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February 2013

How To Clean Brushed Aluminium

You are likely to find brushed aluminium in a number of places throughout your daily life – it is commonly used in the hubcaps for your car, your bathroom faucets, some jewellery items and even in your kitchen appliances. To ensure that your aluminium remains looking shiny and new for as long as possible, you will need to regularly clean and maintain it. 

Step 1: Begin by removing any dust and dirt from the surface of the aluminium using a clean cloth. If the item has been predominately kept outside, you may need to use a non-scratch cleaning pad to help you remove all of the grit that has accumulated. 

Step 2: For discoloured aluminium, you will need to mix together a solution that is comprised of half a cup of vinegar and a litre or so of water. Dip a clean cloth into this solution, then rub it into the metal using circular movements.

Step 3: If you notice dirty spots that you cannot remove, mix together a solution that is comprised of cream of tartar and water. Apply the paste to the aluminium and leave for a few minutes before scrubbing at the spot. Remove excess paste using a wet cloth. 

Step 4: Spray the aluminium with a generic household cleaner, like Windex, and dry it using a clean cloth. This will encourage your brushed metal to shine as it did when it was new. 

By ensuring that you regularly undertake the above steps, you can ensure that your brushed aluminium remains as shiny and attractive as it was when you first purchased it. If you never clean the metal or don’t do it very regularly, it’s likely that you’ll soon begin to spot a difference in the appearance of the object.