If you are lucky enough to have a conservatory in your home, then you will want to pay special attention to the tips below to make sure you keep it in tip top shape with proper maintenance and care.
Conservatories have always been a popular option for many homes across the UK. But today, more business establishments are opting for conservatories as well, as they serve as a great addition to one’s business premises, giving more personality and character, the right ambiance, and a more welcoming atmosphere to any office, food establishment, or shop.
Whether you already have a conservatory in your business premises or you are still contemplating having one installed, it is important to know how to properly maintain it. This is so you will able to make use of and enjoy your conservatory for many years to come.
Basic maintenance: ventilation
Your conservatory will need basic maintenance in the form of proper ventilation. Whenever possible, provide your conservatory with all the natural airing and ventilation it can have by opening your conservatory’s doors and windows and making sure that the ridge’s trickle vent(s) are open. You should also make sure that the conservatory eave’s trickle vents and roof vents (if fitted) are open all the time.
Another basic maintenance to consider for your conservatory is the appropriate heating. One of your conservatory’s worst enemies is condensation, and you can control this by making sure there is enough heat in your conservatory, especially during the colder months. What you can do is place radiators and other heating devices or appliances underneath your conservatory’s windows so that the temperature of the panes will be maintained.
Maintenance of handles and locks
All conservatories will be outfitted with various locks and handles as well. For this, you need to take special care. But don’t worry, maintaining your conservatory’s handles and locks should not be so difficult, either. All you have to do is lubricate the handles, hinges and locks regularly with a lubricant such as WD40. Aside from this, make sure that the mastic seal (the sealant used for sealing gaps on window and door edges) is properly applied. If you notice any discolouration in the seal, there is no need to be alarmed as this occurs naturally over time.
If your conservatory’s handles and locks are made of brass and are showing signs of peeling or tarnishing, you can simply refurbish it by removing the old and peeling lacquer covering with a paint thinner or stripper or nail polish remover, then polishing it with a good brass polish. Afterwards, you can simply apply new lacquer.
Maintenance of the glass in your conservatory
Your conservatory will undoubtedly be comprised mostly of glass, so in this regard, particular care and maintenance is also required. If your conservatory’s glass is covered with dirt or dust, you can simply remove this by using a mixture of soap and water and wiping it with a clean cloth. Then you can apply any standard glass cleaner to the glass with another clean cloth. It is important to note that you cannot use any glass cleaning products which have particles which are abrasive or which have silicone whilst cleaning your conservatory.
Whilst it’s true that a conservatory needs a bit of care and maintenance, as attested to by conservatory and window specialists like The Window Store (you can learn more about their products and services by visiting http://windowstoreplastics.co.uk) it is certainly worth it in the end, and the care and maintenance that is required is quite minimal as well.
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