Maintenance and Cleaning

Each range of shutters has specific and unique maintenance and cleaning guidelines. Please consult with our sales consultants re the correct information for your chosen range.

Maintenance

To ensure your Security Shutters continue to operate smoothly, you will need to clean and lubricate them periodically. How often you need to do so is based on the location of the shutters, and factors such as temperature, humidity, chlorides and other atmospheric pollutants.

Shutters installed indoors and inland will require less maintenance than shutters installed outdoors and close to the sea. This is due to the high corrosivity conditions of South Africa’s coastal areas compared to the low to medium corrosivity conditions of inland areas.

  • If your Security Shutters are installed in a high to extremely high corrosivity area, we recommend cleaning and lubricating every 1 to 4 weeks.
  • If your Security Shutters are installed in a low to medium corrosivity area, we recommend cleaning and lubricating every 3 to 6 months. *

*These intervals are for general guidance and specific local conditions need to be considered.

Cleaning

Step 1:
Remove all surface dust and grit with a feather duster, vacuum cleaner or water (if shutters are installed outdoors). This step is very important as cleaning with any dust and grit left on the shutters could scratch the finish.

Step 2:
Using a damp soft cotton cloth, wipe down the shutters to remove contaminates such as salt and industrial fallout. Never use abrasive materials or detergent- and solvent-based cleaners such as thinners or mineral turpentine as these may damage the powder-coated finish of your shutters.

Step 3:
Dry the shutters with a chamois or soft cotton cloth.

Step 4:
Remove all dirt and debris from the bottom channel using a small broom or vacuum cleaner.

Lubrication

Keep your Security Shutters’ wheels, hinges and pivots lubricated with a multipurpose lubricant spray such as Corrosion Block*. You can find out more about this product here: www.corrosionblock.co.za.

The lock cylinder and bottom guide track should not require any lubrication, but if the lock cylinder becomes stiff due to extreme conditions then you can make use of a graphite powder lubricant*.

*In all cases, read the product instructions and cautions prior to application, and use strictly as the manufacturer recommends.

Maintenance and Cleaning

  • Keep louvres in the closed position and dust the solid bank of louvres with a feather duster.
  • Rotate the louvres and dust the reverse side of louvres in the same way.
  • Use a lukewarm cloth to clean off any sticky marks, but never use thinners, turpentine or any other solvent.
  • Don’t let salt build up on the shutter hardware (hinges/wheels/ guides etc.) or the shutter panels themselves. This must be cleaned away using non-abrasive materials and warm water.
  • The frequency of cleaning relates directly to the environment that the shutters are situated in.
  • Dark colours and dark stains do attract heat with sun exposure and consequently expand and contract more readily.
  • Interior shutters must not get wet or be exposed to high moisture levels (excluding Woodbury Waterproof Shutters)
  • Vacuum bottom tracks to keep them free from dirt and debris that could obstruct the operation of the shutters.

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