Maintaining your conservatory to keep it looking its best – and safeguarding your investment – is a key concern for many proud homeowners. Perhaps the most crucial aspect of conservatory maintenance is cleaning the glazed roof. A clean roof not only enhances the overall appearance of this glazed room but also ensures maximum natural light in your sunny spot. In this blog we explore the best ways to clean a conservatory roof and how to achieve a gleaming shine safely.
Preparing to clean
Before you start, gather the necessary tools and take some safety precautions. You will need a sturdy ladder, a soft brush or broom, a garden hose or pressure washer, mild detergent or proprietary window cleaner, a bucket, a squeegee, and clean microfibre-type cloths. Ensure you wear suitable old clothes, or protective clothing, such as overalls and gloves to shield yourself from any cleaning solution or debris.
Keep it green
We always advocate using products that are effective yet environmentally friendly. Channel Windows recommends mild detergents or one of the many proprietary brand cleaning solutions that are specifically designed for the purpose. These products effectively remove dirt, grime, and algae without causing damage to the roof material. Look for environmentally friendly options that are biodegradable and phosphate-free to minimise the impact on the ecosystem. Or make your own.
Vinegar with your windows?
For totally natural alternatives, there are several eco-friendly solutions. Brown vinegar is a versatile cleaning agent that works well on glass surfaces. Mix equal parts of brown vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray it onto the roof. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off with a hose or pressure washer. Baking soda, combined with water to form a paste, can also help remove stubborn stains. Apply the paste, let it sit, and then scrub gently with a soft brush before rinsing.
White vinegar is another excellent cleaning solution, as it is both antibacterial and an effective mould killer. What’s more, it evaporates without leaving a lingering scent. Clear vinegar is great for cleaning windows as it cuts through grease to leave no streaky residue behind, simply mix two tablespoons in a bucket of warm water. You can use the same process to clean the interior and exterior of the windows, but externally there will probably be more dirt and possibly salt depending on your location so you might require a stronger ratio. Bird droppings require a little gentler persuasion with a flat blunt blade but again do not scour with abrasive sponges or harsh brushes and keep adding warm water to help dissolve the often-acidic mess.
Start by removing loose debris and leaves from the roof using a soft long-handled brush or broom. Avoid using any abrasive tools that may scratch the surface. Next, fill a bucket with warm water and your chosen cleaning solution, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Dip your soft brush or mop into the solution and gently scrub the roof, starting from the top and working your way down. Be thorough but avoid excessive pressure to prevent any damage. Rinse the roof thoroughly using a garden hose or a pressure washer on a low setting. Finally, use a squeegee to remove any excess water, and dry the glass surfaces with clean microfibre cloths – or scrunched up newspaper – to prevent streaks.
A note on ladders
Cleaning a conservatory roof often requires using a ladder, so it’s crucial to prioritise safety. Ensure your ladder is stable and placed on a level surface. Use ladder stabilisers and standoff brackets or rags wrapped around the top of the ladder to prevent any damage to the edge of the roof. Always maintain three points of contact on the ladder, and never overreach. If possible, have someone assist you by holding the base of the ladder for added stability. It’s also advisable to wear slip-resistant shoes to prevent any accidents.
Cleaning your conservatory roof is an essential part of its regular maintenance. By following the expert advice provided by Channel Windows, you can ensure a clean and pristine roof while prioritising safety and the environment. Regular cleaning will help extend the lifespan of your conservatory and maintain its aesthetic appeal for years to come. Remember, if you’re uncomfortable or unable to clean the roof yourself, seek professional assistance to ensure the job is done safely and effectively.