Having bi-fold doors is a great way to open up your room and let in the maximum amount of light. This, however, is only the case if they are clean and you can actually see out of them! Here are a few tips to take the backache out of cleaning your bi-fold doors and windows.
Cleaning the glass
There are many old wive's tales advising us how to clean windows, and most involve vinegar and elbow grease. Whilst a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar can be an effective cleaning solution, it will leave behind a vinegary smell for a while, so it isn’t the answer for everyone.
Soap and water also proves to be a popular option. However, go easy on the suds as they can leave behind a streaky residue if you’re not careful.
Regardless of what cleaning product you use, whether it’s a shop bought spray or a homemade solution, the most important thing to get streak free windows is to use the right tools to apply it. Many of us make the mistake of using kitchen towels, however, they can leave linty streaks on the glass. Microfibre cloths and squeegees are great for a streak-free finish, but the best option goes back to the old wives' tales again - scrunched up paper!
When cleaning the glass, ensure where possible that the solution doesn’t run onto the frames too much. Also, don’t forget to remove all jewellery, rings and watches as they can easily leave scratches on the glass.
In the majority of cases, cleaning the frames of your bi-fold doors will not require more than a quick wipe with a non-abrasive cloth or sponge soaked in warm water and a mild detergent.
Resist the temptation to use any type of heavy-duty household cleaner as you could cause damage to the frames or powder coat finish. Paraffin-based cleaning solutions and non-abrasive liquid cream cleaners are generally fine for shifting more stubborn stains but seek advice from your supplier first.
If there are any stubborn stains that won’t shift with washing, try using an ink rubber to lift the mark. You will know immediately if it is going to work, so don’t keep scrubbing away if you can’t see an initial change.
It is important that you ensure that the tracks at the bottom of the doors are clean and free from large stones and debris. Any large objects can impede the smooth running of the doors and potentially cause damage.
The most effective way to clean the tracks is to use a vacuum cleaner nozzle. Run it along the tracks to remove any debris that has collected inside.
With some doors, is it advised that you lubricate the tracks and mechanisms with a silicon spray. Focus on the area where the wheel and guide disks connect with the tracks to ensure smooth running. Again, check with your supplier to make sure that this is appropriate for your specific model of doors and take advice on what product they would recommend.
In salt water environments, the external surface of the doors should be washed down with fresh water on a weekly basis as it is common for salt deposits to build up.
Gently run across the QLon seals with a light, soapy solution and non-abrasive cloth. Avoid using solvent-based cleaning products on the seals. It is also recommended that silicone spray is applied to the seals annually.
Applying a small amount of light lubricating oil to the lock and key will ensure that the locking mechanism is dust-free and not prone to sticking. Lightly oil both the lock and key and then insert and remove the key a few times to ensure easy operation.
As all of Origin’s doors are handmade to fit, installing them is usually very straightforward. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t common issues installers come across from time to time. We’ve listed a few common problems below, which your installers will be able to deal with quite easily.
The issue: The doors have a gap and won't operate properly.
The Reason: The distance between the trolley fork and the top of the adjuster bolt needs to be set at 5mm, your installers will adjust the gap until it’s set at 5mm.
The Issue: There is daylight between the jamb and main lead door.
The Reason: In order to fix this, your installer will need to adjust the opposite jamb towards the lead door to close the gap. There should be a 3mm gap between lead door or slam and rebate.
The Issue: There is a gap between the top of the lead door and the top track.
The Reason: When there is a gap between the top of the lead door and the top track, you can remove the glazing beads and raise the door with a glazing paddle, put a bigger packer in so the door raised and toe and heeled properly. Replace glazing beads and wedge gasket.
The Issue: The lead door is not closing properly.
The Reason: If the lead door is not closing properly, adjust the lock keep in or out by turning the screws on the lock keep until the door closes appropriately.