Maintaining and Caring for Your Security Screens

July 3, 2024

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If you’re looking to protect your home from intruders, security doors and security screens can be a fantastic investment. They’re durable, long-lasting, and can provide an extra layer of protection that can give you peace of mind. However, just like anything, maintenance is required to preserve the product’s original appearance. That’s why it’s important to give your security doors and security screens some love and care to extend their lifespan. With a little bit of upkeep and maintenance, you can keep your screens in top shape for years to come.

 

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Inspection and Maintenance

To ensure an unobstructed view and proper airflow, it’s important to clean the stainless-steel security screen on a regular basis. Additionally, it’s recommended that anodised or powder-coated aluminium frames on your security doors be cleaned regularly to maintain the product’s original appearance.

 

Regular Cleaning

To keep the security screen finish looking like new:

  1. Carefully remove any loose deposits with a wet sponge.
  2. To remove dust, salt, dirt, and other deposits, wash down using a soft-bristled brush (non-abrasive) and a mild household detergent solution or Amplimesh® screen cleaner (see product instructions before use). Anodised finishes with greasy deposits or hard-to-remove grime should be cleaned with a soft cloth dipped in white spirit and then wiped with a dry rag.
  3. Rinse off with lots of warm soapy water. Only mains water is to be used as recycled; bore or tank water is unacceptable and may lead to detrimental corrosion effects.
  4. A quick wipe-over with an absorbent cloth chamois will prevent water marks from forming.

 

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TIPS

  • DO NOT allow excess water to enter the main lock and any auxiliary locks.
  • DO NOT under any circumstances use scourer pads, abrasive scouring cleaners, or caustic solutions, as these will cause permanent damage to the finish.
  • DO NOT use solvents or harsh detergents on any frame, mesh, or components, as this could damage the finish and increase the likelihood of corrosion.
  • DO NOT let any solvents used on anodised finishes come in with contact rubber components, as they can degrade them.
  • DO NOT expose your anodised and powder coatings to excessive heat, heaters, or hot air guns – these may damage the coating.

 

Locks

  • The locking devices incorporated in security doors are complex mechanisms, and regular maintenance, including the occasional lubrication of moving parts with an aerosol-based lubricant, is required.
  • Hold the handles down and spray into the latch bolt cavity to lubricate door locks, then operate a few times to spread the lubricant around the moving parts.
  • Door handle pivots and hinge pivot pins can be lubricated where they fit into the lock body. Do not spray directly into the key slots of lock cylinders or onto the key. However, applied sparingly, dry graphite powder is a suitable lubricant for lock cylinders.

 

By following the tips and guidelines in this article, you can keep your security doors and security screens in top shape for years to come. Remember to inspect and maintain your security screens, clean them regularly, and take care of the locks. With a little bit of effort, you can ensure that your investment in security screens pays off in the long run.

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