What causes deterioration?
The most common cause of deterioration of an
aluminium surface is the result of a build up of grime – which allows for contaminated moisture to build up and have an adverse effect of the finish of the surface.
Prevention is simplest way to avoid surface and finish deterioration on your Stryum panels. To prevent the build up of finish affecting grime – wash your panels periodically with a solution of warm water mixed with a suitable soap or wetting agent. This will both enhance the surface finish and prevent the build up of grime, which can contribute to product deterioration. Due to environmental variation; cleaning intervals will vary. We recommend surfaces that constantly monitored and are cleaned when necessary.
Heavy duty grime removal
When an aluminium surface has been neglected and there has been a significant build up of grime – a heavy duty clean should be carried out to prevent deterioration. We recommend the use of professional cleaning companies who specialise in the maintenance of commercial facades. The most important criteria of an aluminium cleaning agent is that it should be non-toxic, it should have a pH of between 5 & 8 and should not contain any fluorides, chlorides or sulphates.
What products and tools to use
For removal of moderate stains or grime deposits it is recommended to use water pressure only to achieve the best results without the risk of damaging the aluminium surface. If this does not achieve the desired result – a sponge or cloth may be used for removal. For removal of stubborn and severe grime deposits on the aluminium surface it is recommended to use a suitable nylon abrasive cleaning pad or brush.
What products and tools NOT to use
To avoid any damage to your aluminium surface while cleaning and maintaining please avoid the use of wire brushes, scourers, steel wool and emery paper at all times. Also avoid the use of any strong acids or alkalis such as hydrochloric acid, acetic, caustic soda or lime during the cleaning process. Use of such products may result in the degradation or corrosion of the finish.
Severe surface damage
In the case of severe surface damage or discolouration as a result of incorrect maintenance or cleaning – we recommend the use of a commercial finishing or maintenance company who specialises in the restoration of commercial finishes. Such companies supply touch up and refinishing services which employ the use of specialised products and techniques, with results that are difficult to achieve with basic maintenance.