Plastic or wood: Clean window frames: This is how you effectively remove dust and dirt

While old buildings mainly had wooden frames, most new buildings have plastic window frames.

Plastic or wood: Clean window frames: This is how you effectively remove dust and dirt

While old buildings mainly had wooden frames, most new buildings have plastic window frames. The material is not only more durable, but also easier to clean - but it also has a major disadvantage: its static charge causes it to almost magically attract dirt particles. This doesn't look nice, nor does it benefit the material. Therefore, you should not only clean the windows, but also the frames, for example during the next spring cleaning. However, before you start cleaning, there are a few important tips to consider: Depending on whether your window frames are made of plastic or wood, you can use different cleaning products or household products. You can find out what these are here.

Although plastic is very robust, the material can become porous if you use the wrong or too aggressive cleaning agents. Therefore, you should pay attention to the following tips:

If the plastic frames are very dirty or yellowed, you can use a special plastic cleaner (also available with biodegradable surfactants). It removes unsightly discoloration caused by nicotine or car exhaust fumes.

If the window frames haven't been cleaned for many years, they often get a yellow tint. Here you can try using oven spray: Simply spray it onto the plastic, let it take effect briefly and wipe it off. However, only use the aggressive spray very sparingly.

If there are still paint or varnish residues on the frames, for example from previous renovation work, you can remove the residues using spirit or a white spirit substitute. Apply the aggressive solution to a cloth and only allow it to take effect briefly.

Important: Do not under any circumstances use bleach containing chlorine - the result may initially look good, but the bleach can oxidize on the plastic frames, causing them to turn yellow over time.

Even though wood attracts less dust than plastic, the frames still need to be cleaned regularly. However, only mild cleaning agents may be used here:

Only clean wooden window frames with a cloth, water and a little detergent. Allow the rinse water to take effect briefly, then wipe it off again and dry the frame thoroughly.

For larger amounts of dirt, you can also use a special wood cleaner including UV protection for sensitive wooden surfaces.

Alternatively, there are also complete care sets (including cleaners, balm and care wipes) for coated wooden windows, which are intended to protect the material from the elements.

It also makes sense to care for the rubber seals on the windows afterwards so that they do not become porous. There are special rubber care products here.

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