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How to Polish Aluminium

Aluminium seems to attract finger prints, doesn't it? Use this guide to find out how to polish your aluminium kitchenware so it stays cleaner for longer.

Follow this step-by-step advice to keep your aluminium pans looking as good as new.

Aluminium is notoriously light, strong, and adept at distributing heat evenly, making it a natural choice for pots, pans, cookers and other kitchenware. But when it comes to aluminium cleaning, time is of the essence: leaving pans to fester in the sink will cause them to anodise, forming a nasty skin that’s hard to budge. The first step in polishing aluminium is to clean it properly – read on to find out how.

How to Clean Aluminium Pans

First off, it’s not a good idea to put aluminium pans in the dishwasher as this can lead to discolouration. It can be tempting, especially when you have burnt-on grease, but the following steps make cleaning aluminium pans easy:

  1. Half fill the pan with boiling water and leave to soak for around 20 minutes
  2. Use a wooden spoon to dislodge clingy grime
  3. Rinse with a bit of Vim and warm water, then dry with a soft tea towel
  4. To remove the surface oxidation, scrub and scrub some more with an abrasive cleaning sponge or a wire brush. Then rinse with warm, soapy water to wash away the metallic residue

For more on cleaning aluminium objects, click here.

Aluminium Polishing

Although relatively time-consuming, the shine of polished aluminium is well worth the effort (although your non-aluminium utensils might feel left out). Specialist aluminium polish is the best way to go for fast, effective results. Look for those polishes that use the existing oxidised residue as an abrasive – they’ll give you an unparalleled finish.

Remember: Always test new aluminium cleaning products and techniques on a small, inconspicuous area before application. If unsure about a product’s suitability for cleaning aluminium, check the manufacturer’s instructions.

Now that you know how to polish aluminium, you can keep your aluminium cookware clean and shining.

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Use a tough washing up liquid like Vim to really cut through grease on aluminium pans. After all, you need it to be clean before you can start polishing aluminium to a shine.

Key Steps:


  1. Before you clean aluminium pans, consult the instructions provided by the manufacturer either on the packaging or on their website, if you’ve thrown the packaging away
  2. Don’t put aluminium pans in the dishwasher
  3. Get great results with a specialist aluminium polish