What Can Corrode Chrome?

Chrome is known for its durability, which is why it’s a great choice for the likes of kitchen and bathroom fixtures and fittings, as well as vehicle parts.

However, as with anything, there are certain things that can damage chrome if you’re not careful, which is why it’s important to thoroughly and regularly clean your chrome, whether it’s a kitchen tap or a shiny wheel.

In the home, the most likely culprit of chrome corrosion will be bleach. It might be tempting to use a standard bleach to clean your fixtures and fittings, but avoid it on your chrome taps and other fittings because it can cause corrosion. This is especially the case in slightly older fixtures that might have some wear, which will allow the bleach to corrode the metal more quickly.

When it comes to car parts you can’t stop them coming into contact with potentially damaging substances. If you have chrome wheels, for instance, they will be exposed to all manner of dirt from the roads, not to mention brake dust.

In fact, it’s brake dust and road salts, which are commonly used for gritting in the winter months, that are likely to cause the damage. It’s easy to prevent any spots or wear on your chrome by regularly washing the wheels and polishing them.

If you’re concerned about the state of your chrome alloys, check out our post about the top cleaners for your wheels.

There are a range of products and methods you can use to get your chrome back to its best, so don’t worry if you do notice some damage. And if all else fails, you can always use a chrome plating service that can return your car parts or kitchen taps to their former glory.