Pool Hinges and Latches
These are the most important part of the pool fence and need to be checked regularly, particularly during winter when the pool is not likely to be used much. The gate should be opened 150mm and let go, the gate should close and latch automatically from this position. It is also important to apply oil to the hinges regularly, this can be done by removing the top conical cap and applying some oil down the centre hole.
If you have any issues or concerns regarding your pool gate please contact Contemporary Glass immediately and we will be happy to assist.
Rubber and Plastic Seals and Washers
All glass and metal should be separated by a rubber or plastic seal or washer. These should be checked regularly to ensure they haven't slipped of moved due to movement in the overall structure the system is attached to. If you have any concerns about these please contact Contemporary Glass immediately.
Guide to Cleaning and Maintenance of Stainless Steel
Like all surfaces, stainless steel requires cleaning to remove dirt and grime to keep it in pristine condition. The level of cleaning and maintenance required depends primarily on the environment.
For the preservation of stainless steel Contemporary Glass strongly recommends a regular maintenance schedule as follows:
|Coastal (within 5km of coast)
|Industrial / Urban
|Suburban / Rural
||Annually or as required to maintain appearance
||Annually or as required to maintain appearance
The following provides a guide for preserving stainless steel.
Retaining the attractive finish of stainless steel is easy with a few simple maintenance steps. When maintained properly, stainless steel will retain its visual appeal and structural integrity in a wide range of applications and
Stainless steel products are designed to be durable, low maintenance, resistant to corrosion and easily maintained resulting in a high quality, pleasing
Cleaning Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is best cleaned using a mild detergent and a soft cloth. After washing, rinse in clean, cold water and wipe the surface dry with a soft absorbent cloth. Drying afterwards ensures there are no streaky marks left on the surface.
Retaining Surface Integrity
Stainless steel looks best if it is cleaned regularly and correctly which prevents stubbon stains building up. The level of cleaning and maintenance depends primarily on the environment where the product is situated.
Stainless Steel within a sea-spray zone or subject to salt blow:
When Stainless Steel is located in a coastal environment, tea staining of surface can occur. Tea staining is discolouration of the surface of stainless steel by corrosion.
It is a cosmetic issue that does not affect the structural integrity or the lifetime of the material. Tea staining occurs most commonly within about five kilometres of the surf and becomes progressively worse closer to the marine
source. Regular washing also removes deposits (such as salt) that can cause corrosion. In these instances it is recommended that cleaning is performed fortnightly.
n.b. Exposure to rainwater is helpful – this should wash the salt and pollutants off the stainless steel.
Stainless Steel in an interior application
Dirt, grease and fingerprints can accumulate from many sources. These can be removed by routine cleaning using a mild detergent and a soft cloth. After washing, rinse in clean, cold water and wipe the surface dry with a soft
absorbent cloth. Drying afterwards ensures there are no streaky marks left on the surface. If a mild detergent or dishwashing liquid doesn’t shift unsightly stains / fingermarks, then wipe over with glass cleaner on a soft cloth. You can also use a small amount of alcohol, methylated spirits, acetone or mineral turpentine. Then rinse with clean water and dry. You can give longer
protection to high traffic areas by lightly rubbing with olive oil or baby oil followed by a polish and shine using a soft cloth.
Stainless Steel in an exterior application
In most exterior environments normal rain washing is sufficient, but in more polluted or coastal regions the surfaces will require regular washing to retain its pristine condition (please refer above to Stainless Steel within a sea-spray zone for more details).
Discolouration or a tea staining effect most commonly occurs within 5 kilometres of the coast and becomes progressively worse closer to the water. For rust or tougher stains apply a cream cleanser with a soft damp cloth, rub
gently then rinse with clean cold water. Dry with an absorbent soft cloth.
It is important to know that Stainless Steel must never be scratched so it is important to be aware that harsh abrasives, steel wool or plastic scourers must NEVER be used. Cloths used to rub over the stainless steel must be free of grit or chemicals and always avoid vigorous rubbing.
Strong mineral acids such as hydrochloric, hydrofluoric acid or bleach should never be permitted to come in contact with Stainless Steel. If this should happen, the solution must be washed off immediately with plenty of
Never use oil based commercial cleaners as the residual oil film can result in an unwanted iridescent colour on Stainless Steel.
USE AND CARE
Caring for aluminium or glass balustrade
Most balustrades are installed outside a building and manufactured using powder coated or anodised aluminium and toughened glass, for a strong and attractive finish. Aluminium and glass balustrades are low maintenance, (compared to other materials such as wood), but still require some general cleaning to preserve their good looks, as detailed below.
Powder Coated & Anodised Aluminium
To comply with warranty requirements and to extend the effective life of powder coated or anodised finishes, very simple maintenance and regular visual inspections must be scheduled and undertaken.
In general, powder coated or anodised aluminium should be cleaned every three months in urban areas and every six months in rural areas. In industrial and marine environments (within 1km of the sea), cleaning should be six monthly with a warm water detergent wash, as well as monthly cold water washing.
1 Carefully remove any loose deposits with a wet sponge.
2 Wash down using a soft brush (non abrasive) and a mild household detergent solution to
remove dust, salt, dirt and other deposits.
3 Anodised finishes with greasy deposits or hard to remove grime, should be cleaned with a
soft cloth dipped in white spirit, turpentine or kerosene, then wiped with a dry rag.
4 Rinse off with lots of clean fresh water
DO remove obvious deposits as they occur.
DO NOT use abrasive-steel wool, scrapers, scouring liquids or powders to remove paint splashes - these will damage your anodised/powder coating.
DO NOT use aggressive solvents, thinners, petrol etc, on powder coating as these solvents will attack gloss levels and reduce its life expectancy.
DO NOT let any solvents used on anodised finishes come in contact with any rubber components as they can degrade them.
DO NOT expose your anodised/powder coatings to excessive heat, heaters or hot air guns - these may damage the coating.
Compared to other materials (such as wood), glass balustrades are considered to be low maintenance, but some general cleaning is required to preserve their good looks.
Glass maintenance can be part of the overall maintenance programme for your balustrade.
Cleaning your glass balustrade panels is similar to the cleaning of most household glass.
1 Wash down with clean water to loosen any residues, deposits or dirt.
2 If needed, wipe with a mild detergent and a soft cloth.
3 Rinse off with lots of clean water, to ensure that all detergents and grime are rinsed off.
4 For a streak free finish, you can dry the glass with a soft cloth.
DO make sure the glass is cool to touch when cleaning; do not clean while in the direct sunlight.
DO not leave any cleaning solution on the glass, sealants for long periods.
DO NOT use abrasive cleaning solutions or materials.
Disclaimer: this is meant only as guide, and Contemporary Glass Limited does not accept liability for the application of this information.