Keeping your Longboard® Installation Looking Great for Years to Come
While our finishes require zero maintenance, we do recommend periodic cleaning to keep the product looking its best. Our coating finish is tested to withstand corrosion, fading and normal wear; however, neglect and rough conditions could have negative effects on the surface finish of your product. These effects will not negate the structural performance of the product, but prolonged exposure to these conditions may result in permanent markings or surface damage.
Aluminum products are not known to collect a lot of dirt or dust, and in most scenarios the natural dirt collection will not harm your Longboard coatings. However, regular cleaning will improve the look of your Longboard as well as the longevity of your product. In some extreme instances the failure to clean the surface of your Longboard may null the product warranty.
Conditions that may require additional care & maintenance
Initial Cleaning After Installation
Light surface soil level
Start your cleaning at the top of the building and work your way down. For light soil levels you can use moderate water pressure to dislodge the dirt. If some dirt is still sticking to the Longboard a soft sponge/brush and a mild detergent with uniform pressure first wiping vertically and then horizontally. After cleaning thoroughly rinse the surface with water ensuring no soap is stuck in any crevasses or joints. You can let the Longboard air dry or use a dry cloth or a squeegee.
Some special considerations to take when using a mild detergent is to make sure the soap does not run down the boards to another section. This can increase the likelihood of soap getting into the joints. Work in small sections, not allowing the soap to drip. If dripping is unavoidable keep the bottom sections of the product wet or flooded to avoid streaking. Do not allow the detergent to pool anywhere on the Longboard surface.
When picking a mild detergent use the following rule. Anything safe for your hands will be safe on your Longboard surface.
Medium surface soil level
If the dirt is still stuck on the surface after the use of mild detergent you may use the assistance of a cleaning pad. Hand scrub the surfaces using a nylon cleaning pad. Rub the pad on the Longboard with soft pressure following the woodgrain pattern. Rise thoroughly with water. You may want to use a sponge to rinse to ensure all soap residue is removed.
Heavy surface soil level
If the soil level is not removed with a nylon pad a more aggressive solvent may have to be used to clean the Longboard. However, the use of solvents may deteriorate the coatings with prolonged use. As noted above a test patch should always be performed on a sample piece prior to cleaning the product.
As a general rule never mix cleaners as this may cause a chemical reactions resulting in damage to the coating or a toxic gas emission. Also, always rinse the Longboard surface after any cleaning.
After cleaning, it is recommended that an inspection be done to check the seams, sills, and any crevasse for water. Any pooling in these areas should be wiped up. Before you allow the boards to dry you should ensure you’re happy with the appearance of the Longboard. If there is any discoloration from leftover dirt or residue this should be cleaned off before drying.