Cleaning and Maintenance
No organic paint coating, like that on your windows and doors, is actually “maintenance free”. This is especially true when the new products are installed in coastal areas (like the Western Cape) or areas with a high level of industrial pollution. Here is the advice you need regarding the frequency and the recommended method for cleaning your new products.
The modern organic finish which we have applied to your windows and doors is identical to the coating on your car, and therefore requires a similar degree of care and attention to that which people lavish on their cars’ bodywork.
The frequency of cleaning relates directly to the particular environment in which the products are situated. In areas within the direct vicinity of salt water and/or industrial chemical plants, windows should be cleaned at least every 3 months. In relatively cleaner environments, every 6 months should be sufficient.
When cleaning the outside of products, the inside surfaces are often neglected. After a period of time, grime and deposits from tobacco smoke, fireplaces, etc. can discolour the inside of the window frame. We recommend that the inside of the frame be cleaned at least once per year.
- Wash down the window or door with clean, warm water containing a non-alkaline liquid soap (in a concentration which can be handled safely with bare hands). Use a nonabrasive cloth, sponge or soft bristle brush.
- This will remove grease, grime and any excess chalking. All ridges, grooves, joints and drainage channels where salt or other deposits can collect should be well washed out, thus preventing corrosion sites from forming.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
- Dry off using a soft cloth or chamois leather.
All paints “chalk” over time with exposure. The original finish can easily be restored using the procedure described below.
Where a reduction in gloss has occurred, apply an automotive finish renovator with a soft cloth. Buff the area with a clean microfiber cloth. We recommend that you test the product in a small area first, in order to determine its suitability for your windows. Please note that these products are abrasive, and only a small amount is needed.
Broken Glass Replacement
Windows and doors can be re-glazed to replace broken glass. The gaskets and weather-stripping can also be replaced, using the same materials as were supplied with your new windows and doors. Please call us to assist you with these repairs if required.
The friction stays, locking mechanisms, lock cylinders, and hinges should be serviced regularly, and lubricated with silicone spray periodically to minimize wear and ensure smooth operation. Care should be taken to avoid lubricating the friction pads as this will impair their braking action. The resistance of the pads can be adjusted with the grub screw in the pad. Call Metal Windows to make an appointment to have your windows professionally serviced.
If damage occurs, the handles, hinges, locks, etc. can be readily replaced by releasing the fixing screws and replacing the fitting. Metal Windows holds an extensive variety of the replacement fittings in stock, to assist you quickly in these instances. Call us to supply and fit these replacements for you.
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