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As we wave goodbye to winter, we also see the end of floral tones and bold colours. Fortunately, the colour experts at this year’s recent Ideal Home Show have revealed their top colour trends for spring 2019.

Woodland shades

Most paint brands have already released their colours of the year and 2019’s theme is very much centred around a more mindful, lifestyle-based approach. This is a stark contrast to last year which was all about vibrant reds, modern metallics and even statement black walls.

Woodland shades including mushroom greys and fern-inspired colours are very trendy at the moment. Blended with warm brown colours, this gives off an old world, naturalist feel. Ideal for those who love to bring a bit of the outdoors into their home.

Brown tones of spiced honey

Having been revealed as Dulux’s colour of the year 2019, 1970s chic is officially back. If you’re not sure how to incorporate brown shades into your colour scheme without it looking too old fashioned, opt for caramel shades such as spiced honey.

Creative director of Dulux, Marianne Shillingford says:

“Just a spoonful of honey makes all the difference. Especially when you want to create a decorating scheme that’s soothing and welcoming. Spiced Honey is one of those colours that you don’t need a lot to make a difference. Use it to balance out rich vibrant shades that you love but feel a bit nervous using in a living room.’

Visit their website for more details – https://www.dulux.co.uk/en/colour-year-2019-dulux

Hunter greens

Continuing with the nature theme, we’ll be seeing a lot of hunter greens this year.

Giving your house a fresh lick of paint is one of the quickest, easiest and most affordable ways to freshen it up and even increase its value. The great thing about this shade is that it’s timeless and works beautifully with natural elements and neutral tones. It also transitions seamlessly between walls, furniture and accessories and it’s gender neutral.

As a general rule, use darker greens in shady rooms to emphasise their depth. Use cooler, paler greens in darker rooms for their light reflective qualities and opt for grey-greens on woodwork to create that heritage look.

Hunter green colours really do ensure that your home will look great for years to come as well as appeal to potential buyers if you’re thinking about putting your house on the market.

Coral

If you’re someone who does like to be bold with the décor, you’ll be pleased to hear that Pantone’s colour of the year is Living Coral.

Interior design expert, Carolyn Pressly suggests breaking this shade into its two counterparts – orange and pink. Add a shade of white as well and paint alternate vertical stripes for an energising and uplifting look that won’t feel too OTT.

Complete the look with some beautiful window shutters. Shutters have a classic design that don’t age and because they look great in white, they really compliment rooms which feature a bolder design.

Washed, muted tones

Emphasising just how trendy re-creating the look of nature is, Crown has also based their 2019 colour palette on the natural beauty of weathered eroding surfaces.

The paint experts recommend creating an ombrè effect for a truly stylish look. This tends to work best in rooms where you want to relax such as the living room, bedroom or bathroom because it leaves the room feeling calm and soothing.

For more great interior design trends for 2019, head over to Elle Décor – https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/g23550602/design-trends-2019/

Suitable for every room in the house (even kitchens and bathrooms), window shutters are timeless, elegant and guaranteed to give your house the wow factor.

Windows can be tricky to dress in general however and you may feel this even more if you have already invested in shutters. To help you out, we have listed below some great ways of how you can dress your window shutters.

Pair them up with curtains

Considering most people opt for one or the other, it may seem like a crazy concept to pair shutters with curtains. However, doing so can provide many benefits:

  • It helps to create a luxury look
  • The difference between the textures creates contrast which gives off a boutique vibe in your home
  • Window shutters are popular for so many reasons and by adding an extra layer with curtains, you can maximise these benefits even further. Increased privacy and security, further noise reduction and a boost to your energy efficiency are just a few of them

Paint them

If you prefer the natural look, window shutters look great as they are. Perhaps you want to make more of a feature of them? If this is the case, a lick of paint can go a long way. You can either paint your shutters a similar shade to your walls and then introduce pattern and print with accessories and flooring. However, if you want to make your window dressings the star of the show, go monochrome. If your walls are white, a dramatic black will help to create maximum contrast to ensure they really stand out. If you feel a little unsure about painting your shutters, read this helpful article: https://www.dummies.com/home-garden/home-painting/how-to-paint-windows-and-shutters/

Accessorise

If you’d rather leave your shutters as they are, the good news is that there are plenty of ways you can enhance their natural look. Accessories are a great way to draw people’s eyes towards the shutters and ensure they’re the focal point of the room.

  • Place glass vases and jars on your windowsill. As well as adding some colour to the room, they pick up the natural light and add texture to a room – for some great windowsill advice follow this link: https://www.homedit.com/6-ways-to-decorate-dress-your-window-sills/
  • Purchase some indoor plants that love the sunshine. Bringing a bit of the outdoors inside has many benefits including reducing stress and helping us to concentrate. Not to mention, plants look great as well and help to add colour into the room
  • Relive all your favourite memories by adding some picture frames to your windowsills

 

Install window boxes

Now your shutters look great on the inside, what about the outside? A great way to guarantee your window dressings stand out to passers-by is to install some window boxes to the outside of your property.

Here you can plant some of your favourite colourful plants which will really help to give your home that extra special touch. As well as looking fantastic, one of the greatest things about window box plants is they’re easy to maintain because when it comes to watering them, simply open your window and you can access them from inside.

For more information about window shutters and how they can help to enhance your home, please feel free to get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help.

It’s official – wallpaper is back in fashion and believe it or not, the bolder the better according to this article in the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/interiors/home/six-stylish-wallpapers-2018/.

Because we’ve become so used to decorating our homes with neutral colours and conservative designs making the transition to a more daring décor can feel quite scary. However, if you’re keen to make the transition but aren’t quite sure where to start, below are some great ideas for decorating your home using bold wallpaper designs.

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Wallpapering your entire lounge with the boldest design you can find, probably won’t end well. When it comes to this trend, it’s wise to start with small areas and then expand as you get used to it.

Try wallpapering a room you use occasionally or just a small area such as wherever you have open shelving. This will be less of a shock initially and over time you can expand the wallpapered areas of your home. An added benefit of starting with a small space is that if you decide you prefer a different design later on, it’s not such a big job to change.

Decide where you’re going to wallpaper

You have many different options when you’re working with wallpaper. If you choose to cover all four walls, a classic horizontal stripe design helps to create a fresh and contemporary look that won’t overwhelm the room.

If you choose a really bold design for your wallpaper, you’re better off creating a feature wall so the décor doesn’t become overwhelming. This is also the preferable option if you already have a great feature in the room such as window shutters which you don’t want to detract from.

Flat versus textured wallpaper

Whether you decide to choose a flat or textured design really comes down to personal style. Textured wallpapers can help to give dimension and they also do a great job of covering imperfections. Some textured wallpapers are also paintable if you want to unleash your inner creativity and make your own design.

With flat wallpapers, you have the option of fine detailing and embellishments such as metallic, gloss or mica effects. Flat designs can make a wall more refined and are well suited to those who are looking for a bolder look.

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One of the best ways to ensure that your bold wallpaper design works well is to incorporate lots of visual breaks so it’s not overwhelming. Big mirrors, lighter-coloured furnishings, a headboard and cupboards are all great ways to balance out a busy design to make it easier on the eye.

Create a mural

If you’re ready to take the plunge, murals are a very trendy way of incorporating wallpaper into your home in a big way. Whether you dream of sleeping in a rainforest or want a view of the deep blue sky, these wall designs can really help you to create a story.

The seasons are changing but that’s no reason for you not to still enjoy colourful vases of fresh flowers in your home. The autumn season is full of vibrant colours, from red berries and rich dark reds to rustic browns and zesty oranges, there’s plenty of choice to keep your home in full colour.

If you’re not sure where to start and are looking for inspiration, our tips below will soon have your house full of fresh seasonal plants, so you can enjoy autumn before the festive season is upon us in earnest!

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Autumn Berries
Your garden will be alive with autumnal berries which can be used to create wonderful arrangements for your vases. Rose hips, hawthorn and rowan berries are all in plentiful supply at the moment. Cut sprays of each and add to a vase for a classic elongated look. You can also add evergreen leaves such as fir, holly and ivy for a fuller effect.

Vibrant reds and oranges

The classic colours of autumn are often referred to as warming, and when used in bouquets in full colour, they can really be quite striking. The Physocarpus ‘Diable d’Or’ also commonly known as the Ninebark has lovely deep purple red leaves, mixed with the blood flower and a few sprigs of the red berries mentioned above, you’ll make a lovely, warm, colourful arrangement. To really make your creation stand out, place your vase against your plain white window shutters.

Harvest Season

For those of you who like to bring nature into your home why not use seasonal vegetables and crops to create a harvest vase. If your pumpkins are ready why not carve one out and use the shell as the vase and fill with ears of corn, pine cones, and spiky beech nut branches to add contrast to the arrangement. Flowers such as dahlia’s and chrysanthemums should also be in full bloom so why not add some of these into the mix.
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Falling Leaves

If you’re feeling creative and artistic you could always make your own autumn wreath using any of the wonderful fallen leaves that are in your garden. Hopefully you’ll have an array of amazing colours that you can use to create a truly stunning wreath. If you need some inspiration, follow this link for some great ideas: https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/g1988/fall-craft-projects/?slide=1

Top Tips

For some more top tips and how to make your wonderful creations stand out, keep the following in mind:

  • Make the most of your hallway and show it off to its best with welcoming vases to give a great first impression.
  • Remember flowers don’t just belong in vases. Why not repurpose old jugs and bowls and give them a new lease of life.
  • Remember to always make sure there’s a part of you in any home decorating you do and that includes your flower arrangements. There’s no right or wrong so go with your heart and put your stamp on anything you create.

For more great autumn flower arrangement ideas follow this link: https://www.topdreamer.com/15-autumn-flower-arrangements/

Spring cleaning is a great way to prepare for the summer months. Big jumpers and heavy duvets are stored away in favour of lighter decors and our homes are filled with all the beautiful flowers now in bloom.

As we reluctantly welcome winter, we begrudgingly dig out what we need and rarely give it much more thought than simply trying to keep warm. An autumn clean can actually be very beneficial to your home, your health and your happiness however.

Below we have detailed some great ways to ensure your autumn deep clean can help to keep you and your family healthy this winter. For further information follow this link: https://www.everydayhealth.com/cold-and-flu/minimizing-germs-at-home.aspx.

shutterstock_399937783Give bedding a deep clean

One of the biggest downsides to winter is the dreaded cold and flu bugs that constantly go around. There are a number of reasons why we’re more prone to getting ill during the winter months but one of the main ones is because as the temperature drops and we crank up the heating, fabrics become a haven for the germs, bacteria, mould and mites that thrive in warm winter environments.

Beds are a haven for bacteria and while we may be good at washing our sheets, how often do your pillows and duvet get a wash?

As well as your usual bedding, give your pillows and duvet a super clean to keep bugs at bay. Either head to the dry cleaner or if they can fit into the washing machine you have at home, put them on a 60˚C wash to ensure any bugs are destroyed.

Wipe down surfaces

One of the most effective ways of preventing winter bugs from spreading is by ensuring that all surfaces are properly cleaned with an anti-bacterial cleaning spray. As well as remembering the usual suspects such as kitchen and bathroom surfaces, don’t forget about commonly neglected areas such as door handles and light switches. We touch these surfaces several times a day and it’s therefore very easy to spread all sorts of germs.

Open windows

This is probably the last thing you want to do as the temperatures start to drop but lack of ventilation is another big cause of winter bugs spreading.

shutterstock_1083361007Hanging our washing up to dry, cooking and even just breathing is enough to cause damp and condensation to build up in our homes. This high indoor humidity encourages bacteria, dust mites and fungi to grow which can trigger or worsen respiratory infections. What’s more, when we bring germs into the home, we’re more likely to breath them in within enclosed, unventilated spaces.

Try to open windows as much as possible. The Ventilation can help to freshen stale air and lessen the likelihood of coming into contact with particles that are sneezed or coughed into the air when people are ill.

Our window shutters are ideal in the winter months because you can have your windows open and adjust the slats to prevent too much cold air coming in. This allows you to get the best of both worlds – ventilation to prevent the spread of bacteria without having to worry about being freezing cold.

Confirming the importance of an autumn clean, environmental practitioner from The Hygiene Doctor, (https://thehygienedoctor.co.uk/) Dr Lisa Ackerley commented:

“Spring is traditionally when we give the house a deep clean but autumn cleaning is even more important. Central heating and closed windows reduce ventilation and create dream conditions for dust mites, bacteria and mould. Add in food crumbs, spillages, wet laundry and trodden-in dirt and you’re creating the perfect environment for bugs to thrive.”

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is nearly over but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to catch up on the latest interior design trends. From the return of black and bringing mother nature indoors to timeless shutters and statement ceilings, below we share our top 10 interior decorating trends for 2018.

Black is back

shutterstock_234642958When it comes to decorating our homes, most of us will avoid black like the plague. After all, the darker the colour, the smaller a room looks and what’s more, who wants a dark and dingy room?

However, when used in the right way, black can be very striking. A black feature wall can for example create a powerful yet elegant statement and black furniture, fixtures, prints and finishes can help statement pieces stand out.

If you’re worried about size, pair black with light colours because the contrast will actually help to further enhance the overall size and appearance of the space you have available.

Statement ceilings

Who would have thought your ceiling could be used to create a design statement? A growing trend for 2018 is to keep walls one colour and then wallpaper, tile, decorate or paint the ceiling to make it the standout feature for the room. House Beautiful wrote a great article back at the end of 2017: https://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/g14442470/statement-ceilings-trend/

Bringing nature indoors

Unsurprisingly, this year’s interior design trends are taking a more environmentally-friendly approach. As a result, it’s becoming increasingly common to see plenty of natural, warm elements combined with earthen luxury.

From materials that are obtained from nature to those that mimic the look and feel of it, when it comes to this trend, anything goes. Try throwing in natural wood, granite, pebbles, marble and plants to create an earthy feel to your home.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper may have fallen out of favour years ago but as with most trends, it’s officially back in fashion. Landscape scenery, abstract shapes and colourful geometric patterns can really help to add an interesting twist to uninspiring living spaces.

Window shutters

Year after year, window shutters manage to retain their spot in top 10 lists of interior design trends. With so many benefits of these window dressings, it’s easy to see why this is:

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  • They’re simple yet elegant which means that they’re timeless and will look great in any home
  • They’re made from high quality wood and are therefore incredibly long-lasting
  • You can control how much light enters your property by adjusting the slats
  • They offer increased security and privacy
  • They help to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter
  • They’re child and pet friendly
  • Waterproof options are available which means they can even be used in kitchens and bathrooms

Personalised spaces

By adding a personal touch to your space, you can leave a mark on your home’s interior design as well as customise it to your lifestyle. Infusing your own character and personality throughout also creates a unique style that no other home will have.

Oversized florals

Fitting in with the nature theme, oversized florals are tipped to be hugely popular this autumn. Think wall murals, cushions and bedding and remember to keep the rest of the room simple so that the florals become the centrepiece.

Terrazzo

Unless you remember the 70s you’re unlikely to have heard of terrazzo. Like wallpaper however, it has started to make a big comeback this year.

These colourful floor tiles create a beautiful edge to any room and much more affordable options have started to appear on the market which is no doubt contributing to its growth in popularity.

Metallics

More industrial shades of metal have become a popular choice in 2018. The likes of brass and nickel which aren’t as shiny as other metallics will add a more natural look to your home.

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Most of us tend to opt for the minimalist look but the braver among you will be pleased to know that maximalism is our final trend for 2018. Think clashing prints, bright colours and attention-grabbing accessories – the bolder the better. Follow this link to an article The Independent published in June, it will soon have cluttering rather than de-cluttering! https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/design/maximalism-interior-design-home-style-minimalist-decor-a8384426.html

Although they’re incredibly harmless in the sense that they won’t bite us, flies are a nuisance and can of course cause hygiene issues in food preparation areas. If you’re not so keen to spray chemicals around your home, below are some great natural ways to keep flies away.

Herbs and plants
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There are a number of herbs and plants that act as a fly repellant because they really don’t like the strong smell. The most common is basil which is good news because not only is it easy to get hold of, it also has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which helps to create a healthy environment for your home.

Other plants that flies don’t tend to like include lavender, mint, bay leaf, tansy and wormwood. The best place to keep them is near open windows because this is the most likely point of entry for flies.  You can find out more helpful information on ‘How Stuff Works’ – https://home.howstuffworks.com/green-living/herbs-deter-flies-naturally.htm

Essential oils

Flies really hate the smell of essential oils, particularly Eucalyptus and Lavender. Lavender oil has in fact been used for many centuries as an insect repellant and the great news is that it’s very easy to find in shops or even make your own.

If you fancy making your own lavender oil, simply add some fresh lavender to a carrier oil (also known as base oil or vegetable oil). Whichever oil you use, ensure it doesn’t have a strong smell because you don’t want it to overpower the lavender. Infuse for 48 hours in a warm place, remembering to shake periodically.

Strain the lavender from the oil and place in a container. You can keep it in a dish around the house or use it as a spray if you’re worried about pets or children knocking it over.

Protect your windows

Open windows are the easiest way for flies to enter a property. Rather than face the prospect of never being able to let in any fresh air, you can give your windows a bit more protection.

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Window screens are designed to cover the opening of a window to prevent any bugs from entering. They’re usually a mesh made of plastic wire and although highly effective, can be rather unsightly. A great alternative are our window shutters which offer a range of benefits including:

  • It’s much more difficult for flies to make their way into your home, especially if you adjust the slats
  • You can have your windows open without worrying about the safety of pets or young children
  • They look fantastic
  • They can increase the value of your home
  • They’re great for keeping your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter

Plastic water bags

This isn’t the most attractive way to ward off flies but it is surprisingly effective. Flies have a remarkable amount of lenses in each eye which gives them the ability to detect light patterns and movement. Hanging a bag full of water outside windows and doors will therefore deter them because it reflects light all over the place which confuses them and causes them to stay away.

All you need to do is get a large, clear plastic bag (like a zip lock) and fill it three-quarters full with water. Tie a piece of string firmly around the top to make sure it won’t slip off and hang it wherever you think flies are most likely to come into your home.

You can also visit the Rentokil website for further great tips and advice – https://www.rentokil.co.uk/flies/how-to-get-rid-of-flies/

As August rolls into September the weather has taken on an autumnal feel. The evenings, which are now drawing in quicker than ever, have a definite chill in the air and the morning dew is quite apparent on the grass before the sun rises and melts it away.

Our gardens have had a particularly hard summer this year with long periods of drought and scorching sunshine for weeks on end resulting in brown lawns and a low yield on certain fruits and vegetables. But with the change of seasons we’ve had a change of weather and hopefully your lawn is turning green once again and your vegetable crops are reviving themselves.

If you’re planning on spending some time in the garden, here are a few jobs you can start as the autumn season gets underway.

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Even without stormy weather, the leaves will start to fall. To get ahead of the game (and more importantly to avoid some back breaking work in a few months’ time) it’s a good idea to start raking them up. Instead of tipping your leaves into your green recycling bin, why not make leaf mould a great way to make an invaluable soil conditioner.

Visit the RHS website for details of how to make leaf mould – https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=478

Window Boxes

If you like showing off your gorgeous plantation shutters with window boxes, now may be the time to get rid of any old summer bedding plants and plant some winter ones instead. Buying the plants now will probably save you money as they notoriously cheaper at this time of year when people are still enjoying the remnants of their summer blooms! Planting them now will also give them ample time to bed down before the winter weather arrives.

Seeds and Deadheading

If you like growing your plants from scratch, make sure you take advantage of those plants in your garden that have started to seed. Both annual and perennial plants can be grown from seed as long as the seeds have been stored correctly throughout the winter. You can get more information on harvesting seeds and how to keep them by visiting the Gardeners World website: https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-collect-and-save-seeds/

Early Frosts
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With the weather on the turn we’ll soon be in the throes of winter but make sure you don’t get complacent during the next few days as the UK enjoys a small Indian Summer. With daytime temperatures still nice and warm it’s easy to assume the nights are too but don’t be caught out. Scotland has already seen temperatures drop down to 6 degrees. Keep an eye out for early frosts so that you can cover or bring in any tender plants to protect them.

Spring Bulbs!

It’s hard to think of next spring when we still have two seasons to go but if you would like to see some blooms in spring, now’s the time to get planting! By the end of September make sure you have planted your spring-flowering bulbs like daffodils, crocus and hyacinths. Tulips can wait until November and hardy flowering plants like lilies and crocosmia can be planted in September and October.

The publication of a government housing white paper last year revealed that Britain’s new-build homes are the smallest in Europe. The report prompted claims that families are living in properties so cramped, there isn’t enough space for them to live comfortably. You can read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/feb/11/welcome-rabbit-hutch-britain-land-ever-shrinking-home

With lack of space a problem for so many of us, the question on everyone’s lips is ‘how can you make a small room look bigger?’

Paint the ceiling

Few of us pay much attention to the ceiling but did you know that anything that draws the eye upwards will actually make a room appear bigger? Try painting or putting wallpaper on the ceiling to make it a bit more of a feature so it’s one of the first things people notice when they walk into the room. Another great tip is to hang shelves near the ceiling as this too will help to divert people’s gaze upwards.

Pull furniture away from the wall
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When decorating a small room, it seems logical to push everything as close to the wall as possible so you can make the most of the floor space you have. Contrary to popular belief however, pushing furniture up against the wall makes everything look and feel cramped. Instead, try to leave a few inches between the wall and bigger items such as tables and sofas. This will help to make the space look more open and create the illusion of space.

Choose furniture that fills the room

When decorating a small room, large furniture is surely a big no-no? Again, this would seem like a common-sense approach but filling your room with lots of small pieces actually makes the place seem more cluttered. Choose big, statement pieces such as that huge corner sofa you’ve always wanted because the less clutter there is, the bigger a room feels. Another great sofa tip is to choose one where the legs are exposed. Being raised off the ground once again helps to create the feeling of space which can help to make the room look bigger.

Sabrina Soto from the American department store giant, Target also advises that anyone decorating a small room should follow the cantaloupe rule:

“Decorative accents smaller than a cantaloupe crowd a room. Instead, go for fewer decorations that are bigger.”

Window shutters

If you’re trying to make your home look bigger, a great way to create the illusion of space is with window shutters. Because this type of window dressing fits into the window recess, there’s no protrusion into the room. Curtains on the other hand are often fitted on the outside of the window which sticks out in the room and takes up more space.shutterstock_167597747

Shutters work particularly well with bay windows because they’re fitted onto the actual windows. When you have curtains covering bay windows, you lose the whole area once they’ve been closed.

For some more great tips on how to make a small room look bigger in just a few easy steps, head over to Good Housekeeping Magazine:

https://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/lifestyle/home-decorating-ideas/how-to-make-small-rooms-look-bigger

Our windows may feature in our cleaning routine on a regular basis but for many of us, we more often than not neglect the frames.

While they may be easy to miss, (especially if you have installed our window shutters which keep them hidden), keeping your uPVC window frames clean is important if you want to prevent damage from occurring and ensure that they stay looking great for as long as possible.

How to clean uPVC window frames
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The good news is that uPVC windows are incredibly low-maintenance. They only need cleaning about four times a year but do ensure that you do this because dirt, dust and grime will build up over time. The longer you leave it in between cleans, the more difficult the job will be when you eventually do it.

To begin, open your window as far as you can and remove any loose dirt by vacuuming in every alcove (including the hinge or opening mechanism). If your vacuum cleaner has a soft nozzle, make sure you use this to minimise the risk of scratching your frames.

Using a soft cloth or sponge and a bucket of warm soapy water, wipe down the window frame. It’s important to avoid using scouring pads or cream cleaners because they can scratch the uPVC and remove its glossy finish.

Washing up liquid is great for cleaning window frames but please check that whatever you’re using doesn’t contain dyes which can taint white frames or abrasive chemicals which may lead to permanent damage.

You can remove any excess water and dry your frames using a clean, non-abrasive cloth such as a tea towel, kitchen roll or an old t-shirt.

If you have plantation shutters, don’t forget to give them a wipe-down every once in a while to keep them looking great as well.

What if my window frames are old or very dirty?

Whether your uPVC frames are getting on a bit or they’ve lost their shine due to a build-up of dirt, with a little bit of elbow grease you can still get them looking as good as new.

The Lazy Susan Furniture website has a great non-chemical solution which will help remove even the toughest of stains:
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Mix one cup of vinegar with four cups of hot water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto your window frames and leave it to stand for about 10 minutes. Then simply use a clean, dry, non-abrasive cloth to wipe down and remove any excess liquid.

You can find out more top tips by visiting their blog page: https://www.lazysusanfurniture.co.uk/blog/diy/how-to-clean-upvc-windows-and-doors/

Things to avoid when cleaning uPVC window frames

In order to avoid causing irreplaceable damage to your frames, it’s important to only use products and methods which are suitable for the task.
When cleaning your frames, try to avoid the following mistakes:

  • Applying too much pressure when cleaning
  • Bleach – although this is usually a very effective cleaning product, it’s way too harsh for your window frames
  • Cif-type cream cleaners – even these are too abrasive for uPVC
  • Methylated spirits
  • WD40
  • White spirits
  • Wire or iron wool or scouring pads – these are almost guaranteed to scratch your window frames

For more great tips on how to look after your uPVC window frames including how to get rid of tough stains, head over to the Everest website for more information – https://www.everest.co.uk/.

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