General Cleaning Of Aluminium Features
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GENERAL CLEANING OF ALUMINUM FEATURES
A. This procedure includes guidance on cleaning burnished
aluminum. This may include lighting fixtures, banisters
and radiator grilles. GENERALLY, THIS WORK SHOULD BE
PERFORMED BY AN EXPERIENCED CONTRACTOR.
B. See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be
reviewed along with this procedure. These guidelines
cover the following sections:
1. Safety Precautions
2. Historic Structures Precautions
4. Quality Assurance
5. Delivery, Storage and Handling
6. Project/Site Conditions
7. Sequencing and Scheduling
8. General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)
These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing
this procedure and should be followed, when applicable,
along with recommendations from the Regional Historic
Preservation Officer (RHPO).
C. For general information on the characteristics, uses and
problems associated with aluminum, see 05010-08-S.
A. Aluminum Association, 900 19th Street NW, Ste. 310,
Washington, DC 20006.
A. The Procter & Gamble Co.
P.O. Box 599
Cincinnati, OH 45202
B. ProSoCo, Inc.
755 Minnesota Avenue
P.O. Box 1578
Kansas City, KS 66117
800/255-4255 or 913/281-2700
C. 3M Consumer Products Group
St. Paul, MN 55133-3053
612/737-6501 or 800/364-3577
A. Mild soap
B. Phosphoric acid cleaner with a pH of 0.9
C. Clean, potable water
A. Soft, natural bristle scrub brushes (non-metallic)
B. Mildly abrasive scrubbing pad
A. Surface Preparation: Prior to beginning work, mask and
protect all surfaces that may be damaged or altered in
any way by the cleaning operations.
A. Remove any surface protectant from the aluminum surface
using a standard solvent and a clean, soft cloth.
B. Wash the aluminum surface to remove atmospheric oil and
1. Apply a mild soap such as "Ivory Liquid", "Joy" or
"Thrill" (Proctor & Gamble Co.), or approved equal
using a damp sponge or a soft cloth. Scrub lightly
with a natural bristle brush if necessary.
2. Wipe the surface with a clean soft cloth.
C. If this method does not sufficiently clean the aluminum,
apply a dilute phosphoric acid cleaner mixed with water,
such as "Sure Klean Aluminum Cleaner (ProSoCo, Inc.), or
approved equal. Follow manufacturer's written
D. For very stubborn dirt, apply detergent using a silicon
carbide abrasive pad such as "Scotch-Brite" (3M Company),
or approved equal.
E. After cleaning is completed, protect the aluminum surface
by applying a protective wax.
1. For areas not likely to come in contact with human
touch, apply a wipe-on surface protectant such as
"Aluma-Care" (Coricone Corporation), or approved
equal. Apply using a clean, soft cloth.
2. For other areas vulnerable to human touch, apply a
paste wax to the surface with a clean, soft cloth.
Buff the surface using another clean, soft cloth.
NOTE: THE SURFACE PROTECTANT SHOULD LAST 12-24 MONTHS;
THE PASTE WAX SHOULD LAST 1-3 MONTHS BEFORE NEEDING TO BE
STRIPPED AND REAPPLIED. THE NEED FOR REAPPLICATION IS
EVIDENT BY A DULL OR DISCOLORED APPEARANCE.
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