Cleaning and Maintenance
When & Why
If the windows or doors are in direct
influence of salt water, industrial chemical plants, blast furnaces or other
aggressive emission sources then they should be cleaned at least every three
months. In a relatively cleaner environment every six months should be
Over a period of time grime and deposits can gather and discolor
the frame. Cleaning at least once per year is recommend to keep your frames at
warm water containing a non-alkaline liquid detergent (concentration safe
enough to use bare hands).
abrasive cloth, sponge or soft bristle brush.
all areas of the frame including ridges, groves, joints and drainage channels
to remove grime, grease and any excess chalking.
thoroughly with clean water.
using a soft cloth or leather.
• If a reduction
in gloss, chalking or excessive staining has occurred then use an approved
renovating cream with a non-abrasive cloth. (i.e. T-cut). NOTE: Care must be taken not to
abrade sharp corners or aris of bead to heavily where the paint
film is normally thinner. Don’t
carry out to frequently.
• For extra protection a wax polish
can be applied with a soft cloth, up to twice yearly, to restore glass.
• It is recommended to check cut
joints and re-seal as required to prevent water ingress. This should be done
• Blisters and corrosion sites may
originate from areas where mechanical
damage or scratches have penetrated the paint coating through to the aluminum.
and drill holes). This leaves the aluminum unprotected.
1. Use fine grade 120-360 grit
abrasive paper to remove corrosion products or non-adherent paint.
2. Wipe with a cleaning solvent (i.e.
white spirit) and leave to dry.
3. Once completely dry apply a thin
priming coat using a fine brush. Allow 20-30 mins to 'flash off’.
4. Touch in with air drying paint
using a fine brush. NOTE: Air drying paint will not
possess the same weathering as the original stoved
organic coating but will give a reasonable amount of protection. Only use on
small areas of damage.