Victorian conservatories are among the most popular designs. They are chic and elegant and a perfect addition to many homes. Because a conservatory is made up primarily of glass, people often ask how to keep them clean.
Below you will find some easy tips for cleaning your conservatory. Before you begin, you might want to call your conservatory builder for an inspection. Conservatories should be inspected twice per year. Assuming that there are no repairs to be done, you can begin with collecting these supplies:
- Bucket filled with warm water
- Water Hose
- Absorbent cloths
- Grease fighting dish soap
- Step Ladder
- Scrub brush on an extension pole (for high places)
- Bleach (to reduce algae growth)
Note: you do not need harsh chemicals. Warm soapy water will clean the conservatory surfaces. However, if you want to use glass cleaner, you can. It certainly is the preferred method for indoor conservatory cleaning.
Some conservatories have glass roofs and some have traditional roofs which are an extension of the roof of the home. Some are a combination of the two. You will need to use a step ladder and your telescopic pole to clean this.
First, spray the roof with clean water with the water hose and telescopic pole. This will remove a lot of debris and materials that have landed on the roof. Now you will see your cleaning surface. Use the cleaning brush on the extended pole (dipped in soapy water and ½ cup of bleach per gallon) and clean any mold, moss, or soil that is deposited on the roof. If the conservatory has not been cleaned in awhile, you may need to let the soapy water and bleach sit for a while before you hose it off.
Once you have cleaned the spots, spray the roof again with clean water. NOTE: Do not try to use a standard ladder to access the roof and do not try to climb on or sit on the roof to clean it. Use the step ladder to ensure you reached all the spots.
It is important to clean the frame as well as the glass. Your frame could be made of wood, plastic, vinyl, or PVC. The soapy/bleach water will clean these surfaces as well. However, do not use scouring pads or anything that will scratch the surface of the frame. If the frame is made of wood, you may need to apply paint once the wood is dry.
Cleaning the glass windows in your conservatory is easy. You simply need to start at one end and clean one panel at a time. You will spray the glass with your cleaning solution. Then use a squeegee to pull the water to the side of the frame and allow it to run down the frame. Of course, you can use a step ladder and absorbent towels to dry the water away and leave the glass sparkling clean. Repeat this process while working your way down and around the conservatory.
Begin with sweeping and dusting the room. Then use a pail of warm water with ½ cup of vinegar per gallon to wash the inside. Use paper towels or old newspaper to dry the glass. Agan, work your way from one side of the room to the other.
Completion of this task soon shows you that a conservatory requires less maintenance than any other part of your home. Keeping your room clean and in good repair allows you to enjoy your conservatory for years to come.