The legendary durability of the paint used by ICSA is due to the resin used, made up of very hard and resistant acrylic kernels and a polyurethane fraction capable of forming elastic bonds. During drying, the polyurethane fraction creates bonds between the molecules, forming a film capable of following the movements of the substrate and ensuring proper moisture regulation to allow the wood to "breathe".
Structure of the film
Unfortunately, over time, polyurethane bonds will break, releasing the acrylic nuclei and causing a reduction in the thickness and hence the film's protective and aesthetic abilities. To maintain the perfect surface there are two possible solutions:
1. Do not do anything, and after many years, resume brushing (this can happen on windows with maximum exposure to sun and rain)
2. Intervent with a maintenance application carried out with a simple cloth on the clean surface when you see the depleted paint film. This will regenerate the broken polyurethane bonds and prevent thinning of the film. As this second solution is extremely simple, easy and economical, all people who have purchased ICSA windows, with this easy-to-use application, will have lasting quality frames.
Here are some tips for proper use and proper maintenance of the doors and windows I.C.S.A. We recommend that you consider the following suggestions:
Periodically check that the fastening and operating systems are in perfect order;
Avoid improper use and do not conform to the product and its intended use, avoid carrying out unexpected manoeuvers and generally pay attention to anything that may compromise your safety in the use of the window (finger crushing and violent closures etc.)
Check that open shutter closures are correctly engaged with the latches when opened and locked by the closure, when pulled back.
Avoid banging the door or hanging excessively on the handle.
Avoid placing objects between the door and the frame that may hinder their mobility;
Periodically inspect and keep all components of the window and of the obscuring element efficient;
Check at least once a year they are operating correctly, the finish of the paint, and lubricate.
Periodic cleaning of your window will prevent long exposure to atmospheric agents and smog to ruin it both aesthetically and functionally. Surface cleaning should be done with soft and clean cloths using a water and dishwasher solution (1 tablespoon in 5 liters of water) or with the help of specific products suggested by the paint manufacturer.
For the cleaning of the hardware it is sufficient to use lukewarm water with a soft cloth. It is strongly advised not to use aggressive and / or corrosive solvents such as alcohol or abrasive materials and steam machines. During cleaning, it is advisable to check the state of the paint film that protects the wood of your window and, if appropriate, remediate the damaged parts in a timely manner, thus avoiding subsequent drastic and costly maintenance. If necessary, it is advisable to clean any residual resin (completely natural in a wooden window) with mechanical removal of the same and cleaning with a specific product recommended by the paint manufacturer.
For cleaning glass surfaces it is recommended to use clean water, soaps, neutral detergents and specific products available on the market, avoiding the use of abrasive and / or aggressive means. Another highly recommended periodic maintenance operation is the lubrication of the hardware, in order to ensure efficient functionality and safety. The lubrication must cover all the moving parts of the window (hinges, enclosures, closing and sliding rods, snap fasteners) and can be carried out using technical petroleum jelly, spray oil or tefloned oil for bicycle chains. This operation is recommended annually.