Once those bifold doors are installed and ready to use, most of our customers are understandably impressed with how much they transform their home. One of the main questions we often get asked, is how easy it is to clean the windows and keep them in pristine condition.
The good news is that it’s pretty simple as long as you follow a few simple rules. You really can keep your doors looking like they’ve only been just installed. That’s the beauty of our bifold doors – not only are they simple to maintain but they’re easy to keep sparkling clean all year round.
Cleaning comes down to using the right technique and the right products. If you head into the supermarket, you can find all sorts of window cleaning products and you may be tempted to buy these. The problem is that many of these leave streaks and other marks, whether it’s for bifold doors or the more traditional windows in your home. You may want to pay a professional window cleaner to do the job for you and that’s absolutely fine.
But if you want to do it yourself, here’s our quick guide for bifold doors that look sparkling clean 100% of the time.
- First, you might not think it but the time of day you clean your windows can be important, especially during the summer. Try to avoid doing it when the sun is shining directly on the bifold doors as this can lead to quick drying and streaking. Do it either late in the day or on a day when the clouds have built up and there’s no direct sun.
- You’ll normally find that the outside of your bifold doors are going to be a little dirtier than the inside. We suggest that you start indoors and do this side first to prevent your cloths getting too contaminated.
- If there’s any dust on the surface of the window or around the frame, it’s a good idea to give it the once over with a soft brush to remove any before you start cleaning proper.
- If you live in a hard water area, you might like to think about getting a water softener. This will prevent streaks and stains appearing because of the calcium deposits in the tap water.
- Rather than spend a lot of money on supermarket cleaning products, mix one part white vinegar to one part water and put in a spray bottle. Use a clean sponge to wipe it over the window and clean thoroughly and then remove any excess with a traditional window squeegee. Stay consistent with your horizontal or vertical wipes, overlapping to avoid any streaks.
- Once the window has dried, it’s time to give your window a buff to finish it off. You can use a microfibre cloth but many people swear by either black and white newspaper or coffee filters if you want to get a really good finish. If you don’t have either of these to hand, a good quality chamois leather will do the job just as well.
Our top tip: Always use clean cloths and a good quality squeegee when you do your windows. You’ll find it makes a big difference!