How to clean a conservatory roof

6 November 2018
Updated 7 November 2018

Conservatories are a fantastic addition to any home, providing stunning views as well as increasing the value of your home. But like the rest of your home, conservatories require some maintenance to keep them looking brand new. Due to the structure, many people aren’t aware of how to clean a conservatory. Or if they even can.

In this quick guide, we’ll cover all you need to know on how to clean a conservatory roof.

Safety first

When cleaning conservatories, safety is paramount. Whilst it is possible to clean a conservatory with the correct equipment and procedure if you lack either of these it may be best to consult a professional.

Safety rule number one with cleaning conservatories is not to? place your full weight onto the roof. Conservatories are not designed to support the weight of a person. As such they should never be climbed upon, as you risk serious injury.

Recommended equipment

Whilst a pressure washer might seem like the ideal tool for this cleaning tasks, pressure washers can damage the weather seals.

Instead, opt for:

  • A water-fed pole with a brush
  • A suitable cleaning detergent (safe for glass)
  • Squeegee
  • Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Bin bags

How to clean a conservatory

Set up a ladder in a safe position with access to the roof. Once you have access to the roof, clear the area of the larger debris such as leaves and moss by hand. Never step on the roof to access the higher areas of the roof.  Place the pieces of debris in a bin bag for easy cleaning later.

Once the larger debris has been cleared, apply a detergent and leave for 5-10 minutes to allow it to soak into the thick layers of dirt.

Using a water-fed pole begin to wash away the detergent. The small pieces of debris will be in the gutter so once again it is advised to clean the gutter by hand so that it doesn’t block drainage.

Complete a final rinse of the roof to ensure that all debris and detergent have been cleared, then leave to dry.

How often should you clean your conservatory?

There is no rule on how often you should clean your conservatory but under two conditions it would be advisable:

  1. After heavy rainfall clear the drain covers to make sure there’s no debris buildup, ensuring proper water flow. This reduces the buildup of grime on the windows.
  2. When visibility is reduced.

Whilst preventing drain blockages completely isn’t possible, you can make it more manageable. Investing in drain covers will help to prevent the need for regular unblocking.

Cleaning your conservatory will help you to enjoy stunning views of the sky and also allow you to increase the amount of sunlight in the room.

If you’re looking to invest in a conservatory find your local DGN installer today by visiting our website.