With the number of services that are present in a ceiling void there is a need for regular access without causing tile damage.
The frequency of access is dependent on the environment and the number of services included.
In some environments, including schools and airports, void access must be limited. Maintaining security is a requirement while still offering access to services for maintenance.
A clip-in ceiling system requires the use of an access tool to remove tiles, while security clips can be added to the rear of a lay-in tile.
A range of ceiling access options are available using different ceiling systems. Full details can be found within each product page, they include:
SAS System 120
SAS System 130
Hinge and Slide
SAS System 150
SAS System 330
The preferred solution for opening large areas of the ceiling void has traditionally been System 150, a downward demountable solution with a hinge and slide facility to retain the tile within the ceiling plane. The main benefit is that ceiling tiles do not have to be physically removed from the supporting grid.
The maintenance of the ceiling should be limited to regular cleaning. The frequency of cleaning is dependent on the environment, function and application within the building.
Ceilings need to be extremely robust and claims made by some suppliers on the suitability of their products and technical composition of the ceiling for cleaning is varied. Unlike other suspended ceilings metal ceiling tiles are not limited to a fixed number of wash cycles and can be cleaned regularly. No components in the ceiling can be dislodged using normal methods or pressurised cleaning equipment.
Although the ceiling is manufactured with a durable paint finish, strong chemical detergents should not be used. A mild detergent diluted in warm water, applied with a soft cloth, rinsed and finally wiped off with a chamois leather, will maintain the ceiling in good condition. Oily stubborn stains if not removed by washing, can be wiped with a mild solvent, but care is necessary to avoid affecting the surface by harsh rubbing.
An SAS AB, anti-bacterial coating inhibits the growth of micro-organisms. It does not remove the need for regular cleaning, but contributes to established infection control and cleaning procedures, helping to prevent the contamination of a working environment.