GeneralCare & Maintenance

General Care & Maintenance

Our products are low-maintenance, easy to clean and to care for. Regular maintenance conserves value and extends the life span of our products. If you adhere to the following cleaning, care and maintenance tips, you will be able to enjoy your Vinco products for a long time. In order to retain an immaculate surface, smooth-running hardware and well closing gaskets, please take note of the following care tips.

Do not use cleaning products of unknown composition. If you are uncertain about the effects of a cleaning agent, test it on an inconspicuous, concealed part of the product. Please be aware that cleaning agents which cause surprising cleaning results without any special effort might often lead to long term damages as a result of harsh chemicals inside the product. Outside surfaces are not only exposed to weather, but also to the increased effects of smoke, industrial fumes and aggressive fling dust. Deposits of these substances combined with rain or condensation can impair surfaces and alter the decorative appearance. We recommend regular cleaning of those outside surfaces, depending on the degree of staining, in order to prevent long term settling of deposits. The sooner stains are removed from the surface, the easier their cleaning will be.

Hardware

          All hardware parts are to be checked regularly for tight fitting and for wear and tear. If necessary, fixing screws may need to be tightened or faulty parts be replaced by authorised personnel. Furthermore, all gliding and movable hardware parts have to be greased once per year (acid free grease or oil). Hardware should only come in contact with those care and cleaning agents that do not impede the corrosion protection of the hardware parts.

Glass surfaces

          Dirty glass surfaces can be cleaned whilst wet with water, sponge, cloth etc. Common glass cleaners without scouring agents may be added to the water. Persistent stains such as paints or tar droplets should be removed with methylated spirits, acetone or petroleum ether. The glass surface should then be cleaned wet again. Metallic items (e.g. razor blades, steel wool …) must not be used!

          Do not use alkaline cleaning lye, acids or cleaning agents containing fluoride to clean the glass surface. Protect the glass surface with suitable cover foils from plaster splatters, cement, untreated concrete surfaces, fire cement boards, flying sparks or welding beads from angle grinders and acidic facade stone cleaners.

Gaskets

          All gasket profiles have to be cleaned and greased at least once per year to retain functionality. Ensure a suitable care product is used for the gaskets. The care product for gaskets must retain the pliability of the gasket and prevent it from becoming brittle prematurely. Please ensure the gasket profiles are not damaged and do not come into contact with solvents. Generally, a gasket should only be cleaned with water and possibly a little bit of dish washing liquid.

Permitted cleaning agents

• Alkaline cleaning agents (soapy solutions)
• Mixtures of water & alcohol

Concentration, exposure time & ambient temperature play an important role. It can still damage the material if the concentration of the cleaner is too high.

Prohibited cleaning agents

• Cleaners containing chlorine or cleaners with peroxides can damage the material over a longer period of time & lead to discolouration.
• Oil & grease containing harsh substances & petrol can lead to a cracked and unsightly appearance.

Only use appropriate care products that are specifically designed to clean uPVC surfaces. Especially avoid aggressive and dissolving cleaning agents. Avoid direct sunlight during cleaning on the areas which need to be cleaned.