Chrome is not a solid metal; rather, it is plated onto the surface of other alloys. By itself, chrome is relatively soft. Older persons will remember how, after five or six years, chrome bumpers and trim on cars made in the 50s, 60s and 70s became badly pitted.

Gentle methods are best when cleaning any chromed surface because, as with paint on a weathered car, chrome can wear off. Once chrome wears off, the item will have to be refinished or replaced. Avoid using abrasive pads or gritty cleansers. Chrome cleaners designed to remove rust are acceptable, but use sparingly. Glass cleaner and a soft cloth should be used for regular maintenance. To help protect the surface, apply a small amount of car wax and buff to a shine.


*UMass Lowell/TURI does not certify, endorse, recognize or recommend products.