Maintenance

Maintenance information

1. STORAGE

Burgess CEP standard tiles are generally packed in cartons, which must be stored no more than four cartons high. They must be stacked the correct way up as stated on the side of the carton and must be kept in a dry storage area.

Particular care should be taken when moving cartons by hand. Weights of cartons vary depending upon tile types and sizes, therefore some cartons will require more than one person to carry them.

2. HANDLING

Immediately after installation of the ceiling, we would recommend that any dirt or finger marks be removed with a clean dry cloth. Particular care should be taken with low gloss tiles, as finger marks are more difficult to remove.

Continual rubbing of the surface of low gloss tiles can cause an increase in the gloss level where this is carried out. To prevent finger marks soft cotton gloves are recommended for installation of tiles.

Care should be taken when handling cut tiles and gridwork where sharp edges may be left.

3. CLIP-IN TILE REMOVAL

The method of extracting Burgess CEP Clip-In and Swingdown tiles using the blade extractor tool (product No. GT137) is as follows: –

  1. Establish the direction of the spring tee bar. Where rectangular tiles are used, the tee bar normally runs along the short sides of the tile. For square tiles, the spring tee bar generally runs lengthways down the room.
  2. Insert the blade extractor at a slight angle between the tile joints, approximately 50mm from the tile corner, with the hook of the blade facing the tile to be removed.
  3. Push in the blade until it touches the top of the spring tee section. Move the handle to the vertical position. You should hear the hook click over the top of the tile flange.
  4. Pivot the blade against the top of the tee section by moving the handle to an angle and the tile should start to come out. Do not pull blade directly down. A 5 or 6mm movement will free the pip from the bulb of the tee. Repeat the process on the parallel corner of the tile. The tile can now be removed in a controlled manner. With longer planks, you may require the assistance of a second person.
  5. To replace the tile, offer the edge of the pipped and stopped flange of the tile into the spring tee bar. Working at the corners, push the tile into the tee bar until the pip engages into the bulb of the tee. If necessary place a cloth-covered block on the corner and tap home the tile.

To avoid fingermarks it is recommended that a pair of clean cotton gloves be used for the above maintenance operations.

A limpet vacuum lifter (GT 135) can be used to remove nonperforated tiles in a similar fashion.

4. TEGULAR TILE REMOVAL

Tiles can be removed without the use of special tools. Individual tiles can be simply lifted and tilted for removal.

Care should be taken to ensure no loose materials fall when tilting panels.

To avoid fingermarks it is recommended that a pair of clean cotton gloves be used for the above maintenance operations.

5. LAY-ON TILE REMOVAL

Lay-On tiles can be removed without the use of special tools. Individuals tiles can be simply lifted and tilted for removal. Care should be taken to ensure no loose materials fall when tilting panels.

To avoid fingermarks it is recommended that a pair of clean cotton gloves be used for the above maintenance operations.

6. METHOD OF CLEANING

The following method of cleaning is suggested: –

  1. Add some all-purpose liquid cleaner to a bucket of hot water (Quantity as recommended by manufacturer)
  2. Immerse clean cloth and wring out (the cloth should be damp).
  3. Wipe entire surface area of the tile. Do not attempt to cover large areas without continually rinsing cloth.
  4. Wipe over with a chamois leather.

Please note that on no account should an abrasive detergent powder be used. Where ceilings have been left for a number of years without cleaning and have subsequently been stained by nicotine etc., it may be necessary to employ the services of a specialist ceiling cleaning company.

7. SITE WORKING / CUTTING

Where tiles must be cut on site, at perimeters for instance, then this can easily be achieved using suitable hand or power tools.

For long straight or curved cuts, we would recommend using either a band saw or electric metal shears. Circular or rectangular apertures can be formed with either tin snips or electric metal shears, with sheet metal punches being more appropriate for small diameter circular holes.

Electric metal shears, as manufactured by DRACO for instance, are operated with one hand, giving distortion-free cuts that need no edge finishing.

8. RE-DECORATING

Where required, air-drying touch-up paint can be supplied to make good small areas of damage to the paint finish. However, we do not recommend over-painting of tiles or trim due to the possibility of intercoat adhesion problems.

Health and Safety at Work Act

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (4th edition)(COSHH)
When these regulations came into effect they placed a number of extra responsibilities on employers. These include an awareness of any product or substance, which they or their employees may use, which could be hazardous to health.

To assist you in meeting the requirements of these regulations we have assembled an information package using, Health and Safety Data sheets from our suppliers of Zinc Coated Steel Sheets and Coils, Man-made Insulation Fibres and Polyester Paint.

Copies of this package are available on request.