How to clean chrome

Have your chrome appliances and kitchenware lots their shine and become stained? Find out how to clean chrome and the best cleaners to use here.

Updated 24 June 2019

how to clean chrome

Chrome is an eye-catching material used throughout most modern homes, yet it’s particularly soft and sensitive to certain materials – this means it can be a little tricky to clean. The good news is that there’s no need to fret: you can find out how to restore a mirror-like gleam to your downcast chrome surfaces using our comprehensive guide below.

It’s important not to scratch your chrome surfaces in the process of cleaning them, so do not use steel wool and other abrasive sponges or brushes. Test both products and tools on a tiny, unnoticeable area first, and try to pat chrome dry to minimise potential damage.

How to Clean Chrome

Some bathrooms are a veritable Aladdin’s cave of chrome – from flush handles and taps, to shower heads, mirror frames and medicine cabinet veneers. Because moisture and heat creates a breeding ground for mould and bacteria, using a commercial chrome cleaner in the bathroom is especially important for maintaining hygiene, as well as impeccable surfaces. Here’s what to do:

  1. Apply a high quality chrome cleaner (Cif Power & Shine Bathroom or Cif Power & Shine Kitchen are both good choices) to a clean cotton cloth, and wipe over the chrome.
  2. Leave as per product instructions, and then rinse with warm water.
  3. Gently remove any product residue using a dry chamois or paper towel.

How to Clean Chrome: Homemade Solutions

In addition to professional products, homespun solutions also have their place when breathing new life into dull chrome. Try this shortcut to achieving chrome cleaning nirvana:

  • Detergent and warm water! Submerge chrome-plated objects including pots and pans in a sink full of warm water. Add a half-cup of a high quality washing up detergent (Persil washing up liquid is good) and rub gently with a soft cotton cloth to avoid scratching the chrome. Use a scented detergent to leave kitchenware smelling fresh, as well as spotless. 

Chrome Maintenance

Once you’ve transformed your chrome surfaces from drab to dazzling, you’ll want to keep them that way! A decent chrome wax can work wonders by acting as a buffer between the surface and persistent dirt. Apply with a soft cloth as per the directions on the product label.

Remember: Always test new products and cleaning methods on a small, inconspicuous area before application. If unsure about a product’s suitability, check manufacturer’s instructions. If discolouration occurs, cease using product immediately.

Above all, remember that your chrome is worth it: after all, clean surfaces really do make your kitchen and bathroom sparkle!

Originally published 19 July 2018