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Care & Cleaning


The surface of all Florence Corporation aluminum or powder coated products may be cleaned of dirt or grime with a soft cloth dampened with any mild detergent or properly diluted biodegradable, waterbased cleaner, such as “Simple Green™”1 . Wipe from top to bottom to avoid run-down. Avoid use of abrasives, which might damage the product surface. Rinse with plain water and dry2. Avoid cleaning during extreme temperature conditions.

To varying extents, depending upon the color, it may be possible to remove some spray-paint or markerapplied graffiti from powder coated surfaces by using a stronger cleaner such as “Krud Kutter™”3 or a mild petroleum-based solvent, such as mineral spirits. Test-clean a small area first, a few seconds at a time. Do not allow chemical to remain on surface for an indefinite period, as this may damage the surface of the product. Remove any residue left with a mild cleaner, followed by water rinse as noted above.

Matching touch-up paint products may be available from an Authorized Florence Dealer for products which utilize powder coat finishes. If a mailbox lock in outdoor equipment becomes clogged with ice due to extreme winter weather conditions, the lock manufacturer suggests using “Tri-Flow® Superior Lubricant Aerosol”4 . Spray the Tri-Flow® Lubricant5 directly into the keyhole and onto the key. Slide the key in and out of the lock several times to spread the lubricant. Do not apply too much product, as a small amount is sufficient. Wipe off any excess lubricant from the lock and key.

  1. Simple Green™, product #13102, is manufactured by Sunshine Makers Inc of California, 800-228-0709,
  2. In foggy coastal regions, frequent cycles of condensation and drying can create a heavy build-up of atmospheric salts and dirt that may adhere tenaciously. This requires that cleaning be done more frequently than in other metropolitan areas where rainfall is more frequent (AAMA Standard 609 & 610-02).
  3. Krud Kutter™, product #GR32, is manufactured by Supreme Chemicals of Georgia, 800-466-7126,
  4. Tri-Flow® Superior Lubricant Aerosol, product #TF20009, is manufactured by The Sherwin-Williams Company of Ohio, 800-474-3794.
  5. This product is a light-viscosity lube that allows for deep penetration into hard-to-reach moving parts, providing optimum lubrication under extreme temperatures (-60 to 475°F) and humidity. Product includes formulated solvents that soften and remove dirt and contaminants, and special additives that displace moisture and prevent rust and corrosion.