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Best way to Clean old 1960ish horizontal Aluminum sliding windows...

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Old 08-12-16, 03:24 PM
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Best way to Clean old 1960ish horizontal Aluminum sliding windows...

Ok so i got this condo and the windows are super dirty very old aluminum windows, Im wondering what is the best way to give the windows and sliding balcony doors a good thorough cleaning. They also seems loose ont he track so any rumbling cases the windows to rattle (its not the glass loose withint he frame, its the fram hitting against the railing i guess you would say).

Also can i use wax to make them slide better? or what do i use after i clean the windows thoroughly.
 
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Old 08-12-16, 03:34 PM
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Really need a picture.
In most cases if there older windows you need to at least remove the whole door and inspect the rollers and replace if there worn out or sticking, then you can vacuum out the tracks.
Very common to have bad rollers.
 
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sorry not at home, but i dont think they have rollers, was planning on vacuuming out the tracks regardless. really clean it up.
 
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Use a dry bristle brush to scrub off what dirt you can... blow the dirt out. Tgen once you have it fairly clean, use Simple green and a bristle brush. Don't oil anything, it will just attract dirt. Silicone spray is okay.
 
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will any all purpose cleaner work like comet? or does it specifically have to be simple green>
 
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Don't use an abrasive. 409 or dish soap.
 
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Look for a metal polish like BRASSO.
You need new rollers. Yes it has rollers. Could be both top and bottom or just top or just bottom.
 
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Lots of aluminum sliders do not have rollers. Some aren't much more than glorified storm windows... especially in warm climates like California where most are single paned. It should be obvious when you lift the sliding sash out if yours has rollers or not.
 
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