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Spring Clean Jobs – How To Clean Your Conservatory

cleaning a conservatory

Now that we’re well into the spring, it’s likely that you’ll want your conservatory looking at its very best so that you can get the maximum usage and enjoyment out of it in the renewed sunshine. Just like any part of your house, this is going to involve putting an afternoon aside if you want to have the job well done – but trust us, it’s well worth it in the long run!

What you’ll need:

  • Hot water and a cleaning agent
  • A squeegee or telescopic brush
  • A good quality micro-fibre cloth
  • A sturdy ladder or stepladder (depending on the height of your conservatory)
  • A garden hose or pressure watcher

It will probably help you to break the cleaning process down to several stages, so that’s how we’ve done it below. So then – shall we get started?

Getting The Exterior Looking Spotless

cleaning outside conservatory

It’s always simpler to start with the outside first – that way, you get a better idea of whether any remaining smudges are on the inside or the outside of the conservatory. Apart from keeping your strokes even, there’s no real science to it; get your squeegee and bucket, and get cracking. A final wipe down with your micro-fibre cloth will ensure there aren’t any of those annoying white streaks on the outside. With the inside it’s much the same job, although this time you’ll find a simple damp cloth and washing up liquid will generally do the trick.

Take Care Of The Framework

This part can be easy to get wrong, so pay attention to what you’re using and how hard you’re using it. For UPVC conservatories, you’ll find that the framework can be cleaned with a simple solution of warm soapy water. Be careful not to use abrasive chemicals, or scrub too hard. This goes for wooden frames too, which can be brushed clean or sponged down. Then, once the wood is dry, treat it will oil to bring out the grain and give it some well-earned protection at the same time.

Clean The Guttering

cleaning the guttering

For the next box to tick, you’ll just want to remove any plant material, dead leaves, twigs and other debris from your gutters and drainpipes. We’ve actually covered some handy related tips in our recent blog about what ladder height you need for cleaning your guttering, so feel free to take some cues from there! Above all else, remember there’s no time limit. Take things slow, make sure your ladder is properly secure and stable, and keep three points of contact with the ladder.

Finish Up By Cleaning The Conservatory Roof

Now comes (arguably) the hard part. Conservatory roofs aren’t designed to be load bearing, so don’t put your full weight on it at any stage. That means standing, walking or crawling across them can be extremely dangerous – it’s best to stay on the ladder as best you can. The safest way to clean a conservatory roof is by using your squeegee or telescopic brush, applying the soapy water or cleaning solution evenly across the surface.

browns ladders for cleaning conservatory

You’ll be relying on your ladder heavily to get the job done properly, so it’s important to choose the right one for the job. We’ve got plenty options to choose from here at Browns Ladders – for smaller conservatories you might want to consider a stepladder like our Werner Industrial Aluminium Platform Steps, or alternatively even a combination ladder like our Zarges 3-Part Eurostar Combination Ladder.

Once that’s done, you can rinse it off using a gentle setting on your garden hose. Some people prefer to use their pressure washers, but be careful – the sheer power of the jet means you run the risk of smashing your windows, which would be a shame when you’ve just finished cleaning them! The garden hose is by far the better option. Once you’re all done, stand back and admire your handiwork!

How To Stay Safe When Undertaking Roofing Work

man working on roof using ladder

One of the most important rules to bear in mind when looking at doing roofing work is that it is fundamentally not a job for amateurs. Even if it’s something as simple as adjusting a TV aerial, we’d still definitely recommend hiring a professional roofer, or another tradesman experienced in Work At Height regulations. A fall of just a few feet from the roof of a bungalow can have serious implications for your safety, and you should certainly never undertake work on a steep pitched roof without proper training. Trust us – when it comes to safety, we know what we’re talking about!

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What Ladder Height Do I Need For Cleaning My Guttering?

cleaning guttering

Cleaning our guttering is one of those jobs that we all have to do from time to time, but like with all other household tasks that require working at height, it’s important to use the right ladder for the job! Here at Browns, our access equipment experts are often asked what height of ladder is best for cleaning gutters. Though obviously the answer can vary depending on the exact measurements of your home, the good news is that it’s easier to narrow down your list of potential purchases by following a couple of key rules. (Plus, we’ve got a few helpful suggestions of our own!)

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4 Reasons Why It’s Worth Investing In A Quality Ladder

investing in quality ladders

Everyone loves a good bargain. It’s a universal truth, and one we’re not averse to ourselves here at Browns Ladders! Having said that though, if there’s ever going to be a purchase that deserves spending a little extra, it’s definitely a ladder. Allow us to explain why it’s worth making a proper investment!

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We’re Officially Celebrating 70 Years In Business!

seventy years in business browns ladders

At Browns Ladders, we’re proud to be one of the UK’s leading ladder retailers – a pretty impressive feat for a small family business originally started exactly 70 years ago. To celebrate, we’re taking a quick look back at our short history, and how our dedication to you, our customers, has moulded us into the business we are today.

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4 DIY Jobs You Can Do To Kickstart The New Year

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With the new year comes new beginnings, so it’s no wonder that January is often seen as a time for getting the house spruced up and ready for the year ahead. If you’re struggling to think of anything that might need doing, this week on the blog here at Browns we’ve taken the liberty of listing a couple of easy jobs you can do to kick off with – you might be surprised at how much difference it can make!

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How To Recognise The Hallmarks Of A Quality Roof Ladder

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Whether you’re a homeowner or professional, working on a roof is easily the most dangerous task you can do. Records from the Health and Safety Executive show that in the last few years, roofers accounted for around 24% of all those who are killed in accidents when working from height.

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Are You Dressed Right For Working At Height?

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There are a lot of factors that need to be considered to stay safe when working at height up ladders, stepladders and scaffolds. Unfortunately, appropriate dress is sometimes overlooked, even by the professionals! In this blog, we’ll cover some of the basics of dressing appropriately when working at height, to guarantee the safety of both you and those working below you.

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How Have Ladders Become Safer?

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In many ways, the modern ladder still seems like quite a simple invention – at least in principle, anyway! It’s easy to forget that even the most basic of ladders is the product of centuries of innovation and progressive attitudes to safety standards. This week on the blog here at Browns, we thought it was worth taking a look at how far they’ve come – and why they’re so much safer than they used to be!

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The Best Ladders For Hanging Festive Decorations

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With Christmas on the horizon, you might already be thinking about how to add a bit of festivity to your home. And depending on your passion and budget, hanging your decorations might be a simple task for a single afternoon, or it might take several days and a whole lot of planning. Either way, you’ll be pleased to hear we’ve got ladders for every eventuality here at Browns Ladders, whether it’s just some tinsel in your living room or elaborate light displays on your exterior walls. So which ladder is best for you?

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