Aluminum cylinders in normal service, particularly those having a brushed finish, can pick up grime and scuffing which mar appearance. There are a variety of commercial aluminum cleaners available which can be used to clean and improve this appearance. Please make certain that the product used is specifically marked "suitable for aluminum." Otherwise, serious damage could occur resulting in reduction in wall thickness and inherent strength.
The following methods of cleaning, or combinations thereof, are also acceptable:
- Soap and water
- Solvent wipe
- Non-metallic scrubbing pads
DO NOT USE SOLVENT WIPES OR NON-METALLIC SCRUBBING PADS ON PAINTED/CLEAR-COATED CYLINDERS! USE ONLY SOLVENTS SUITABLE FOR PAINTED SURFACES.
Label removal from the coated surface of a Luxfer cylinder should be done so as to not disturb or ruin the coating of the aluminum cylinder. Luxfer does not recommend the use of chemical label removers. A particularly good physical label removing tool (the Super Scraper) is available from Motsenbocker. Call (858) 581-0222 for your nearest supplier.