Steel roller shutters are durable and will provide reliable and consistent service without a lot of upkeep. However, these structures are not completely maintenance-free. If your roller shutters do not receive proper care, they will become unappealing due to build-up of grime and corrosion. Also, the unit might not operate as smoothly as expected. Upkeep will prolong the lifespan and promote efficiency. Here are some tips to get you started on steel roller shutter care.
Wipe and Wash the Surfaces
You should wipe the roller shutters to prevent the build-up of dust and dirt. This process is simple and can be performed within a short period. You will only need a damp soft cloth to eliminate the light layer of dirt which will settle on the surface naturally. Stubborn materials such as oils, salt and grime can also accumulate on your steel shutters. These deposits cannot be removed using a basic wet cloth. You will need to use mild soap, a soft sponge and plenty of water to clean off the dirt.
Brush the Tracks
Particles will settle on the tracks along which the roller shutters move during operation. The pollutants might include general particulate debris, dust and organic deposits. You might not notice the effect of the dirt during the early stages. However, over time, the built-up material will interfere with the opening and closing of the roller shutters. Therefore, you should use a brush with soft bristles to sweep the tracks and the bottom bar. Then, you should wipe the dust and other tiny contaminants and leave a smooth and obstacle-free track.
Oil the Mechanism
The opening and closing mechanisms in steel roller shutters experience a lot of friction. The friction is high due to the weight of the shutters and frequent operation. If the mechanism is neglected, it will experience fast wear. As a result, you might need to perform constant repairs. You can minimise the friction and rate of wear by oiling the shutter operation mechanism. You should spray a light oil or lubricant to allow for smooth movement of the structure.
Check for Damage
Your roller shutters can become damaged even if you are cautious during operation and diligent in your maintenance practices. Therefore, it is essential to check on the condition of the shutter to ensure that it is operating as expected. For example, the bolts and other accessories might become loose with time. You will need to tighten them for optimal performance. Also, you should have a qualified technician check the shutter balance periodically for user safety.