Doors & Screens
Care & Maintenance
Product Care and Maintenance Schedule
To keep your product in the best condition possible, some maintenance will be required. The materials used to manufacture your screen are of the highest quality, which helps to ensure a product with great longevity, and with a small amount of care to counteract the effects of the environment it should remain in excellent condition.
The aluminium used for frames and other extrusions are a high-grade material, with excellent corrosion resistant properties. Where stainless steel mesh is used, the care required will be dependent on the grade of mesh requested; 304-grade mesh will require slightly more care than the 316-grade mesh.
The environment in which the product will be located in has a great impact on the lifespan of the screen, and the harsher the environment the more care must be taken to counteract it. Environmental conditions such as coastal or marine environments (including the proximity of rivers and even swimming pools), industrial areas and even urban areas all contain conditions in varying degrees that affect the lifespan of the screen.
To help you with defining the environment in which the product will be located, the following classifications can be used:
Mild – Rural area, away from industrial and urban areas, and away from the coast or rivers
Moderate – Urban area, away from industrial areas, and at least 15km away from the coast or rivers. Also includes homes with pools
Severe – Within 15km of coastal/riverfront/marine areas, within 5km of heavy industrial or 3km of light industrial areas
The following represents the maximum period between maintenance and cleaning procedures to comply with warranty conditions regarding corrosion.
Mild - Maximum Maintenance Interval every 6 months
Moderate - Maximum Maintenance Interval every 4 months
Severe - Maximum Maintenance Interval every 3 months
Screens & Door - Care and Cleaning
Due to the high quality and durability of the components and the product design, Border Blinds products require only a little maintenance. We recommend using the following procedures to care for your products.
Doors and Windows
For products that do not contain flyscreen mesh, a pressure washer can be employed, using medium pressure and without the need for detergents etc. Otherwise, the following method can be used:
- Carefully wipe down the surface with a wet cloth or sponge
- Use a soft (non-abrasive) brush or cloth along with a mild detergent to remove dust, salt and other build ups. Do not use any abrasive cleaning liquids (E.g. Jiff), or any scourers, steel wool or scrapers as these will damage the powder coat surface Methylated spirits, turpentine or white spirits can safely be used to remove paint splashes, sealants or other residues. Harsh detergents can be harmful to the powder coated finish so avoid using these. Any detergent that recommends using gloves during application should be avoided. Note that damage from cleaning agents may not immediately be visible and can sometimes take up to 12 months to appear. Scraping tools should never be used.
Locks, Hinges and Rollers it is recommended to use a soft bristle brush or similar – avoid abrasive tools
- Clean with a diluted solution of mild detergent in warm water ensure that the cleaning liquids do not penetrate the lock or cylinder
- Products that have a gold plate or chrome plate are particularly delicate and need special care. Do not allow dirt, dust or other contaminants to build upon these surfaces as this will cause discolouration and finish damage. Dependent on the level of exposure, colour change, gloss change or chalking may occur
- Key/lock cylinders should be lubricated annually, or whenever resistance is noticed when the key is inserted or removed.
- Remove any dirt, grime or salt that has accumulated around the end of the cylinder barrel
- Apply a small amount of powdered graphite (this can be purchased at any good hardware store) to the key, insert into the barrel and operate to maintain a smooth action. Avoid using sprays or oils, as these products can attract and cause the accumulation of dust, which increases wear and ultimately reduces the life of the cylinder