Aluminium used for door and window frames is designed to withstand any weather conditions. However, by following these maintenance tips you can ensure that you get the maximum life-cycle out of your aluminium frames.
Aluminium products require the following care;
- Care during and prior to installation
- Cleaning and maintenance on a regular basis after installation
- A professional cleaning company should conduct the initial cleaning of the aluminium products – usually the company that installs or supplies the aluminium door or window frames will cover this.
- During installation be sure that no concrete materials, corrosives or solvents etc. get stuck to or are allowed to set on the frame as this will damage the material permanently.
- Take care not to scratch any glass surfaces during instillation as this will result in permanent damage.
- Remove any stickers by soaking them before attempting to remove them. Do not scrub.
- Ensure that no outdoor sprinklers are installed close to, or pointing at, aluminium windows or doors.
- Keep all aluminium parts dry as far as possible.
- When cleaning use non-abrasive cleaners or mild soapy water on frames.
- Use a mild soapy water or window-cleaning solution, and a soft sponge or cloth to clean glass surfaces.
- Dry with a soft cloth to ensure that all water is removed from glass, frames, hinges, sealant etc. to avoid damage.
- Hardware components should be lubricated with a silicon spray with a straw applicator.
- Never use any chemicals, solvents, or abrasive cleaners on your aluminium frames.
- Never use a steel brush or any scrubbing or abrasive pads when cleaning your aluminium frames.
- Do not use a high-pressure cleaner or high pressure spray nozzle.
How often should you clean? Here is a guideline of what to lean when
- Clean glass as described above on a monthly basis or when necessary
- Clean all aluminium surfaces if you live in coastal regions
- Visually inspect all surfaces for any sign of damage or water leaks and ensure that all components – including hinges and locking mechanisms – are functioning correctly
- Clean all aluminium surfaces as instructed above – for non-coastal areas
- Clean out the roller assembly and tracks and other hardware to ensure that no dust accumulates
- Inspect the weather-stripping seals around window frames to ensure that they have not become brittle
- Inspect insulated or double-glazed glass for moisture between panes.