How do you clean ACP cladding?

2023/06/16

How Do You Clean ACP Cladding?


ACPs or aluminum composite panels are used as a cladding material in construction. These panels are made up of two aluminum skins attached to a core material. The skins are treated with a PVDF resin and have a surface that is smooth and glossy. This surface is easy to clean and maintain, and it stays like new for years. Despite this, ACP cladding is not entirely immune to the effects of weather and environmental pollution that can result in the formation of dirt and stains that can compromise the beauty of the building's exterior. Cleaning ACP cladding is essential for maintaining the aesthetic appeal of the buildings. Here are some methods that can help you clean ACP cladding:


1. Conduct a test clean


Before starting the cleaning process, always conduct a small test clean on an unseen area. Doing so will ensure that the ACP cladding does not react negatively to the cleaning solution or method you are using. A small test also tells you if the cleaning solution is effective enough.


2. Use mild detergent and a soft brush


Fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of mild detergent. Dip a soft-bristled brush in the solution and gently scrub the ACP cladding structure in a circular motion. Be careful not to brush too hard to avoid leaving scratches on the panels. Rinse the cladding with water to remove the soap suds.


3. Use Pressure Washer


A pressure washer is another effective way to clean ACP cladding. If you plan on using a pressure washer, ensure that the pressure is not too high; otherwise, the water can damage the panels. Using a pressure washer will save a lot of time and effort, but you must be careful as pressure applied to the wrong angle might cause damage. Keep in mind that water can also cause discoloration on panels and some other parts of the building.


4. Use Premium Cleaners


You can also use premium cleaners designed specifically for cleaning ACP cladding. These cleaners are readily available in stores and can be used to clean all kinds of dirt and stains from the panel surface. Before using these cleaners, be sure to read the instructions carefully to determine the proper application and usage of the product. Wear protective gear and stay safe.


5. Avoid abrasive cleaners


Avoid using abrasive cleaners and tools when cleaning ACP cladding. These cleaners contain harsh chemicals and can scratch the panels’ surface during the cleaning process. Using abrasive cleaners can result in costly repairs or replacement of the cladding.


Extra tips –


- Do not expose the ACP panel to direct sunlight or other sources of heat. Heat can cause deformation to the panels and cause them to warp.

- Do not use steel brushes or scrapers on the ACP surface as this can leave scratches. It can also damage the protective PVDF layer, causing discoloration.

- Avoid using acid-based cleaners as they can etch the ACP panel’s surface or corrode the aluminum skin.

- Always rinse the cladding with water after cleaning to remove the residue and residual soap suds.

- If the building is located in a highly polluted area, cleaning the ACP at least twice a year is necessary.


Conclusion


Cleaning ACP cladding regularly is an essential element in maintaining the aesthetic value of the building. In summary, mild detergent and water are enough to clean ACP cladding, while pressure washers and premium cleaners should only be used with caution. Avoid using abrasive cleaners and tools that could damage the surface elements of the ACP cladding. Conduct a small test clean to determine what cleaning solution and method works best for your ACP cladding. With these tips, you can keep your ACP cladding clean, shiny, and looking like new for years to come.

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