Aluminum Care Instructions:
To preserve the powder coated or anodized finish on your aluminum 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 anodized surfaces where the contaminants can attack and damage the coating which cannot be restored.
The cleaning of powder coated and anodized 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 aluminum to dry quickly, preferably early in the morning.
Cleaning Product Recommendations:
We recommend the use of Turtle Wax "Zip Wash", or similar, however these products should gives less than the desired results try Turtle Wax "Ice Polish" or RE-PO "Cream Polish" as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Note: Use only the above mentioned cleaning products. Do not use alternative products by the same or other manufacturers without written authorization from Condado Window as other products may contain chemicals which can permanently damage the surface finish.
Frequency of Cleaning:
Cleaning required is dependent on the severity of the environment. The following time periods represents 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.
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.