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Aluminum Cladding Care

GUIDELINES FOR FINISHING YOUR LOEWEN WINDOW OR DOOR

The following cleaning methods are intended as general guidelines. When these methods are used as directed they could be very effective.

As every situation varies the final result may differ. Loewen and/or the product manufacturer do not specifically warranty these methods or the results.

Maintenance log for aluminum clad products in salt exposure areas.

Water Soluble Cleaning

Unwanted surface debris that is not washed off by rainfall can usually be removed with a wash and rinse of clean water. If debris is difficult to remove, a mild solution of dish soap and clean water can be applied along with a soft brush such as a long-handled car washing brush. Ensure the cleaning solution is tested in an inconspicuous area of the cladding before use. A thorough clean water rinse should follow. Do not allow cleaning solutions or contaminated water to dry on the surface. Air or wipe dry with a soft, lint free, dry cloth. Note: Do not rinse glass or cladding with pressurized spray, such as from a pressure washer or direct garden hose.

Non-water Soluble Cleaning

When unwanted surface debris remains after water-soluble cleaning a more aggressive solvent cleaner may be required. Solvent cleaners must be used with care and caution. Loewen recommends that the manufacturer’s suggestions regarding conditions and methods be followed. Ensure the solvent solution is tested in an inconspicuous area of the cladding before use. Do not attempt to use solvents on surfaces other than the aluminum cladding.

Do not use paint removers or acetone products on painted surfaces. They will remove the coated surface.

Mild Solvent

Ethanol alcohol, Isopropyl alcohol or Methanol should be the first attempt at removing unwanted surface debris when a water-soluble solution has little or no effect. A thorough clean water rinse should follow. Do not allow cleaning solutions or contaminated water to dry on the surface. Air or wipe dry with a soft, lint free cloth.

Color and Shine

Colour or shine variation can occur due to ultraviolet radiation or cleaning solutions. If unwanted fading has occurred, apply a high quality, non-abrasive car wax to the surface. Loewen recommends that the manufacturer’s suggestions regarding conditions and methods be followed.