Aluminium window frames add a stylish touch to your home, but there's a likelihood of rust setting in over a prolonged period of time –– especially when you live in conditions prone to heavy winds and rains. Rust can make your single or double glazed windows look unkempt and unsightly if left ignored. Luckily, some easy efforts can eliminate this rust. Following these steps will turn you into a rust fighting machine.
Wipe Down The Window Frame Using A Wet Cloth And Follow Up With A Soft Brush
Start by wiping down the window frame to remove any dust, dirt and debris settled on it using a wet cloth. Follow this up by using a soft brush dipped in soapy water to remove more rust from the surface of the aluminium window frame. This action will remove any surface level rust that is easy to remove without much fuss.
Blend Vinegar And Water To Eliminate Rust
Start by blending some vinegar and water together in a bucket in similar proportions. Vinegar is made up of acetic acid, which reacts with the rust on the aluminium window frame. This reaction causes the rust to lift off the frame surface easily. You can use the same soft-bristled brush to remove as much rust as possible from the window frame surface.
Apply A Commercial Rust Remover To Get Rid Of Stubborn Stains
When you leave rust ignored for too long, it will integrate into the aluminium surface and become more stubborn to remove. You will need to purchase a commercial rust remover from a home improvement or retail store to break down the stubborn rust stains as much as possible. You may need to use a slightly abrasive brush over the stained surfaces to eliminate them completely.
Coat The Window Frame With Polyurethane Sealant Or Paint
If you don't seal your aluminium window frame surface, then rust may set in once again in poor weather conditions. Polyurethane sealant is a good choice to keep rust from recurring on the surface. Alternatively, you can also use paint, which is resistant to rust. Both sealant and paint can be procured from a home improvement store for an efficient DIY coating job. This waterproof sealant doubles up as a protective barrier to prevent rust from settling on the aluminium window frames.
Aluminium window frames are typically less prone to rust than other metals, but sometimes it can form on them too.