Monday, May 30, 2011

How to clean aluminum window frames

Having clean windows with the beautiful sun shining through will brighten up your day. But then you notice the aluminum frames and see just how gray and weathered they have become. It can make the sunshine turn a little gray.
Step 1; Start off by cleaning down the aluminum window frames by washing them with a mild detergent and water. A mixture of ½ a cup of sudsy ammonia to 1 litre of water. This works very well.
You can use already mixed solvent cleaners also. Never use abrasives as they can scratch the aluminum surface.
Step 2; Rinse off the solution thoroughly. Remove all traces of cleaner by rinsing the frames well with water.
Step 3; Dry the aluminum window frames thoroughly by using soft cloths or rags. Rub gently, but firmly in circular motions to remove any remaining dust as well as any soap residue.
Step 4; Paint the window frames if you wish to do so. Badly weathered frames that are beyond hope of cleaning can be brought back to life by cleaning with soap and water. After drying they can be painted with exterior metal paint in the color of your choice. You will have a totally new look with the paint.
Dave’s Tip: You can put a coat of lacquer on aluminum window frames to protect them from weathering.


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