Best way to clean your aluminium windows

Aluminium window frames are a great choice if you are looking for an option that is relatively low maintenance and has a long life. They can often go years without needing to be re-finished or repaired. While they are durable, cleaning them now and then will help the windows look smart and as good as new. You can extend the lifetime of your aluminium windows by following some of the advice outlined below.

Account for environmental factors

This is often something that people forget about. If the windows are located in an area where there is a lot of salt water (accommodation by the coast or near gritted, busy roads), or close to a place of heavy emissions (industrial areas and motorways), the windows will need to be cleaned more regularly. This is due to the abrasive nature of the salt water and the widespread dirt resulting from heavy emissions. Every three months is usually sufficient in these cases. In an environment that is cleaner, frames will only need to be cleaned every six months or so.

Don't forget about cleaning the frame inside as well as outside. Factors such as fireplace smoke can cause the window interiors to become discoloured. You should clean the frames inside every year or so.

Cleaning newer frames

Window frames should be washed with a mix of warm water and a basic liquid detergent that is non-alkaline. You don't want to damage the aluminium by using a detergent that is too acidic. There are many detergents on the market that can be specifically used for cleaning aluminium window frames. Never use a cloth or sponge that is rough or has hard bristles. Use a cloth that is non-abrasive or a soft brush. Comprehensively remove any dirt or grime using the soap solution. Make sure that you get into all the grooves and corners as they accumulate more dirt. This will help prevent the windows from rusting.

Once you have washed the frames, rinse them with clean water and then dry them. If you want to add an extra protective seal to the frame, you can utilise a protective wax. Make sure to test it on a small area first to ensure that it doesn't leave a mark.

Cleaning older frames

If there is evidence of chalking or a reduction in the shine of the frames, you can utilise a window renovating cream. This is a combination of a polish and a mild abrasive. As above, test the product on a smaller section initially. Polish the frames with a soft cloth and use a relevant wax product to finish.