uPVC windows need much less maintenance than timber frame windows to continue looking good, however they are not maintenance free. Cleaning uPVC is different to cleaning wood. Below are a few useful tips for keeping your uPVC window frames looking as beautiful and shiny as the day they were first installed.

The first thing to bear in mind is that uPVC is a plastic and can react negatively to certain chemicals. If you buy a cleaning product for your uPVC window frames, be sure to read the label carefully to make sure it is suitable to use on PVC products. If you are not certain don't take the risk. Once uPVC is damaged by chemicals, the damage cannot be undone. It is a good idea to consult your uPVC windows supplier to find a suitable cleaner for the uPVC frame.

The other thing to bear in mind is that uPVC scratches easily. So never clean with abrasive scrub mats or rough cloths. If you have a stain on your uPVC windows don't be tempted to use a scouring pad to remove the stain. There are two ways to remove a stain – either use lots of elbow grease or a PVC gloss.

Below is a description of a tried and tested method for cleaning uPVC window frames that uses vinegar and water and then completes the job with PVC gloss.

First open the uPVC windows and vacuum the tracks and remove all loose debris and dirt.

Secondly take a spray bottle and fill it with a solution of warm water and white vinegar. The solution should be one part vinegar to four parts water. Spray the uPVC window frame and tracks with the vinegar/water mixture and leave for two minutes.

After leaving for two minutes wipe off the solution with a clean damp cloth.

Once the uPVC is dry you can add PVC gloss if your uPVC windows lack shine or have a scratch or stain. Brush on the PVC gloss with a clean paint brush. Use a small paint brush to allow you to be precise in the task.

Then follow the drying instructions for your PVC gloss. Be sure to wipe off any excess gloss and any gloss that is on the actual glass window with a paper towel.

Finally, close the window and spray the glass with a glass cleaner. Wipe the glass dry with a paper towel.

Once these steps for cleaning uPVC windows are followed you should have not only sparkling windows but also shiny and new looking uPVC frames.

The final thing to do is to check around the window for any loose screws and parts. If you find any use a screwdriver to tighten the parts. If you find a damaged part then get it replaced as soon as possible. If any mechanism on the window is faulty if could lead to more serious damage of the window and frame and could also compromise the security of the window. Also it is a good idea to occasionally use a mild lubricant and light grease on the opening mechanism to make sure the window continues to open smoothly.

For quick cleaning, baby wipes are recommended because they are soft and do not contain any harsh chemicals.

If you follow these rules your uPVC windows will continue to look great for many years to come. You will avoid stains and scratching and regular maintenance of the window will prolong the life of the window.