Cleaning & Maintenance
Powder coated frames need to be cleaned regularly to ensure that the decorative and protective properties of the coating are retained. The frequency of cleaning depends upon the environment in which the product is situated.
Cleaning of the coating is an important part of the routine maintenance of any building. For large scale buildings requiring regular cleaning operations we advise using companies or individuals who specialise in this type of work.
The best method of cleaning is by regular washing of the coating using a solution of warm water and mild
detergent. All surfaces should be cleaned using a soft cloth or sponge, using nothing harsher than natural
bristle brushes. Cleaning of the frames can often be combined with cleaning the glass.
If the atmospheric pollution has resulted in heavy soiling of the coating, then nothing harsher than white spirit should be used for cleaning. Do not under any circumstances use strong solvents or solutions containing chlorinated hydrocarbons, esters, ketones, abrasive cleaners or polish.
The frequency of required cleaning depends mainly upon the standard of appearance that is required and also the potential need to remove deposits that, during prolonged contact with either the powder film or the metal structure (if exposed), could cause damage. In higher risk environments the normal frequency of cleaning should within three monthly intervals as a minimum. In more extreme environments where there is higher atmospheric pollution or a more hazardous environment the period between cleaning should be reduced. Where the atmosphere is deemed to be non-hazardous, e.g., rural or a “normal” urban environment, then the period between cleaning can be extended up to 18 months. However, if heavy soiling occurs more regular cleaning is recommended.
Ali Systems Ltd, Unit 2, Barford Industrial Estate, Watton Road, Barford, Norwich, NR9 4BG