How to maintain your aluminium doors and windows

As with any household item, it’s important to ensure that when you buy aluminium doors you take care of them. However, you might be a bit unsure how to specifically go about doing that! That’s why we’ve put together this guide on everything you need to know:

Fortunately, cleaning aluminium doors is quite simple. You’re looking at the two main classic methods: soap and water! (Though by soap, we mean a mild detergent). The best thing to use for the cleaning itself is a traditional soft cloth or sponge; avoid using anything tougher than natural bristle brushes, as they can damage the material long-term.

If you end up with one or two stubborn marks or scuffs on your aluminium framework, the best way to get rid of them is to use either a paraffin or non-abrasive liquid cream cleaner: both will work fine. The only time you should avoid them is if pollution has already soiled the coating. If this is the case, avoid anything harsher than white spirit.

How often you carry out maintenance work will depend – unsurprisingly – on just how sparkling clean you want everything to be! It’ll also depend how hazardous your local atmosphere is. If you live in an area with more atmospheric pollution, for instance, then you should consider cleaning every three months. In a rural area or a quieter residential region, then cleaning once a year or so will usually be sufficient.

Note: It’s worth keeping a record of your cleaning activity, just for guarantee purposes.

It may be that your construction company provides you with specific guidelines or cleaning requirements. This is more common in areas with unusual environmental factors, such as those with a lot of saltwater, estuaries or marine environments. If these are supplied, ensure you stick to them: your doors might pay the price if you don’t!

In terms of things to avoid, you should look to steer clear of any strong solvents or solutions that contain:

  • Chlorine
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Esters
  • Ketones

And any other materials that are overly abrasive. It’s also worth noting that if your aluminium frame has an anodised finish rather than a painted RAL finish, you can actually get rid of any stubborn marks using an ink rubber!

Finally, if you’ve got aluminium sliding or bi-folding doors you’ll need to keep the bottom tracks clear and clean: they won’t function as well as they should if you don’t. The easiest way to keep them in excellent condition is through regular vacuuming: once a month should do the trick. Once you’ve given it a clean, it’s worth lubricating the track with some form of silicone spray. This will help prolong the life of the system.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know about keeping your aluminium doors and windows in perfect working order, get in touch with Livingwood today.