Hammered aluminum is often found on old decorative pieces. People often think that aluminum does not tarnish or corrode, but it can and does. Cleaning and polishing aluminum takes a special technique---though standard metal polishes often will not do the trick.

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Clean Hammered Aluminum

Step 1

Apply a generous amount of the wheel cleaner to your rag.

Step 2

Rub the wheel cleaner onto the hammered aluminum piece in circles until it turns black.

Step 3

Continue to rub the black off, using clean sections of rag, until the surface of the aluminum gives off nearly no more black.

Step 4

Spray the whole surface of the aluminum with Windex.

Step 5

Wipe the remaining black off the aluminum with the paper towels.