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I was chatting to my Mum about finding it a pain constantly cleaning my white uPVC windows and doors after the cats and pets have been near to them, and she suggested to me this cleaner made by Astonish. I have now bought a few cleaners from the Astonish range, and find them all to be quite gentle on my hands when I am using them, and very effective at their job without being too harsh.
This cream reminds me a bit of Cif cream cleaner in that it is a slightly off white liquid cleaner. This however has been specially formulated apparently for uPVC surfaces to clean effectively leaving a shiny and protected surface. Strong claims, but does it match up?
My Mum is not one to recommend products that don't work. She has a little shop in the village I grew up in, and this is one of the products that she sells. She sells this at just £1 for a 500 ml bottle of cleaner, which I think is exceptional value as a little bit really does go a long way. Compare this to £3.10 plus free postage from amazon, and the fact that I can't find it in local supermarkets, and I realise even more what a bargain it is. I bought the bottle I have probably over a year ago, and I have not even used a third of the bottle. I am not one for cleaning windows every week - more like once a month, but even still, this has lasted ages.
The cleaner is slightly soapy smelling. When I use this, I tend to get a bucket with some water with a dash of washing up liquid in to clean the cloth. I then wet the cloth and ring out well. I then put a small bit of the cleaner on the cloth, about a 5p size blob. I use this then to wipe around the uPVC frame.
I find that dirt comes off fairly easily anyway, but I tend to get marks on my door, for example where my children push the door shut with the rubber sole of their shoe rather than using their hands. I find that this wipes off with mimimum effort. Another stain I tackled was when my husband stained the decking outside my back door and patio doors. He managed to get some stain on the step on the door frame, and the cat had walked across it while tacky and then jumped at the back door leaving brown stains up the door. I had not got round to tackling cleaning it off for a couple of weeks due to bad weather, so when I got round to cleaning it I imagined hours of scrubbing. However, this cleaner again worked well and lifted all the stains on the surfaces.
What makes this different to using just any old cream cleaner is I often find that you get a white powdery residue left on the surface you have just cleaned and then you need to go over again with a clean damp cloth to get it all off. Here, this cleaner all comes off straight away leaving no residue, only a clean and shiny surface.
So as a cleaning tool, this is great as I find I am spending less time cleaning up after the kids and pets, and the results are also much better.
I have used a couple of the other products in the astonish range, and I really like the fact they are British made, and not tested on animals. I also think they are fantastic value and do the job they claim to very well, alongside not leaving my hands in a state. I can safely use this without gloves and as long as I wash my hands well afterwards, I am fine and not experiencing cracked sore hands.
The only downside is that this product is not as widely available. For example, I have never seen this when doing my supermarket shop. Therefore not many people seem to know about and use this, when it is actually probably one of the better cleaners on the market. The packaging is also not that attention grabbing, so unless someone tells you it is worth a try you would probably walk past it.
I have to say though, I have not been brave enough to try it out as a general cleaner. I am happy to use cream cleaner normally throughout my bathroom, kitchen and other areas of the house as it is sold as multi-purpose, though as this is sold as being best for uPVC I have stuck firmly to this. The only advice is to not use it on gold, silver, pewter or lacquered surfaces, so it probably would cope with my kitchen and bathroom surfaces fine, but I would rather use it as described just in case.