Getting rid of tarnishes from aluminum equipment such as car wheels, dishes, or window frames gives a lot of people throbbing headaches. In most instances, cleaning a dull aluminum surface with abrasive materials leads to scratches. Again, if you leave your equipment for too long without cleaning, they may start developing dark patches and lose their shine.
Do you want to maintain the glow of your equipment? Well, here is a simple step-by-step procedure to clean and polish Aluminum. Put on your learning gear, and let’s dive in.
What you need to clean Aluminum
To start off, you need aluminum polish, regular dish soap, clean water, a toothbrush (old or new), soft cloths, and cream of tartar. Each of these tools would be crucial at different cleaning and polishing stage. So, it would be best if you didn’t overlook any of them. Now let’s look at the steps of making your equipment spot on and shiny.
Steps to cleaning and polishing Aluminum
After you have everything ready, begin by soaping your aluminum surface. Then, using a soft cloth, scrub all the surfaces of your equipment, making sure you’re not bypassing any dirt build-up.
Afterward, rinse your equipment under the faucet of running clean water and possible re-clean the debris that may have been missed out. Alternatively, you can dunk your item in a bucket of clean water if it’s small. Once you’re satisfied that it’s clean, mix equal parts of the cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate) with some water. The mixture is supposed to form a paste.
Using a soft cloth (different from the one you used to clean), apply the paste in circular motions to all the surfaces of your aluminum equipment. Utilize the toothbrush to apply the cream of tartar mixture to far-to-reach areas and corners. Rinse again and dry the appliance with a soft cloth. This should be done immediately to avoid spots and streaks from forming.
Once you are satisfied that all parts are dry, apply aluminum polish to all the facets, the same way you made do with the cream of tartar (in a circular motion). After you finish, wipe any residue with a clean cloth. Buff the equipment carefully until it becomes shiny. Pay much attention to handles, crevices, and edges as they are often disregarded.
Nonetheless, don’t apply aluminum polish on utensils like pots, pans, or any other cookware as it may cause health issues when ingested over time. In the same vein, don’t use alkali-based cleaners like baking soda as they may discolor your aluminum equipment.
Additional tips to cleaning and polishing Aluminum
Here is where things get really interesting. Whenever you want to change your cleaning products, try them on a small hidden area first to assess their effectiveness. Doing this would ensure you don’t destroy your aluminum equipment once you start using the new products.
Considering the above steps, you may need a protective eye-wear and a mask. Doing this would be crucial to prevent drops of aluminum polish or the cream of tartar from accidentally reaching your eyes or mouth, especially when cleaning large or high-to-reach surfaces. I hope this helps improve your aluminum-cleaning experience going forward.