How to polish brushed aluminum

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How to polish brushed aluminum
Polishing brushed aluminium will make it look clean and shine brilliantly. (brushed steel background texture image by JoLin from

Brushed aluminium is used in a variety of household appliances, including faucets, knobs and accents on a refrigerator, oven/stove and fireplace. Brushed aluminium is also used as an accent in car and truck detailing. To keep your brushed aluminium looking clean and shiny at all times, the aluminium needs to be polished.

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Things you need

  • Lint-free soft cloth
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • Large bucket
  • 1/2 quart water
  • Clean cloth
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Small bowl
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • All-purpose cleaner

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  1. 1

    Wipe down the brushed aluminium using a lint-free soft cloth. This will help remove any dust, dirt or grit sitting on the surface.

  2. 2

    Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into a large bucket. Add 1/2 quart of water to dilute the vinegar. Swish the contents around to thoroughly combine the vinegar and water.

  3. 3

    Dip a clean cloth into the bucket and wipe down the brushed aluminium.

  4. 4

    Squeeze 1/2 cup of lemon juice into a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to the lemon juice to make a paste. Use a clean cloth to apply the paste to the brushed aluminium. This will remove any tough stains without damaging or discolouring the aluminium.

  5. 5

    Wet a wash cloth to wipe the paste off of the brushed aluminium.

  6. 6

    Spray an all-purpose household cleaner onto the brushed aluminium. Dry the cleaner off with the lint-free soft cloth. This will bring lustre back to the brushed aluminium.

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