How to Clean Aluminum Door and Window Frames

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Your gleaming aluminum door and window frames become dirtier with time. And unfortunately, once they start to accumulate these unsightly stains, they lose their charm. So it’s your responsibility to keep them shining by adopting a regular cleaning routine.

There are plenty of products that you can use to clean these frames. Whether you prefer commercial cleaners or natural ones, we’ve covered pretty much everything in this article. Just choose a sunny day, and restore your aluminum frames’ original appeal.

1-How to Clean Aluminum Door and Window Frames from the Inside

Usually, the interior frames do not accumulate a lot of dirt. In other words, cleaning them should not be complicated or time-consuming. All you need to do is combine two tablespoons of mild detergent in a bucket of lukewarm or hot water. Then, take a clean, soft cloth and soak it in the solution.

Next, wipe the frames from top to bottom to prevent dirt from sticking to previously cleaned areas. If you come across some tough stains, we recommend using a nylon scrub brush. Simply scrub the stain gently until it disappears.

The frame should then be rinsed with water to remove the soapy solution. Ensure that any residue from the combination you used has been removed.

Since soap residue attracts dirt quickly, your aluminum door frames and windows will appear unsightly rather than attractive a few days after you’ve cleaned them.

We recommend using a toothbrush for corners that cannot be adequately cleaned with the scrubbing brush. Dip the toothbrush in the soapy solution and follow the same procedures as with the scrubbing brush.

2-How to Clean Aluminum Door and Window Frames from the Outside

The outside frames are the ones that tend to collect the most dirt. Nonetheless, the cleaning method is nearly identical to the one described previously. The only thing different is that before proceeding with the prior procedure, start by hosing the frame from top to bottom.

After that, I prefer using a gardening hose to wet the frames. If you don’t have a hose, fill a bucket with warm water and gently splash it over the frames. Don’t apply too much pressure because you don’t want to end up with water spots on other surfaces such as glass.

Whether you use a hose or a bucket, both should remove the superficial dirt. Afterward, combine the same solution as before by mixing a mild detergent with lukewarm water and gently wipe the frames.

3-How to Remove Grease Spots from Aluminum Door and Window Frames

If the soapy mixture you created did not remove the grease stains, you’d have to tackle them using a different approach. For this situation, we recommend using a commercial aluminum cleaner to remove grease spots.

However, before using such a product, it is advised you read the instructions on the product’s label to learn how to use it properly.

When using a commercial product, cleaning your aluminum door and window frames is usually straightforward. Simply apply the product to the stain, wait a few minutes for it to take effect, and then wipe it away with a soft cloth. Nonetheless, because we don’t know which product you’ll be using, it’s best to follow their instructions.

4-How to Clean Aluminum Door and Windows Frames Using White Vinegar

When creating a natural cleaning solution for your aluminum frames, always start with white vinegar. This inexpensive product is impressive and can be found at any grocery store. Simply fill a bucket halfway with white vinegar and half with warm water.

For stubborn stains, we recommend using a soft nylon scrubbing brush and gently taking off the stain. On the other hand, a soft cloth can do the trick when it comes to superficial dirt.

Once you’ve managed to restore your aluminum frames’ beauty, rinse them with water, and dry them using a soft dry cloth.

5-Things that You Should Know Before Cleaning Your Aluminum Frames

  • Avoid using chlorinated cleaners since they’re too abrasive and can have a corrosive effect on your aluminum frames.
  • As mentioned above, try to clean your aluminum frames regularly. The thing is, the longer the stain has been in your frames, the more challenging it will be to remove.
  • In some cases, you might come across some crusty white areas on your aluminum frames. Most of the time, they are corrosion marks rather than dirt or grease stains. Therefore, avoid scrubbing them hard and seek professional aluminum cleaners. They’ll know how to fix it.


Were these tips helpful for you? If yes, feel free to leave us a comment below, letting us know which tip has provided you with the best result. You can also share this article on social media to help your friends and family members have clean aluminum door frames and windows.

If you got glass doors in your shower, we recommend that you visit our recent guide, where we share with you the best tips to clean hard water stains from glass doors.

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