How to Clean Rust From Chrome Fixtures


Microscopic holes eventually will form in chrome, exposing the chrome to oxygen. Once the oxidation process begins, surface rust will start to form on chrome. Surface rust should be removed from chrome fixtures immediately, to prevent the rust from spreading throughout the entire fixture. Fortunately, washing and then applying polish to the chrome fixture can remove the rust. Properly removing the rust will keep the chrome fixture shiny and allow it to last longer.

Things You'll Need

  • Chrome cleaner
  • 2 soft cloths
  • Water
  • Chrome polish
  • Soft rag
  • Super fine steel wool pad
  • Dry cloth
  • Apply chrome cleaner to the chrome fixture according to the manufacturer's directions. Wash off the cleaner with a soft cloth dampened with water.

  • Identify the rust spots on the fixture, and then apply chrome polish to a soft rag. Rub the rag over the chrome fixture, focusing especially on the rust spots.

  • Rub the rust spots gently with a super-fine steel wool pad. Continue applying more chrome polish to the fixture to prevent the steel wool from scratching the chrome.

  • Continue rubbing the rust spots gently in a circular motion until they are removed. Rinse the chrome fixture with damp soft cloth, and then wipe the fixture with a dry cloth.

  • Apply more chrome polish to the soft rag, and then rub the rag over the fixture for added protection against rust. Buff the fixture with the rag to add shine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cola can be used instead of chrome cleaner.
  • Aluminum foil can be used instead of the steel wool pad.

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