Maintenance Of Aluminum Window Frames

Procedure code:
501011S
Source:
Internet - Aluwash
Division:
Metals
Section:
Metal Materials
Last Modified:
02/07/2017

PART 1---GENERAL

1.01 SUMMARY

A. This procedure includes guidance on the preventative maintenance and cleaning of aluminum window frames.

B. Aluminum is often thought of as maintenance free . The accumulation of dirt and organic components on aluminum is a slow process. However, corrosive contaminants, such as chlorides and sulfates, can eventually build up on the surface and attack the surface coatings or even the substrate. Therefore, regular maintenance is very important in preventing the potential for deterioration.

C. See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be reviewed along with this procedure. These guidelines cover the following sections:

  1. Safety Precautions
  2. Historic Structures Precautions
  3. Submittals
  4. Quality Assurance
  5. Delivery, Storage and Handling
  6. Project/Site Conditions
  7. Sequencing and Scheduling
  8. General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)

    These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing this procedure and should be followed, when applicable, along with recommendations from the Regional Historic Preservation Officer (RHPO).

PART 2---PRODUCTS

2.01 MANUFACTURERS

A. The Procter & Gamble Co.
P.O. Box 599 
Cincinnati, OH 45202 
513/983-1100

B. BASF-Wyandotte Corporation
Chemical Specialties Division 
1609 Biddle Wyandotte, MI 48192 
313/246-6100

C. ARCAL Chemicals Inc.
223 Westhampton Ave. 
Seat Pleasant, MD 20027

D. Penetone Corporation 
74 Hudson Ave. 
Tenafly, NJ 07670

2.02 MATERIALS

A. A neutral pH cleaning solution specially formulated for use on aluminum. Procter & Gamble, BASF, ARCAL, and Penetone all manufacturer mild cleaners suitable for use on aluminum. Approved others, may also be used.

  1. Cleaner should be low foam forming, easy to wipe off and free from staining chloride salts.
  2. Cleaner should act almost like a glass cleaner, so cleaning both the glass and the frame is easily achieved without damaging or staining either material.

B. Clean, potable water

C. Shammy or clean, soft cotton cloths

2.03 EQUIPMENT

A. Sponges

B. Bucket

C. Soft, nylon toothbrush

PART 3---EXECUTION

3.01 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION

A. Prepare cleaning solution following manufacturer's instructions.

B. Apply solution to sponge and wipe over window frames. For difficult parts to reach, use a soft nylon toothbrush. NOTE: Some solutions may also be applied to clean the glazing.

C. Rinse with clean, clear water and dry with a shammy or clean soft cotton cloths.

 

 

END OF SECTION 

Last Reviewed 2017-02-07