General Maintenance of Yellow Bronze and White Bronze
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- National Capitol Region Specifications
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This procedure includes guidance on the routine monthly maintenance of exterior and interior architectural bronze components.
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Non-ionic Detergent: A controlled suds, silicate buffered, non-ionic, rinseless-type synthetic detergent, containing no soap, alkali, solvents, abrasives, acids or caustics such as Zyfo cleaner concentrate (Industrial Soap Co.), or approved equal.
Water shall be clean, potable, non-staining and free of materials detrimental to all surfaces to be cleaned.
Cloth: Clean, cotton waste.
3.01 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
This procedure should be carried out by janitorial services, supervised by the Contracting Officer s representative. Anything beyond cleaning should be referred to the metal conservator for immediate repair.
For regular monthly maintenance and cleaning of the architectural bronze, apply a non-ionic detergent to all surfaces using a sponge.
Thoroughly rinse the surfaces with water and dry with a clean dry cloth.
Protect all surrounding materials from water damage.