How To Spring Clean Chrome: A Guide
Spring has almost sprung and it’s time to clear away the cobwebs and prepare for warmer weather ahead. Keeping metals like chrome clean can be tricky – follow our suggestions to spring clean your chrome homewares and accessories without causing any damage.
Soap and water
It sounds simple – and it is. Before trying an extreme chrome cleaning method, soap and water should be your first port of call. If possible, soak chrome plated accessories in warm water with some dish detergent and use a soft cloth to wipe the metal. Take care to avoid abrasive cloths or brushes, which may scratch the chrome surface.
Plain or apple cider vinegar
Vinegar has uses all around the house and can be used to clean chrome where soap and water has failed. The acidic properties of vinegar help remove tarnishing and dirt from chrome pans, rims and more. For chrome items that cannot be soaked or reached easily with a cloth, pour the vinegar into a spray bottle to treat those hard-to-reach places.
For chrome that is tarnished or rusty, try using aluminium foil to restore the original surface lustre. Chrome car parts and bicycles can be cleaned in situ with aluminium foil dipped in water or vinegar – crumple up a piece of foil and dampen with water or vinegar, then rub the affected area lightly. A chemical reaction should take place, resulting in a brown residue. Rinse the surface well afterwards.
Baby oil is not without its alternative uses; as well as moisturising infants’ skin, this versatile oil can be used to keep chrome clean. To remove dirt and streaks, pour a little baby oil on to a soft, clean cloth and wipe over surfaces such as chrome coated car parts and kitchen appliances. For chrome items beyond a spring clean, a professional chrome restoration service can help bring your chrome items back to life.