Aluminium is a soft ductile metal with a low density. As an element, it is naturally abundant in the earth’s crust. Once smelted, it is used in a wide range of everyday and industrial applications.
Polished aluminium has a smooth bright finish whilst brushed aluminium, which has been polished using a special grit belt or wheel, has a unidirectional satin finish.
Properties and qualities
Aluminium is a lightweight and highly durable metal. Polished aluminium has an appealing shiny metallic lustre, whilst brushed aluminium retains some lustre but also features a distinctive pattern of very fine lines as a result of the brushing. Aluminium’s sleek metallic appearance and durability makes it a stylish choice for many household appliances, homewares and frames.
How does it feel?
Aluminium is a smooth metal.
The method in which aluminium is cleaned depends on what it is used for. Aluminium kitchenware can be cleaned using a damp cloth and mild detergent. Aluminium picture frames should be cleaned with a special cloth. For best results, refer to the care instructions on your aluminium product.