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Maintenance

Aluminium Cleaning Instructions

To preserve the powder coated or anodised finish on your aluminium windows and doors, regular cleaning is required. Deterioration of the coating occurs mainly as a result of grime deposition and attack by contaminated moisture which in coastal and pool environments contains salt and sulphur compounds. Such grime and contamination absorbs moisture like a sponge and holds it against the powder coated and anodised surfaces where the contaminants can attack and damage the coating which cannot be restored.

The cleaning of powder coated and anodised material should be performed using hand-cleaning and rinsing techniques. This should be achieved by using small amounts of clean water and recommended cleaning products. Do not under any circumstances use an abrasive cleaning agent as this will severely damage the surface of the material. Thoroughly rinse off any detergent with clean water. Hosing must be avoided under all circumstances. Dry - preferably with a chamois, alternatively with a soft cloth.

The cleaning of the product should be performed at a time that will allow the aluminium to dry quickly, preferably early in the morning.

Frequency of Cleaning

Cleaning required is dependent on the severity of the environment. The following time periods represent a guide only. 

Rural / Suburban Environments

The maximum period between cleaning should never be more than six (6) months.

Coastal / Pool / Industrial Environments

More frequent cleaning is necessary here with the maximum period between cleaning being no more than three (3) months. 

Extreme Conditions

Under the worst conditions involving heavy grime deposition and atmospheric pollution (e.g. sulphur compounds or salts) monthly cleaning is advisable if deterioration is to be prevented.

Hardware Cleaning & Maintenance

Maintenance of Hardware

The internal workings of locks, handles, catches etc. should be kept in good working order by applying a light spray of lubricant.


The external finish of all hardware must be kept clean by removing any harmful residue, especially salt spray, from the surface using a non-abrasive cleaning agent and wiped down with a soft cloth.


When maintaining either internal or external hardware, ensure that all finished surfaces (eg. timber, aluminium etc.) in close proximity are well protected from exposure to any cleaning or lubricating agents.


All tracks and sills must be kept clear of dirt, debris and other matter which can cause damage to, and restrict the proper functioning of rollers, guides and dropbolts.

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Email: sandra@atglass.co.za

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