Your new sunroom has quickly become your happy place. How can you keep it looking fresh year after year? We also understand you don’t want to cut too deeply into the time that you get to spend enjoying this space. Therefore, performing a little sunroom maintenance on a regular basis will do the trick. These tips will help.
Tip 1: Be Gentle
Sunrooms are made of a mix of materials, and some are more durable than others. However, a gentle approach is always best. Avoid using a power washer or other harsh tools that might scratch finishes or tear materials. Instead, choose nonabrasive cleansers for your sunroom cleaning. Glass cleansers or warm water and mild detergents are generally safe. You can also check your manufacturer’s recommendations for your type of windows or screens for specific guidance.
Tip 2: Avoid Weighty Matters
Don’t put weight on your sunroom’s screened walls. Likewise, windows made of glass or Florida glass aren’t designed to bear weight from a ladder or a person. What about your sunroom’s roof? Most sunroom roofs aren’t built to withstand a lot of weight. Unless you’re sure that your structure can handle it, it’s best to avoid walking on the roof of your sunroom. A good pressure cleaning will take care of the roof without having to walk on it.
Tip 3: Keep Your Gutters Going
While you’re cleaning the roof, don’t forget about the gutters. The gutters on your house are angled slightly to move the water toward your downspouts. Depending on your roof slope, some gutters may angle down while others are level. That means standing water can hang around. This can set the stage for various unpleasantries that you don’t want lingering near your sunroom. Cleaning your gutters regularly removes any debris or standing water and eliminates the worry.
Tip 4: Choose a Cloudy Day for Cleaning Sunroom Windows
Florida may be famous for its sunshine, but cloudy skies are the best when you want to clean vinyl sunroom windows. Completing sunroom maintenance on a grayer day helps you avoid glare, making it easier to see. It also means that your cleaning solution doesn’t dry quite as quickly. This can help you avoid ugly streaks that would tarnish your view.
Tip 5: Mind Your Landscaping
Sunrooms blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. However, you’ll still want to trim and maintain the landscaping that surrounds your sunroom. If you don’t, branches from trees and bushes can cause scratches and tears. Leaves and debris can clog gutters. Pollen can stain. It’s best to trim the bushes and trees around and above the sunroom.
Tip 6: Consider Window Treatments
Is too much sun causing premature fading of the finishes and fixtures inside your sunroom? Window treatments may offer a solution. Blinds or curtains allow you to control how much sunshine reaches the space. An added benefit of windows treatments is they also offer greater privacy.
Tip 7: Check for Leaks
Your sunroom maintenance routine is the perfect time to check for leaks. Water damage is always easier and less expensive to fix when found earlier in the damage process. Look for water spots in the ceiling or discoloration in the windows and screens.
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