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Easy maintenance 14 Mar 2017

Five simple tips for maintaining your glass veranda

This easy to follow advice will help you keep your glass veranda looking like new.

Keep your veranda looking fabulous

Our glass verandas are constructed with the highest quality, corrosion resistant materials and strong glass, so they are built to withstand the weather and are constructed to be as low maintenance as possible. All our awnings are designed from Teflon finished fabrics, making them robust, as well as soil and water repellent.

By following these simple instructions, you will be able to keep your veranda looking as good as the day it was installed.

General maintenance

As a general rule, your glass veranda should not be cleaned with any aggressive agents or tools in order to prevent damage to the frames, glass and metal parts. Acids, abrasives, scouring pads, steel wool, knives/blades and other sharp implements should be avoided at all costs. Don’t be tempted to bring out the pressure washer, it can cause damage to the rubber seals.

Any moving parts should be checked and cleaned regularly to ensure that they are kept in good working order. However, it is not necessary to lubricate them with silicone oil. Drains should also be checked to ensure that they remain free from clogging. If you have a roof-mounted awning that gets wet from the rain, it is always advisable keep it extended and allow it to dry fully before retracting it.

Below, we have listed the best type of cleaning solutions to use on the different parts of your veranda:

Cleaning aluminium parts

In non-saltwater areas, the aluminium parts should be cleaned at least once a year using clean water and a few drops of a pH-neutral or a weak alkaline detergent. In saltwater areas, we recommend that the salt is removed regularly to stop any corrosion to the frame.

Cleaning the glass panels

We always advise using pH-neutral cleaning products with lots of clean water and a soft cloth. This prevents any dirt scratching the glass. At The Glass Veranda Company, many of our glass roofs are coated with an anti-fingermark protection and some have a sand-blasted finish. Any alkali or acid based agents will damage the coating.

Cleaning the fabrics

Gentle care is the best way. Remove any loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner or a soft brush and then moisten the fabric with clean water to soften any dried dirt. If needed, use lukewarm water (max 40°C) with a 5% to 10% solution of mild detergent to tackle light stains with a sponge, rinsing well with clean water. Don’t rub the detergent in. Leave the fabric to dry fully before retracting the awning into the cassette.

Preventing condensation

Our Terrazza range of verandas will maintain a higher temperature underneath the glass roof than outside. This can create a build-up of condensation as the temperature outside drops, particularly at night and in winter. In addition, people, plants and moisture from adjoining rooms can contribute to condensation. Ventilation is essential to prevent this occurring.

Make sure that and side awnings are regularly retracted (even for short 10 minute periods), that doors to adjoining rooms are closed and that furniture does not block the air from circulating. This will allow the air to flow and minimise any moisture collecting – any humid air will be replaced with dry air.

These simple steps are designed to keep your glass veranda looking its best. With the added reassurance of our 10-year guarantee on glass verandas and 5-year warranty on our awnings, you will be able to enjoy your outside/inside living space for many years.