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Cleaning & Maintenance

All Kindlelight products are finished to the highest specifications and in accordance with the relevant British Standards for painted and anodised surfaces.

Post Installation

Immediately after installation all painted or anodised surfaces should be washed down with warm water containing a mild detergent to remove all traces of mortar, plaster etc. Stubborn marks may be carefully tackled with car polish e.g. T-Cut or White Spirit.

On no account are Alcohols, Esters or Ketones or other Organic solvents to be used, nor are polishes containing harsh abrasives.

Hinges and locking mechanisms should be inspected to ensure they are free from any debris that might affect their performance. Where it has been necessary to wash away such contaminants the moving parts should be lubricated with the appropriate products as given below.

Ongoing Care

All products should be washed down with warm water containing a mild detergent at least once a year. In areas where airborne contaminants are more concentrated than usual such as near the sea, around swimming pools, in places where industrial air pollution is a known hazard etc, the products will benefit from attention every three months.

Painted surfaces that become marked should be treated as above. Scratches or chips may be touched in by brush using a colour matched paint. Kindlelight can supply small bottles of paint to match the stock colours used i.e. 9910 Hipca White, BS08B29 Van Dyke Brown, RAL 9011 Black.

Anodised surfaces that have become heavily contaminated may be restored by gently rubbing them with a Scotchbrite pad then drying off with a soft cloth. Application of a lanolin based cream after cleaning will give added protection.

Foiled surfaces may be touched up using the correct pens available from Kindlelight. More serious damage may be overcome by using the full repair kit. Contact Kindlelight for details.

Routine Maintenance

The hardware fitted to Kindlelight products does not need a calendar servicing but should be maintained on a necessary basis. Thus items such as door locks, friction hinges, and reversible window gear which have been lubricated in manufacture and/or instillation should be treated with the appropriate lubricant when they show signs of stiffening up in use or they have been left unused for a considerable time.

A list of lubricants is given below:

Element4
Lubricant to use
Hinge pivots, handles, Locks
Light Machine Oil, Silicone Spray
Hinge Channels
Vaseline
Cylinder Locks
Graphite or PTFE based Lubricant
VSW Balances
Torso – Castrol Rustilo DWF Others – Multipurpose grease

When cleaning the products it is a wise precaution to check that all hardware fixing screws are tight, connections between VSW balances and sashes remain correct, safety stops/catches/latches are in place, and that all parts are free from damage.

At the same time, and at least annually, make sure that drainage paths are not blocked by airborne debris or other foreign€™ bodies.

Troubleshooting

Intermittent operation or sudden unexplained impairment of the functioning of any item of hardware should be investigated immediately by a person familiar with the products, and repairs effected before user safety or product function is jeopardised.

Replacement of faulty or damaged parts should be carried out by an experienced person using the correct parts.

Where an item is still covered by the warranty given by the fabricator or installer of the product requests for remedial work under such guarantees must, in the first instance, be referred to that person or company.

 

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