aluminium maintenance

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The window/door surfaces and inner chambers should be cleaned using warm soapy water or a mild diluted detergent. The surfaces should be cleaned using a soft cloth, sponge or a soft natural bristle brush. All areas to be thoroughly rinsed and dried after cleaning.

 

 

Finishes

Polyester powder coat paint is an organic finish that requires regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure it keeps its decorative and protective qualities. The frequency of cleaning depends on such factors as:

  • The building’s surrounding environment (for example, marine alkaline, acid, Industrial etc.)
  • The varying levels of atmospheric pollution
  • The prevailing wind direction
  • Exposure to airborne debris such as sand or salt, which may cause erosive wear

 

Cleaning frequency also depends on the desired standard of appearance and the need to remove deposits, which could cause damage after prolonged contact with the finish. In an industrial environment, the normal interval between cleaning should not be more than every three months. Where there is a high degree of industrial pollution or a hazardous atmosphere, the periods between cleaning should be reduced. If the atmosphere is non hazardous (for example in rural or normal urban locations), the period between cleaning can be extended to a maximum of 18 months (or more frequently if heavy soiling occurs).

 

Where a site is subjected to any unusual environment factors, or is close to salt water, your installer should be consulted for specialist advice.

 

Powder coat paint finishes should be kept clean by regular washing using a solution

of warm water and a mild detergent. Use a soft cloth or sponge and never use anything harsher than a natural bristle brush. Where atmospheric pollution has caused heavy soiling of the powder coat paint, use white spirit for cleaning. Under no circumstances should abrasive cleaners or any cleaner containing ketones, esters or alcohols be used.

 

 

Anodised

Anodised Aluminium finishes need regular maintenance to obtain their original appearance. This is best undertaken as part of the regular window cleaning schedule, but not less then every three months. All that should be required is a mild detergent in warm water. Accumulated deposits can be removed carefully with a nylon brush or super fine Scotchbrite type pad. As with all aluminium products, acid or alkaline industrial cleaners should never be used. Certain specialist abrasives or non-etch chemical cleaners may be used in certain instances. These should be tested on a concealed area of aluminium prior to use. White spirit, turpentine or kerosene can be used on any areas contaminated with acid or alkaline additives.

 

 

Drainage Channels

Most window and door frames have drainage channels and outlet slots located in the cill or base of the frame. These channels and outlet slots must be kept clear to enable free flow and efficient dispersal of any water.

 

 

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