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Maintaining and Caring for Architectural Wire Cloth

You expect your wire cloth to offer a long service life and high performance without consistently worrying about corrosion. Dirty or discolored mesh throws off the appearance of a structure or area. You can avoid these problems by thoroughly cleaning and caring for your architectural wire mesh.

How to Care for Architectural Wire Cloth

Depending on the location and surroundings of architectural wire cloth, it may need to be cleaned. Most indoor applications are virtually maintenance-free, aside from dust. Outdoor uses, on the other hand, can need occasional cleaning. Especially in harsh environments and where the wire comes in contact with other materials. Discoloration and stains can be a factor with stainless steel and other wire mesh products, even with their high corrosion resistance, aesthetic superiority and strength. Keeping the surface of your wire mesh clean is the first step toward avoiding corrosion because surface deposits usually lead to quick breakdown and corrupted outward appearance.

If you want to take advantage of the best look, performance and longevity for your ornamental or architectural wire mesh, follow these steps:

  • Decide on a cleaning product: Certain commercial solutions will work for most metals. Make sure you use them in accordance with any available manufacturer instructions so they don’t result in damage to your mesh. Avoid acidic solutions altogether. A hot solution containing soap, water and ammonia is a commonly used cleaning solvent that will get the job done right in most cases. Unused soft-bristle nylon paintbrushes will help with scrubbing and clean air can safely blow moisture off the mesh afterward.
  • Clean your wire mesh properly: The first thing to know is that cleaning a screen while it is attached to a structure is not safe. Clean your mesh in the horizontal position whenever possible. You’ll need to know the coarseness of your mesh before making a decision about how to complete the maintenance. Ultrasonic cleaning is a reliable and convenient way to clean certain elements, though it does cost more than other solutions. Consider more aggressive methods for heavy mesh or any metal with considerable rust.
  • Perform regular cleaning and maintenance: You need a thorough understanding of the environment and conditions that your wire mesh is exposed to before you can decide on the right maintenance and cleaning schedule. For instance, metal that is exposed to an indoor swimming pool will undergo the effects of heat, chlorine and humidity, which can cause buildups and surface discoloration much faster. Once you’ve decided on a reasonable cleaning schedule, it’s a good idea to stick to it even if the mesh looks fine.
  • Check the job afterward: Don’t assume you’ve gotten all deposits off a piece of wire mesh just because you went through the motions. It’s always a good idea to shine a light from behind and examine the screen openings to make sure you didn’t miss dark or gray areas that need additional cleaning.

Marco Specialty Steel: Your Expert Architectural Wire Cloth Suppliers

If you complete all of the steps mentioned above while caring for your architectural wire mesh or other metal products, you can expect longevity, high performance and a consistently appealing look. Check out our photo gallery of architectural products.

If you have questions about the steps for maintaining your architectural metal products, feel free to reach out to us at Marco Specialty Steel. Our technicians are highly trained not only to fabricate and supply the exact metal products you need, but also to help with any questions or concerns that come up along the way. Request your custom quote today.