Proper maintenance plays a lot in keeping the splendor of metal buildings. Although occasionally, metal buildings still need special attention, other than the trivial “ooh”s and “aah”s. If neglected, wall panels will eventually give way to wear and tear, not to mention age. Dirt and deposits are possibly the major culprits that cause your finish to lose its original luster. Both factors are hard to get away from, if not impossible. This is precisely why maintenance, from time to time, proves a worthwhile endeavor.
Believe it or not, one of the most important times to clean metal buildings, is right after completion. Most people don’t know this, but when construction culminates, metal shavings actually accumulate on the various surfaces of the the building. This is because the surfaces are temporarily charged by the rotations of screws and drills – hence, the magnetism. Usually, these shavings are virtually invisible but their long term effects are not – such as, corrosion, for example. Nonetheless, they can easily be swept off, just like ordinary dust.
Considering typical conditions, washing panels with running fresh water at least twice a year will guarantee a commendable luster. This method will do, however, only for light build-up. And there other things that may cause metal buildings to deteriorate.
Mildew, for one, occurs in areas where high humidity is common. The combination of dirt and this atmospheric condition will need more than just water to wash off. The same procedure for removing light to heavy build-up is essentially still effective. However, a special formula for your cleaning solution is suggested. For this case, you will have to combine your detergent of choice (1/3 cup) with, generically, tri-sodium phosphate (2/3 cup), sodium chlorite (1 quart), and (3 quarts) water, of course. After initially soaking the surface, apply this solution, then use your soft bristle brush.
Some metal buildings are more prone to dirt than others, especially for those for industrial applications. Oil, grease, tar, wax, and a collection of other things may keep your building from preserving its prime condition. Using mineral spirits is the secret ingredient. Soak a lint-free cloth with mineral spirits to apply it on the surface. Quickly follow this up with a good wiping this time using a dry lint-free cloth. Make sure that you do this before the solvent has not evaporated, otherwise you will have to start over. When all goes well, proceed with using a detergent then rinse the area thoroughly with fresh water.
Oil and grease may leave the toughest stains, but the quicker you act on the problem, the easier it is to solve. Just like their counterparts, maintenance of metal buildings may be a tedious task, but doing this on a regular basis will deter the need for a total paint overhaul.