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How to Clean Chrome Bathroom Fixtures

Keep your chrome fixtures sparkling with our cleaning tips

  • Friday 30 June 2023
  • 3 minute read

Chrome bathroom fixtures are a stylish and modern addition to any space, whether taps, showerheads, hoses, or door handles.

However, keeping them sparkling and clean can be challenging – especially if you live in an area with hard water, as limescale marks will likely appear. Our guide to cleaning chrome has plenty of tips for maintaining your fixtures. Read on to find out more.

The best way to clean chrome 

You can clean chrome using household products like white vinegar and washing up liquid. Only use soft sponges and cloths to clean chrome, as abrasive scourers will scratch the surface. Discover the benefits of each and find out how to use them here. 

Cleaning chrome with vinegar 

  1. Use a dry microfibre cloth to clean any surface residue or dust from your chrome fixtures.  
  2. Mix equal parts white vinegar and warm water in a bowl. Soak a sponge in the solution, wring it out so it’s damp, and then wipe down the chrome.  
  3. Use the dry cloth again to remove any excess solution, as this could leave your fixtures with watermarks.  

Cleaning chrome with washing up liquid 

  1. Wipe any water residue or dust from your fixtures with a dry microfibre cloth.  
  2. Mix warm water and washing up liquid in a bowl to create a cleaning solution. Use a soft sponge to apply it to the fixtures. 
  3. Once you’ve removed any dirt or marks, use a clean, damp sponge to remove any soap suds, as these could leave more stains on your chrome fixtures. 
  4. Take the dry microfibre cloth, wipe off any excess water, and buff the chrome dry to leave it sparkling.

Questions about cleaning chrome 

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about cleaning chrome, including how to remove rust and tarnishing.   

How often should I clean chrome?

Regularly cleaning your chrome hardware will keep it looking its best for longer, but how often you clean chrome fixtures will depend on various factors, from water hardness in your area to bathroom usage. We recommend cleaning your chrome fixtures once a week, but you may need to wipe them with a dry cloth more often to remove dust and watermarks.  

How to clean rust off chrome 

Aluminium foil can be used to remove rust from chrome. Crumple the foil into a ball, dip it in warm water and dish soap solution, and gently buff the rust away. Keep the foil wet and use a new piece if it discolours or tears. Once the rust has gone, rinse the surface with water and dry with a microfibre cloth.  

How to clean tarnished chrome 

Vinegar and water solution is the best way to clean tarnished chrome, but don’t over-dilute the vinegar as it can lose potency. We recommend using a soft cloth to apply a solution of equal parts water and vinegar for best results. Add baking soda to the solution for stubborn stains and leave the cloth to soak the affected area before rinsing with water.  

For more bathroom cleaning tips, check out our dedicated guide covering all areas of your bathroom.