips for uPVC care include

  • Use warm soapy water to wipe them down.
  • Avoid using abrasive products like metal polish, solvents and scouring pads, as they may damage woodgrain and gloss effect finishes.
  • To remove tenacious marks, use a specialist uPVC cleaner.
  • Avoid condensation build-up by clearing leaves and debris from drainage slots and inside the opening sashes.

Composite Door Care

Composite doors are extremely low maintenance. Care for each part of your door in the following way:

  • Door leaf: remove grit and grime using warm water and dry with a cloth.
  • Door frame: use warm soapy water to wash and apply specialist uPVC cleaner to remove tenacious stains.
  • External glass: use warm soapy water to wash and dry with a cloth. Apply a glass cleaner afterwards.
  • Leaded glass: wash using warm soapy water, dry with a soft cloth and finish with glass cleaner.
  • Cylinder locks: a Teflon-based lubricant is recommended. Avoid graphite powder and oil.

Hardware

Tips for hardware care include:

  • Lubricate metal-to-metal joints (gearing and locking mechanisms, friction stays, hinges, shootbolts and espagnolette) that don’t have nylon bearings once per year using light engineering oil; a 3-in-1 works well.
  • Cleaning: be sure to clean your window furniture every four months to remove dirt and dust. Use a soft duster or damp chamois leather. Avoid abrasive products like scouring pads, metal polish and acetone. Use high-quality polishings and coatings to avoid having to clean very regularly.
  • Cleaning tips: take off hand or arm-based jewelry and watches beforehand as you could accidentally scratch the glass. Never lean ladders against window frames and never walk on a bay roof; you could seriously injure yourself. Use tower scaffolding if access is required. Make sure you’re using the right cleaning method for the correct area of the window.

Glass

Tips for glass care include:

  • Use a non-smear glass cleaner and paper towel to ensure your glass remains shiny.
  • Apply the cleaner directly onto the glass, making sure to cover the corners, and wipe down thoroughly using a paper towel until the cleaner is almost gone.
  • External glass: clean every 4 months and ensure it stays free of grime and debris. Use soapy water and wipe with a cloth or paper towel
  • Internal glass: clean with soapy water, finish using a glass cleaner and wipe down with a paper towel or cloth.

What our customers say

Can’t fault the team at Mike Martin

Due to long lead times across the industry, we had to wait several months for our new front door, but it was worth the wait. Can’t fault the team at Mike Martin – fantastic choice and finish options, great quality product, friendly and helpful staff.

Edmonds, S

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was recommended to Mike Martin Windows by my Son who has had work from them many times. They are very helpful and all staff
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Matthias, J

Excellent service from start to finish

Excellent service from start to finish

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