Best Cleaner for Chrome

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Cleaning chrome items on a regular basis ensures that the items will stay looking as nice as possible for a long time. One of the best products on the market to clean chrome with is Mother's Chrome Cleaner. This cleaner is marketed as an automotive product. However, it can be used to clean a variety of chrome items, except for those that come into direct contact with food.

Things You'll Need

  • Mother's Chrome Cleaner
  • Flannel cloth
  • Liquid dish soap (optional)
  • Soft cloth
  • Buffing cloth
  • Orbital sander (optional)
  • Buffing pad (optional)
  • Chamois cloth
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Find an area away from the sun to clean the chrome. Any sun, even sun coming through a window, may bake Mother's Chrome Cleaner into the chrome, making it almost impossible to remove.

  • Wipe any visible dirt or debris off the chrome using a flannel cloth. In some cases, you may need to wash the chrome with mild liquid dish soap and water if possible. If you do this, make sure the chrome is completely dry before attempting to clean it with Mother's Chrome Cleaner.

  • Apply Mother's Chrome Cleaner in a circular motion using a soft cloth. You only need to apply a thin layer.

  • Allow the cleaner to dry to a haze. This will take 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Buff the cleaner off in circular motions with a buffing cloth. You can use an orbital buffer and buffing pad if you want and if the item is large enough to accommodate the buffer. You should begin buffing in the same place you began putting the cleaner on the item. Take care to remove the cleaner completely.

  • Finish the job by using a chamois cloth to remove any smudges or fine lines. Once you finish this, the chrome should be as smooth and shiny as glass.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear rubber or latex gloves when cleaning the chrome to prevent fingerprints.
  • Only clean chrome using Mother's Chrome Cleaner in a well-ventilated area as the fumes are harmful if inhaled.
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