General Product Maintenance

Some general guidelines to maintain smartness and functionality of our street furniture ranges.

Timber Products

Timber products are normally supplied of a sustainable hardwood or treated softwood, suitably seasoned and treated with a multi coat system of a micro porous wood treatment. Under normal conditions the timber is maintenance free for 5 years. The same cleaning programme as for cast iron products should be adopted. During any major maintenance at least one coat of a micro porous timber treatment should be applied, frequency will depend upon usage and location, but we would recommend yearly intervals.

Litter Bins – General Maintenance

Locks and hinges should be lubricated regularly using a light grade lubricating oil or grease using the grease nipples if provided. Locks must be checked periodically as constant opening and closing of heavy doors may mean that the lock falls out of alignment. Liners are manufactured from medium grade gauge zinc coated steel so they will require replacement from time to time, due to handling damage. They benefit from having polythene liners used, and as such this will aid in preventing any rapid c and mould growth. They should also be jet washed on a regular basis. Replacement liners are available; please call our sales office for further information.

Ferrous products

All ferrous products are normally painted using modern polyurethane / acrylic two pack paints and should be touched up periodically and cleaned generally as described below.

Cast iron & steel Products

These items are usually coated with a zinc phosphate primer, acrylic undercoat and top coat material, the latter being fully compatible with the primer material. They are engineered to give a reasonable level of resistance to weather. However, for harsh / exposed environments we would recommend the use of specialist paints. These items will benefit from periodic washing with either a pressure wash system (at low pressure) or hand wash using clean cold water with the addition of suitable road film remover, followed by rinsing with clean cold water. As this type of product tends to be the target of vandalism, any graffiti should either be over painted, using paint suitable for over-coating a two-pack polyurethane or acrylic gloss, or removed using a proprietary product. Be aware of problems that may occur using these materials due to the very aggressive solvents they contain, please test a small amount on an inconspicuous area of the product first.

Powder Coated Products

Powder Coatings can be treated like most other paints and will benefit from regular washing. The aesthetic life will be prolonged by being polished and waxed with good quality car shampoos and waxes. The surface may require touching up from time to time and we recommend any signs of degrading of the coating should be touched up immediately.
Washing
The frequency of the cleaning depends on the environment in which the painting is used. For areas of normal urban environments, we would recommend the paint be cleaned every 6 months. However, for harsh / exposed environments we recommend cleaning every two months.
A mild detergent, or ideally a car shampoo, applied by a cloth, sponge or bristle brush should be used, (not an abrasive). The paint film should be cleaned from settled contaminants adhering to it. If the contaminant adhered to the paint cannot be removed by the above, then the following products can be used:
Ajax Cream
Liquid Gumption
Flash (in water)
Ajax Liquid (in water)
Cutting compound. (‘T Cut’)
Prolonged contact with chemically active sediment (bird droppings) can dramatically reduce the life of the paint.
If solvents are needed to remove marks, a soft cloth dampened with Isopropyl Alcohol or white spirit may be used. Solvents containing esters, ketones, or chlorinated solvents must not be used without consultation with the paint manufacturer, as these are too aggressive and will melt the paint.

Glass and PET Glazing

Gently wash with a pressure washer or soap and water. Do not wipe with cloth or sponge until all glazing has been rinsed first, this will avoid scratching. Avoid using any abrasive cloths or sponges as this will scratch the surface Proprietary cleaner may be used on glass, however we recommend nothing is used on PET glazing other than gentle soap and water. Avoid over rubbing PET glazing as this may put slight scratches in the surface of the material.

Fibreglass

GRP products require little or no maintenance as they do not rust, rot, or fall to pieces. They can be easily cleaned using soapy water and a cloth. Dry off any residue after cleaning using a soft cloth. Avoid using any abrasive cloths or sponges as this will scratch the surface. This should be done every 6 months; however, this will be dependent upon the weather and location of the products.