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How To Care For And Clean Your Aluminium Windows

Aluminium windows are a popular choice for many homes thanks to their durability, low maintenance, and sleek modern look. However, that doesn't mean you can install them and forget about them. 

Like any other window, aluminium frames and glass panes do require some occasional care and cleaning to keep them looking pristine and functioning properly for years to come. Read on for tips on keeping your aluminium windows sparkling.

How To Care For And Clean Your Aluminium Windows

Inspect Window Seals And Frames

The seals and frames around your aluminium windows play a vital role in keeping out drafts and preventing moisture damage. You'll want to inspect them periodically. Check that the seal between the window frame and the wall looks intact. 

Also, examine the weatherstripping around the operable window sashes. Verify it forms a tight seal when closed. Replace any worn or damaged seals right away.


Wash Window Glass

Over time, dirt, grime, and environmental contaminants can build up on your windows, making them appear dull and dingy. For clear views out, you'll need to wash the glass panes occasionally. 

Use a soft sponge or lint-free cloth with warm water and a mild detergent to gently scrub both interior and exterior glass surfaces. Avoid abrasive cleaners or scouring pads that could scratch the glass. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry with a squeegee or soft cloth.

If your home has awning or casement windows, it will be difficult to wash them on the outside. Use long poles to wash the window on the outside instead.


Clean Window Frames And Tracks

While cleaning your window, don't neglect the aluminium frames and tracks. Dirt and debris can slowly accumulate in hard-to-reach nooks and corners. Rigorously vacuum aluminium window frames inside and out to remove loose dust and grit. 

Then, use a small soft brush and mild cleaner to gently scrub away any stuck-on gunk, salt, or grime buildup. Pay special attention to tracks and ensure they're completely clear to allow windows to operate smoothly.

Protect Exterior Finishes

Many aluminium windows now come with durable exterior powder coat paint finishes to protect from the elements while adding aesthetic appeal. To keep these finishes looking like new for longer, try to keep windows shaded from direct sunlight when possible. 

Also, rinse frames with clean water a couple of times per year to prevent salt, dirt, grease, or other contaminants from slowly degrading the coating over time. Avoid using harsh cleaners and spot test first if trying a new product.

How To Care For And Clean Your Aluminium Windows

Use Caution With Cleaners

When cleaning aluminium window frames or glass, be careful with your choice of cleaning solutions. Some common household cleaners contain corrosive chemicals, acids or abrasives that can damage window finishes or glass coatings designed to reduce maintenance. Stick to mild, non-acidic detergents. 

Many window manufacturers also sell specially formulated cleaning kits. Always check the product label first before using it near windows.


Keep Weep Holes Clear

Modern aluminium windows typically have small holes along the window sill to let trapped moisture escape ('weep holes'). Ensure these holes stay clear and open at all times with occasional vacuuming so that condensation or rainwater can drain out properly. 

Clogged holes can lead to stagnant water pooling in sashes or frames, promoting corrosion over time.


Lubricate Moving Parts

To prevent annoying squeaking and ensure smooth operation for years, lubricate all sliding interfaces and moving parts on aluminium windows at least once or twice a year. Use a small amount of non-detergent lightweight oil or lubricant spray made specifically for aluminium windows and doors. 

Target where window sashes slide within jamb liners and where locking mechanisms engage. Then, operate windows several times to work the lubricant into joints. Wipe up any drips or excess.


Protect With Film Or Blinds

Consider installing window treatments like removable films or blinds on windows. These protect interior glass surfaces from accidental scratches or damage while also blocking UV rays that can fade furnishings. 

Also, use microfibre dusters when cleaning near windows to avoid inadvertent scrapes or scratches. Avoid striking glass panes with jewellery or hard objects. Furthermore, be careful not to let children play roughly around windows.


How To Care For And Clean Your Aluminium Windows

Know When To Call A Professional

While DIY cleaning can keep aluminium windows great for years, it's still smart to call a professional window cleaner every year or two for a more thorough service. Professionals have specialized equipment, solutions and expertise to safely reach tricky spots and thoroughly clean exterior glass on high floors. 

Seek prompt window pro help with any major damage, dysfunctional hardware, or failed seals you discover. Waiting can allow bigger issues to arise.

Final Thoughts

Caring for aluminium windows doesn't require a ton of time or work on your part. But taking some time for occasional inspection, cleaning, and upkeep is undoubtedly worthwhile to help maximize performance, prolong hardware life and keep your frames and glass sparkling beautifully for decades to come. 

With just a little preventative care, your aluminium windows can continue providing charm, comfort and value for your home.


Jenny Kakoudakis

Jenny Kakoudakis likes to blog about interiors. She launched the award-winning Seasons in Colour in 2014. When she is not chasing criminals out of the financial system (her day job), she gets creative by redecorating her own home.

Download her free bathroom renovation guide here.



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