Care and Maintenance
With routine inspections and regular cleaning, bollards offer virtually care-free endurance.
With durability being a top priority, Reliance Foundry manufactures its products to the highest design standards. Reliance bollards are finished with a long-lasting powder-coating. This powder-coated finish will protect the bollard in typical North American climates. Proper care and maintenance, however, is necessary. In most environments, regularly-performed inspections and routine cleaning will ensure that the bollard retains its aesthetic appeal and does not become damaged by the elements.
Inspect your bollards regularly. In areas near coastlines (prone to saltwater spray) or in northern latitudes (where de-icing salt is used), inspections may need to be performed more frequently.
Look for signs of damage to the surface and integrity of the bollard. Scrapes, scratches and graffiti constitute damage to the surface while dents and rust constitute damage to the integrity of the bollard. Damage to the integrity may require replacement of the bollard.
Examine the hardware of the bollard. If any part is found to be cracked or broken, it is recommended that the bollard be taken out of service until the appropriate repairs can be made. Any loose or missing pieces should be tightened or replaced immediately.
Contact Reliance Foundry immediately if replacement parts are required.
How often the bollard is cleaned should primarily be determined by the environment in which the bollard must perform. Generally, bollards should be cleaned whenever dirt or debris begins to appear on their surface.
For mild cleaning, simply rinse the bollard with water and air dry or wipe with a soft and dry lint-free cloth.
When heavy-duty cleaning is required, apply a mild soap, using a soft cloth or a sponge and immediately rinse with clean water. To avoid staining the surface, do not allow the cleaning solution to dry on the bollard.
Never use abrasive cleaners, brushes or steel wool to clean bollards. Avoid excessive rubbing or cleaning as this may damage the powder-coated surface of the bollard. Bollards should not be cleaned in direct sunlight or in excessive temperatures.
Repairing Surface Damage
Cover any scrapes and scratches as exposed iron will eventually rust and damage the integrity of the bollard. Treat smaller-sized scratches with and abrasive sandpaper to improve adhesion. Then, apply exterior metal primer followed by a top coat of matching color enamel. Upon request, Reliance Foundry will supply metal paint samples for color matching. It is important to note that because Reliance bollards are finished with a powder-coating, an exact match may not be possible. Large scratches may require replacement or re-coating of the bollard.
Remove graffiti with select biodegradable graffiti cleaning sprays or graffiti removal wipes. It is important to check with the manufacturer to ensure that the graffiti removal system will not damage powder-coated surfaces. Although not readily available in most hardware stores, many graffiti removal systems that are friendly to powder-coated surfaces can be easily sourced online.