How to polish aluminium 5 tips on how to make aluminium shine

Aluminium objects occur in every house. Whether it is a milk pan, cooker hood, or microwave. To keep this material beautiful and shiny, it is important to clean aluminium, so that it continues to look like new even with frequent use. How do you clean and polish aluminium? Read the tips below. 

Why clean aluminium?


Fingerprints, deposits, and those inevitable splashes of pasta sauce give aluminium a dull look after a period of time. Persistent dirt also produces corrosion on aluminium. That in-turn affects the protective coating of the aluminium, which means the lifespan of the aluminium deteriorates. Prevent corrosion and the shiny look of the material? Try the tips below.

How to clean aluminium: 4 tips  

How to clean aluminium with acid. This occurs in many different household products. Various tips are shared on the internet. HG randomly selected a number of tips. If you want to clean aluminium quickly and easily? Use HG steel polish.   

how to polish aluminium1. Clean aluminium with vinegar

Put a mixture of vinegar and water in the dirty pan. Stir and bring to the boil. Remove the pan from the heat and scrub the spots on the pan with the soft side of a sponge to clean the pan. Finally, rinse the pan with clean water. 

This mixture can also be used for other appliances, such as a cooker hood, a microwave, or a fridge.

2. Clean aluminium with acid from a lemon

Clean the aluminium surface with detergent and a sponge. This removes most of the dirt. Then take a slice of lemon and some salt. Scrub the slice of lemon over the dirty marks and rinse with water or use a damp cloth.

3. Polish aluminium with ketchup

The acids in ketchup can remove oxidising stains on the aluminium. Rub the sauce properly and evenly over the deposits. Leave to absorb for 15 minutes, so the acids can draw in. Finally, rinse the aluminium with clean water or use a damp cloth.

If you cannot achieve the required result with the above products? 

Try the following method for persistent dirt: 

4. Clean aluminium with baking soda and water

Step 1: remove as much dirt as possible 

Remove dust and dirt with warm water and/or a soft sponge. Only the most persistent stains remain.

Step 2: use (baking) soda

Make a mixture of warm water and soap and scrub with a sponge over the oxidised stains. Avoid scouring products, because they cause scratches.

Step 3: bring water to the boil

Oxidation or remaining food remnants in a pan can be difficult to remove with water and soap. Bring a layer of water to the boil and remove the pan from the heat. Use a spatula to remove the deposit.

HG steel polish: the best choice for a stainless steel polish

polish aluminiumIf you cannot achieve the required result with the above products? 

HG steel polish cleans, polishes, and protects stainless steel worktops, pans, and utensils, but also aluminium and copper pans, synthetic worktops, chrome taps, kettles and electric hobs in one treatment.

The protective effect prevents the aluminium from becoming dirty again quickly and the polishing effect of the steel polish produces a beautiful shiny effect.

How do you use HG steel polish:

  1. Shake before use.
  2. Put a little of HG steel polish on a damp cloth.
  3. Firmly rub the surface or the object. Rub in one direction, because the stainless steel polish has a polishing effect.
  4. Use a rinsed cloth to wipe off the surface and wipe dry with a dry clean cloth
  5. For minor deposits or dirt, HG steel polish can be applied with a damp sponge. Then wipe off with a damp clean cloth.

Prevent dirty aluminium: 2 tips

It is important to keep cleaning aluminium to keep the material beautiful. If you prefer to do this as little as possible? 

1. Watch out with splashes

It is almost impossible to prevent splashes in the kitchen. Try to minimise this by not using too much oil or fat and to only use kitchen utensils in and around the pan when necessary. 

2. Wipe off dirt immediately

Dirt is easy to remove at an early stage. If you see dirt on the cooker hood, in the sink, or on the pan? Wipe it off immediately with a damp cloth. It prevents persistent dirt and reduces the chance of oxidation.

Frequently Asked Questions about how to brush stainless steel

What causes oxidising aluminium?

The cause of oxidation on aluminium objects is the material coming into contact with dust, dirt, or liquid. Over a period of time, this affects the protective coating, which means the lifespan of the aluminium deteriorates. 

How do I clean aluminium?

You can clean aluminium with various DIY products. Vinegar, lemon, ketchup or (baking) soda are some of the products you can use. If they do not produce the required result, you can use products that have been developed specifically for cleaning stainless steel, such as HG steel polish.

Which HG product do I use to polish aluminium?

HG steel polish makes aluminium shine and is a must-have for the kitchen. This product is extremely easy to apply and produces a fabulous shine that lasts for weeks. The stainless steel shine also ensures that dirt and grease do not adhere so readily to the surface, making maintenance much easier.

How do I prevent dirt on aluminium?

It is important to keep cleaning aluminium to keep the material beautiful. If you prefer to do this as little as possible? Try to avoid dirt as much as possible and to clean stains as quickly as possible.


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