Cleaning Chrome Made Easy
Cleaning our chrome bathroom fixtures and more. Here are some easy tips on how to clean chrome for your house cleaning business.
Chrome is the common name for the metal plating of chromium over less expensive metals. It's attractive because of its shine.
Chrome plating is used on things from frying pans, auto body trim, appliance handles and the most popular car bumpers and trim. In a residential setting you may find chrome on kitchen and bath fixtures.
When grease builds up on chrome from washing in greasy water this leaves a greasy film that will be burned on. This film can be hard to remove. Always begin with a complete washing with soapy water. Then rinse well and buff with a clean, soft cloth.
By wiping dry, the chrome will be shiny. Never use abrasive cleaners. Abrasive cleaners used when cleaning chrome will not only dull the surface but scratch it as well. That's an expensive mistake -- so be careful!
It would be worth the time and a little expense to learn how to clean different chrome applications on an old car bumper from a junk yard, so you can learn how much pressure to apply, and what sorts of cleaning agents to use.
Use baking soda for removing sticky residue from chrome. Sprinkle the baking soda on a damp sponge or cloth and then apply to the residue. A little elbow grease might be necessary to remove all the stickiness. Never rub too hard! Let the cleaning product do the work so you don't remove the chrome plating off the item you're cleaning.
Vinegar is also good for chrome if it's rinsed off well and buffed dry with a soft cloth. Metal polish that is made especially for soft metals and chrome can be used for difficult spots on chrome. Cleaning chrome when there is baked on grease will require several applications of the cleaning mixture.
For a basic cleaning dip a soft cloth in undiluted cider or white vinegar. After wiping the chrome with the vinegar, rinse with plenty of fresh clean water. To remove stains from chrome apply baby oil. Use a soft cloth and polish to remove tough stains. This will remove stains from chrome trim on vehicles, kitchen appliances and faucets.
Cleaning chrome faucets is easily done with soapy water. To restore luster rinse and then wipe dry with a soft cloth or paper towel. Try using an old toothbrush to get any hard to reach dirt from under the edges of faucets.
Silver polish can be used for hard to remove spots. Remember to rinse and wipe dry.
Another good cleaner for cleaning chrome is a product that everyone has in their household. Isopropyl alcohol, commonly known as rubbing alcohol, is effective and inexpensive chrome cleaner. Use a spray bottle filled with the rubbing alcohol. Just spray it on the chrome then wipe and buff for cleaning and extra shine.
Chemicals are not always necessary. These cleaning tips have focused on safe ways for cleaning your clients' chrome. Always work safe in your house cleaning business. It's good for you, for your employees, for your clients and for the environment.
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