Our conservatories are a delightful luxury if they are well maintained. However, they are very prone to mould and algae growth, and because they are predominantly comprised of window panelling, cleaning can prove to be quite the challenge. Take a look below for some of our best tips on cleaning and organising your conservatory.
Cleaning your Blinds
No matter what kid of blinds you have; wooden, fabric, or vertical, they are all notoriously difficult and time-consuming to clean. Here’s how to cut down on that time and make cleaning and maintenance of your blinds a breeze.
- Hoover blinds often with the brush attachment. Hoover across the slats, not up and down.
- Use a lamb’s-wool duster, again working across the slats and starting at the top. Do not use plastic dusters.
- When dusting or hoovering vertical blinds, brush downward only, as the slats often become unhooked if you brush upward.
Cleaning Algae from conservatory roof
Start by finding a suitable cleaning product, specifically developed to clean algae as well as ti kill off the spores to prevent recurring growth.
We would recommend Algae Free. This is a highly concentrated formula, recommended by many professionals for it efficient and effective removal of algae.
The product is most effective when applied to dry areas, exposed to sunlight. If you apply cleaning products to damp or shaded areas, then it will take longer to clean off the algae, and you might need to apple several treatments.
Cleaning the Interior
Ideally, you should clean your conservatory interior every six months or so. Mould and mildew are far easier to tackle before they’ve had a chance to build up and really take hold, and can be a real problem if your conservatory is poorly ventilated.
You can use the same washing solution you used for the exterior to make life easy. If your doors are creaking, using WD40 on metal hinges will help lubricate the door – just don’t use oil products like this on your rubber seals or sliding doors. If they’re creaking, check the door runners and remove any obstructions you can see.
Cleaning the conservatory glass roof from the inside
What you’ll need:
- Water fed pole/Extendable Pole
- Soap dispenser
- Soft brush head and squeegees
- Hose adaptor
- A ladder
- Some old sheets/ Oilcloth
- Microfibre Cloth
Cover the floor and all furniture with a sheet
When cleaning your conservatory windows from the inside make sure to protect your furniture first.
The soapy water can ruin your wooden floor, shelves or any kind of household belongings, hence you either have to remove them or cover them up.
Boil some water
It’s best to use purified water. Naturally not everyone has a water purifying system, however you can easily purify tap water by simply boiling it, and leaving it to cool off for 10 to 15 minutes. The process will eliminate all streak making particles which will help to achieve better results.
Fill up your soap dispenser
Fill your soap dispenser with purified water and some liquid soap.
Prepare alcohol for cleaning if you’re a smoker
Cigarette smoke can really ruin your windows and make them all yellow. You’ll need a stronger solution than just some soap and water mix.
Pre-treat the windows if yellow
You may need to pre-treat windows and sills with soapy water and alcohol. First, apply the alcohol then clean with soapy water.
After you have removed all dirt and you are satisfied with your conservatory windows, rinse thoroughly with purified water.
Leave windows to dry on their own
Your conservatory windows need to be left to dry naturally as it’ll bring the best possible results.
DIY Methods for cleaning your plants
Indoor Shower – By far the easiest way to wash a lot of house plants, is to put them in the shower and give them a gentle wash down.
The water should be lukewarm, rather than hot or cold and no soap of any kind is needed. You can wash several at once so it’s very quick. However, a small amount of soil will almost always wash out of the pot so be careful, especially if you have drainage issues.
Damp Cloth – Large older plants which are not easy to move such as the Rubber Plant or a mature Dragon Tree, or those with very large leaves can be gently rubbed over with a damp cloth. Support the leaf from below with your hand to prevent tearing.
Brushes – The final popular method is to use art brushes or puffers to clean the leaves. This is good for cacti with only a few small spines or hairy leaved plants such as the African Violet which results in ugly water marks if the leaves are splashed. It does take a bit more time and can be fiddly but you usually have to do it less often. Just brush or blow the dust away.