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.
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:
- 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.
- Leave as per product instructions, and then rinse with warm water.
- 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.
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!