How to Keep Your Aluminum Window Frames Sparkling Clean

The powder coating on aluminum door and window frames can deteriorate if grime and dirt are allowed to build up on those frames. That deterioration can cause the beautiful sheen of the frames to lose its luster. This article discusses how you can clean those frames so that dirt does not accumulate on them.

Step 1: Dust the Window Frames

Use a damp washcloth for this task. Alternatively, you can use a feather duster. The purpose of dusting the aluminum window frames is to remove the surface dirt that is easy to dislodge. This will allow you to concentrate your subsequent efforts on the entrenched dirt. Use broad strokes of the dusting implement to clear the frame of all dust or loose debris.

Step 2: Prepare the Cleaning Solution

You will need two spray bottles. In one bottle, mix ammonia and water. You can use quarter cup of ammonia in a full cup of water. Close the bottle and shake it until the solution is mixed properly. Fill the second spray bottle with warm water.

Step 3: Apply the Cleaning Solution

Spray the ammonia solution onto the window frames you have just dusted off. Let the solution sit for a few minutes before you use the damp washcloth to wipe off any dirt that will have been loosened by the ammonia solution.

Step 4: Repeat the Ammonia Solution Treatment

Re-apply the ammonia solution if there are still some visible signs that some dirt is still embedded in the aluminum window frames. Use the damp washcloth to clean the freed dirt.

Step 5: Rinse the Frames

Take the second spray bottle that has warm water and spray this water on the areas that you have just cleaned. Take a dry washcloth and dry off the places that you have just rinsed. Make sure that the washcloth you use is non-abrasive. An abrasive washcloth will damage the powder coating on the window frame.

Perform this maintenance task as often as you can, or at least twice a year. This will prevent the damaging effects of grime from affecting your window frames. You should also clean your aluminum window frames at a time when they will have the best chance to dry quickly, such as in the morning (on a sunny day). That "simple" care that you give those frames on a regular basis will keep them sparkling throughout their useful life, and you will enjoy their attractive appearance for years.

For more information on aluminum window frames, contact a professional window service, such as Platinum Glass and Aluminium.