Conservatories February 06th2013

How to Clean a Conservatory Roof: How-to Guide

The conservatory is one of the most pleasant and maintenance free rooms in the home. However, occasionally the roof collects a bit of debris and it needs a quick wipe down to make the most of the sunlight and beautiful views.

Here we take a look at the simplest and most effective method of cleaning the roof of your prized conservatory.

Products and Preparation

Cleaning a conservatory roof relies on two secrets – the product you use to loosen the residue and the method you use to access it.

The first thing to crack is your access to the roof. It’s not a good idea for you stand on the roof itself, particularly if it’s made from glass, you might end up needing to replace the whole thing! Instead, pick a tool which allows you to clean the roof from the stable ground. Whether you opt for a regular sponge with an extendable handle or a water fed pole which allows soap and water to be pumped along the handle is down to you.

While an extendable handle will help you reach the conservatory roof easily, it is equally important that you can see what you are doing. This isn’t as much about height as it is about the angle of viewing so a simple step ladder might be all you need.

To loosen the residue sufficiently before beginning the wipe down, you’ll want to think about the soap you’re using. There are plenty of soaps available at hardware stores specifically designed for outdoor use and other domestic cleaners can be used to great effect on the inside of the roof.

Get Scrubbing!

Once you’ve got your materials sorted it’s time to start the job. Always work methodically and follow these steps to cleaning your conservatory roof:

Step one: get all your materials ready and secure your work area. This means setting up your step ladder on ground area and ensuring good balance is maintained. It may be worth getting someone to help you by acting as a ladder support and passing you the necessary tools when you need them.

Step two: working methodically from one side of the roof to the other, apply a liberal amount of soap and warm water to loosen residue and stubborn dirt. Rub harder-to-shift stains continuously where needed until all dirt has been removed. Don’t be tempted to use anything abrasive on the glass – removing tough stains requires persistence!

Step three: when you’re satisfied with your work, rinse thoroughly and wipe down, being careful to avoid smears. Extendable sponges with a squeegee attachment are especially good for this.

Step four: check your work from ground level. With your roof now glistening, it may be worthwhile turning your attention to the windows – after all, you don’t want your sparkling clean conservatory roof to outshine the rest of your windows!

'How to Clean a Conservatory Roof: How-to Guide'

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