How To Clean Your Polycarbonate Roofing

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If you have installed or are looking to install polycarbonate roofing in Sydney, then you’re going to want to make sure that you look after it well with a good cleaning every now and then. Although polycarbonate roofing is extremely tough and lasts a very long time, it’s not immune to getting dirty.

Dirt build-up can be especially noticeable on transparent or translucent polycarbonate panels. This is not only unsightly, but such a build-up of dirt, leaves and twigs – among other debris – can even end up damaging the UV coating on the polycarbonate sheeting if left unattended, thereby compromising the product’s integrity.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you ensure that you don’t accidentally damage your polycarbonate roofing when you clean it.

Check The Weather

Ideally, you will do your cleaning when the weather is clear. Rain or heavy winds will interfere with the process and make it very difficult or even dangerous. If you’ve recently had some rain, wait a couple of days for the debris to dry out before you start cleaning. It will make the whole job a whole lot easier.

Clear The Debris

The first thing you’ll need to do is clear away any loose debris. This can be done by hand if the area is small or perhaps with a leaf blower if the area is quite large. Alternatively, you could use a soft-bristled broom or brush to sweep the debris away. The main thing to watch out for here is to avoid scratching the polycarbonate sheeting.

Rinse The Sheet

Using a hosepipe, gently rinse the sheeting with water to remove any leftover dirt. Make especially sure that any abrasive bits that could scratch the sheeting are removed. Also, clear out any gutters to avoid blockages. A high-pressure cleaner is not recommended since it can damage the UV coating.

Clean The Sheet

Using soap and a soft sponge, gently clean the sheets. Dishwashing liquid is perfect for this. Avoid using harsh and abrasive cleaning tools such as scourers or steel brushes since this will cause scratches. Also, avoid harsh chemical cleaning agents since these can damage and even remove the UV coating. Change the water in your bucket a few times to make sure you don’t accidentally apply dirt back onto the roof.

Clean Tough Spots

Suppose there are some tough, dirty spots that require a bit of extra cleaning power. In that case, you can use alcohol cleaning agents such as isopropyl alcohol, butyl alcohol or methylated spirits to loosen the dirt.

Rinse And Wipe

When you’re done, rinse it all off with clean water and manually dry the roofing with a clean and soft towel or a chamois cloth to ensure you don’t get water spots caused by air drying.

Now your polycarbonate roofing looks good as new!

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