Recommended Maintenance for Hardware

With care and regular cleaning, your hardware products will have a long life and stay in good operating condition for many years. 

The effects of ultra violet light, atmospheric pollution, general dirt and grime, along with airborne salt deposits can all accumulate overtime and should be wiped-off at regular intervals.

As a general rule, cleaning should take place at least every six months. In areas where environmental deposits are more prevalent, such as breach-front houses and industrial areas, then cleaning should be carried out on a more frequent basis i.e. two or three months.

Polyester Powdercoated Hardware

Three steps to cleaning powdercoated hardware

  • Remove loose deposits with a wet sponge rather than risk scratching the surface with dry dusting.
  • Using a soft brush/cloth and soap or a mild household detergent in warm water, clean the surface to remove dust, salt and other deposits.
  • Always rinse with fresh water after cleaning to remove and remaining detergent.

Precautions for powdercoated hardware

  • NEVER use aggressive solvent cleaners on the product i.e. thinners and petrol.
  • NEVER use anything abrasive i.e. steel wool, scrapers, scouring liquid or powders.
  • Ensure that the detergent is thoroughly rinsed from the product surface.

PROTECT all powdercoated hardware if painting the surrounding window or door frame. When paint or plaster has spilled on the powdercoated surface, remove immediately with water or a light wipe of methylated spirits. 

(NOTE: Prolonged use of methylated spirits is not recommended and if used should be rinsed off immediately using clean water. Test a small area first to ensure that no damage to the surface or colour change will occur).

Plated Hardware

Maintaining Plated Hardware

  • CLEAN with a soft damp cloth or dry duster
  • NEVER use abrasive cleaners (such as ‘JIFF’)
  • NEVER use scourers or rough abrasive clothes that may damage or scratch the plated surface.
  • NEVER use undiluted detergent.
  • NEVER use chemical cleaners (such as ‘Brasso’).
  • AVOID the spray from ammonia window cleaners getting onto plated surfaces.
  • PROTECT all plated surfaces when painting, varnishing or plastering.

Note: Doric ‘Never Dull’ is a plated finish on a stainless steel substrate. Follow the maintenance and care instructions for ‘Plated Hardware’

Stainless Steel Hardware

Caring for Stainless Steel Products

  • ALWAYS CLEAN AND RINSE stainless steel that may have come in contact with construction cleaning chemicals or their vapours immediately.
  • CLEAN REGULARLY using detergent and warm water rinse with fresh water and dry afterwards.
  • CLEAN STAINS and DISCOLOURATION with citric or nitric acid based cleaners or mild abrasive detergents like ‘Jiff’. Rinse with fresh water and dry.
  • NEVER allow construction cleaning chemicals (or any other cleaning chemical) to remain in contact or ‘pool’ on stainless steel.
  • CLEAN with a soft damp cloth or dry duster.
  • A good product to bring back the luster of stainless steel is simple Ponds baby oil. Put s mall amount on a clean cloth and wipe over the stainless steel,
  • NEVER allow salt deposits to build up on stainless steel product.

The information on this and the following pages has been prepared to help you get the best life from your hardware products. 

Failure to adhere to recommended maintenance procedures will render the hardware warranty null and void and may cause permanent damage to the product. Should you have any questions about hardware maintenance then please contact your local Lock & Roll representative or customer service. 

Customer Service Email: customerservice@lockandroll.com.au

Special Doric Materials

Rivatec Use maintenance and care instructions for Plated Hardware

Polesium Use maintenance and care instructions for Powdercoated Hardware

Metacom Use maintenance and care instructions for Plated Hardware

409 SS Use maintenance and care instructions for Plated Hardware

Maintaining the Functional Performance of your Hardware

Friction Stays

These may become stiff if the window is not operated at least once a week. If stiffness does occur, a light oil spray lubricant such as WD40 should be applied to the joints of the stays. Following application the window should be opened and closed at least 10 times to remove stiffness. Remove any over-spray and runs of the oil lubricant.

Window Cam Handles

Regularly cleaning to remove build-up will ensure that the cam handles retain a smooth operation.

Manual Chain Winder

Once every six months the chain should be cleaned using a stiff brush and metal cleaner such as WD40. Using a cloth lightly lubricate the chain with oil. Remove any over-spray and runs of the oil lubricant.

Double-hung Springs

Once every six months clean the jamb channels that the spring shoes run in with soap & water. It’s important that you DO NOT oil or lubricate this channel area as interference friction between the balance foot and the channel is critical to the operation of the window balance system.

Sliding Window Rollers

Keep the track clean of debris such as sand, leaves and dust. If the rollers appear to be stiff, Vaseline on the bearing can free this up.

Sliding Door Locks

To free up moving components WD40 can be sprayed into the lock body around the bolt and latch area. Operate the lock approximately ten times to lubricate moving parts. Remove any over-spray and runs of the oil lubricant.

Sliding Door Rollers

Keep the track clean of debris such as sand, leaves and dust. If the rollers appear to be stiff, Vaseline on the bearing can free this up.

Mortice Locks

To free up moving components WD40 can be sprayed into the lock body around the bolt and latch area. For the best results depress the latch bolt for easy access to working parts. Operate the lock approximately ten times to lubricate moving parts. Remove any over-spray and runs of the oil lubricant.

Hinges

Regular cleaning to remove build-up will ensure that the hinges retain a smooth operation. When necessary WD40 can be used to lubricate. Remove any over-spray and runs of the oil lubricant.

Cylinders

Salt build-up along with dust and grit can affect the performance of your cylinders. Keys can become harder to turn as buildup accumulates. Silicon spray is effective in reviving your cylinders. Spray in the cylinders and on the key. The repeated use of the key in the cylinder will free up the working components. NEVER use oil based lubricants in a cylinder.

 

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