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Keep Chrome Fixtures Shining Like New

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Keep Chrome Fixtures Shining Like New

Chrome fixtures like faucets, shower heads, and other bathroom hardware add a touch of elegance to any home. However, chrome is prone to water spots, mineral buildup, and soap scum that can make it look dingy. Maintaining the shine of chrome bathroom fixtures takes regular cleaning, but it’s easier than you think. Here are my tips for keeping chrome fixtures looking like new.

Use Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cloths are a must-have for cleaning chrome. The ultra-fine fibers grab and remove dirt and water spots without scratching. I keep a stash of microfiber cloths dedicated just for chrome cleaning. Microfiber also doesn’t leave behind lint or streaks like paper towels.

I dampen a microfiber cloth and wring it out well before wiping down faucets, handles, shower heads, and any other hardware. I don’t recommend using any cleaners on chrome as they can damage the finish over time. Water is all you need with a microfiber cloth.

Clean after Each Use

Chrome shows water spots easily since it’s so shiny and reflective. I make it a habit to wipe down all my chrome fixtures after each use.

Giving faucets and shower heads a quick buff dry with a microfiber cloth helps prevent water stains from hard water. It only takes a minute after washing hands or taking a shower but makes a big difference. Daily cleaning keeps chrome looking flawless.

Remove Mineral Deposits

Even diligent daily cleaning can’t prevent mineral deposits from building up on chrome surfaces over time. Hard water contains minerals like calcium and magnesium that leave behind chalky white scale on fixtures.

I use a bit of white vinegar on a microfiber cloth to remove mineral deposits and restore the shine. The mild acid in vinegar easily breaks down and dissolves mineral scale. I rinse the chrome with water after to remove any vinegar residue.

Vinegar can also be combined with some cooking oil to make a homemade chrome polish. I put equal parts vinegar and oil like olive or coconut oil on a soft cloth and rub chrome fixtures until the haze disappears. The oil helps remove deposits and leaves a protective shine.

Prevent Soap Scum Buildup

Soap scum is another common culprit that can make chrome look dirty and etched. To prevent soap scum, I always rinse my fixtures thoroughly after washing hands or showering. Wiping down with a squeegee or towel after showers helps remove excess water.

For removing existing soap scum, I use a solution of equal parts vinegar and warm water. Spray it on and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a microfiber cloth. For stubborn buildup, I make a paste with baking soda and vinegar and apply with a soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge.

Protect with Wax

Carnauba wax helps protect chrome from water spots and tarnish between regular cleanings. I use a automotive or furniture wax made for metal and rub it onto fixtures with a soft cloth. The wax fills in tiny scratches and creates a hydrophobic barrier.

I apply carnauba wax about once a month for added protection. It also gives fixtures an incredible shine! Just buff off any excess after application.

With some basic cleaning habits, my chrome bathroom fixtures maintain their sparkling, reflective finish. Consistent microfiber wiping, vinegar-based cleaners, and protective wax keep chrome looking like new. Taking time for proper care preserves the luxurious look of chrome.

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