How to Clean an Aluminium Cooker
Always perform a small spot test when using cleaning products on delicate or unusual surfaces like aluminium. Rinse immediately after and avoid any heavy rubbing.
Sometimes, aluminium cookers need something more heavy-duty than warm, soapy water. For better results, here’s a multi-layered approach you can try:
- Fill up the cooker with boiling water to loosen residue.
- Empty out the water and scrub with a wire brush and water with detergent.
- Fill the cooker a quarter of the way up with vinegar, then top it up with water and leave it for around an hour.
- Scrub it again using the wire brush and detergent.
- Keep repeating the previous steps until the aluminium’s lustre has been completely restored. If you still see problem areas, you can scrub them with fine sandpaper and wash thoroughly before drying with a soft cloth.
For more info on how to clean aluminium cookers, read this article on cleaning pressure cookers.
Not sure how to polish aluminium? It can be quite time-consuming, but you’ll find it’s worth the effort when your aluminium has restored its original shine. For a fast result, try specialist aluminium polish products. Try the ones that use the oxidised residue as an abrasive, because they’ll always give you the best results.
Remember: Make sure you always test out cleaning products in an inconspicuous area of the aluminium before completely applying it. If you’re not sure whether the product is suitable, check the instructions from the manufacturer.