Caring for aluminium or glass balustrade

Most balustrades are installed outside a building and manufactured using powder-coated or anodised aluminium and toughened glass, for a strong and attractive finish. Aluminium and glass balustrades are low maintenance, (compared to other materials such as wood), but still require some general cleaning to preserve their good looks, as detailed below.

Powder Coated & Anodised Aluminium

To comply with warranty requirements and to extend the effective life of powder-coated or anodised finishes, very simple maintenance and regular visual inspections must be scheduled and undertaken.


In general, powder-coated or anodised aluminium should be cleaned every three months in urban areas and every six months in rural areas. In industrial and marine environments (within 1km of the sea), cleaning should be done every 6 months with warm water and diluted detergent wash, as well as monthly cold water washing. NOTE: It is universally recognised some sunscreens adversely affect powder-coated finishes and this should be avoided near the product in question.


1. Carefully remove any loose surface deposits with a wet sponge by gently rubbing.
2. Clean by gently rubbing the surface with a soft brush (non-abrasive) and a dilute solution of a mild detergent, e.g., pH-neutral liquid hand or dishwashing detergent in warm water to remove dust, salt, and other deposits. For stubborn stains use only recommended solvents on the affected area, e.g., Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) or methylated spirits and rinse off with clean water. Do not use other aggressive solvents.
3. Anodised finishes with greasy deposits or hard to remove grime, should be cleaned with a soft cloth dipped in white spirit, turpentine or kerosene then wiped with a dry rag.
4. Rinse the surfaces with clean fresh water after cleaning to remove all residues. A quick wipe-over with an absorbent cloth or chamois will prevent water marks from forming.

DO remove obvious deposits as they occur.  

DO NOT allow sunscreens to come into contact with powder coated services

DO NOT use abrasive-steel wool, scrapers, scouring liquids or powders to remove paint splashes - these will damage your anodised/powder coating.

DO NOT use aggressive solvents, thinners, petrol etc... on powder coating as these solvents will attack gloss levels and reduce its life expectancy.

DO NOT let any solvents used on anodised finishes come in contact with any rubber components as they can degrade them.

DO NOT expose your anodised/powder coatings to excessive heat, heaters or hot air guns - these may damage the coating.

Glass Balustrade

Compared to other materials (such as wood), glass balustrades are considered to be low maintenance, but some general cleaning is required to preserve their good looks.


Glass maintenance can be part of the overall maintenance program for your balustrade.


Cleaning your glass balustrade panels is similar to cleaning of most household glass. 

1.  Wash down with clean water to loosen any residues, deposits or dirt. 

2.  If needed, wipe with a mild detergent and a soft cloth.

3. Rinse off with lots of clean water, to ensure that all detergents and grime are rinsed off.

4.  For a streak-free finish, you can dry the glass with a soft cloth.

DO make sure the glass is cool to the touch when cleaning; do not clean while in direct sunlight.

DO not leave any cleaning solution on the glass, or sealants for long periods.

DO NOT use abrasive cleaning solutions or materials.

Update Details