Blautec ACCESS hydraulic lifts are made of AISI 316L stainless steel (structure) and polypropylene (pool chair for people with disabilities), both materials are fully suitable for outdoor use.
Although both materials do not require a lot of care, it is advisable to carry out periodic maintenance (as it is a product installed outdoors).
Once our elevator is installed, we must do a general cleaning so that the surface is clean. From that moment on, periodic maintenance can be established according to the characteristics of the outdoor environment where it is located. If these steps are followed, we can expect a long life and with few changes in the appearance of the elevator.
How to clean the stainless steel of the pool lift without damaging it?
All grades and finishes of stainless steel can stain, discolour or get an adhering layer of dirt with normal use. To achieve maximum corrosion resistance, the surface of stainless steel must be kept clean. But there is no need to worry too much, as stainless steel is very easy to clean. Generally, it is sufficient to wash with soap, neutral detergent or a specific cleaner for stainless steel and hot water followed by rinsing with clean water.
A better appearance of the product will be achieved if the cleaned surface is dried afterwards (thus avoiding the multiplying action of heat in the presence of humidity). It should be borne in mind that, on satin-finished surfaces on which dirt has been deposited, the washing movement should be parallel to the direction of the satin finish and avoid scratching the surface with dust. On polished surfaces, the dust must be removed beforehand to avoid scratching the surface. Preventive maintenance should be adapted to the environmental conditions to which the pool lift is subjected (dust, dirt, humidity in combination with heat, saline or potentially corrosive environments, ...) and the following cleaning methods can be used:
Mild soap or detergent (stainless steel cleaner) and hot water.
Wipe with a sponge, rinse with clean water and dry with a cloth following the direction of polishing.
Soap and hot water or organic solvent: acetone, methanol or stainless steel cleaner.
Rinse with clean water and dry following the polishing lines.
STUBBORN STAINS AND DISCOLOURATION
Mild solution, low abrasive cleaners and stainless steel cleaners.
Use a soft cloth, sponge or brush. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry along the polishing lines.
Solution of one part vinegar to three parts water.
Soak with the solution, brush to loosen and rinse with clean water.
OIL OR GREASE MARKS
Organic solvent, acetone, stainless steel cleaner or trichloroethanol.
Clean with soap and hot water, rinse with clean water and dry along polishing lines.
RUST AND/OR CORROSION
Acid cleaner (professionally applied).
Rinse thoroughly with clean water, wear gloves and mix the solution in a glass container with great care.
SCRATCHES ON POLISHING
Nylon cloths impregnated with soap or detergent.
Do not use ordinary metal fibres.
What do I have to remember to clean the stainless steel of the pool lift?
- Always rub the stainless steel in the same direction as the grain.
- If you have to scrub a stain to remove it, make sure you use a clean nylon scouring pad or cloth with a creamy chalk-based cleaner.
- Never use metallic fibres to clean stainless steel. They are normally made of steel and any fragments left behind will rust the surface of the stainless steel.
What should we never do to clean the stainless steel of a handicap pool lift?
- Rubbing with metal fibres (threads or wire wool) or scraping with steel tools.
- Use scouring pads and cleaning cloths that have been used on ordinary steel.
- Scrubbing with plastic scouring pads across the grain on matt-finished surfaces.
- Use concentrated bleaches or products that may release chlorine ions (hydrochloric acid for cleaning or its solutions).