How to Clean Chrome Fixtures and Faucets
What You Need
- Simple Green Pro HD Heavy-Duty Cleaner
- Empty spray bottle
- Old toothbrush
- Microfiber cloths
Chrome fixtures and faucets are eye-catching when they're sparkling clean, but they're also hard to miss (not in a good way) when they've collected dust and water spots.
Like many other metals, chrome's signature shine can dull from an accumulation of soap scum and mineral deposits, residue from hands, and everyday usage. Despite these kitchen and bathroom fixtures being quick to collect blemishes, they are not necessarily hard to clean.
Since it's important to use non-corrosive products, many online cleaning tips suggest the best way to clean chrome fixtures is with a mixture of white vinegar and water. Vinegar can eat away at metal and cause it to corrode quickly if even the tiniest amount gets left on the surface. Other recommendations advise wiping down with warm water and dish soap, but this can often leave a stubborn white film on your otherwise sparkling chrome.
Simple Green Pro HD Heavy-Duty Cleanereasily eliminates everyday grime and water staining. The professional-grade, water based formula is clean-rinsing, so it won't leave behind a damaging residue.
Clean chrome faucets and fixtures weekly to maintain their high shine finish. Frequent cleanings make it easier to remove the mineral spots in water that can leave chrome looking dull.
Directions for Cleaning Chrome Fixtures and Faucets:
Do not allow Simple Green Pro HD to dry on your chrome surface.
- Mix your Simple Green solution. Mix ½ cup of Simple Green Pro HD Heavy-Duty Cleaner with 2 ½ cups of water in an empty spray bottle.
- Apply and let it sit. Spray the solution onto your chrome fixture or faucet and let it sit.
- After a couple minutes, scrub. If you're cleaning a faucet, pay special attention to the area under the mouth of the spout where water can settle and turn into stubborn stains. Be sure to wipe the area between the handles and the base with a microfiber cloth, and use an old toothbrush to scrub any hard-to-reach areas.
- Wipe away. Dampen a clean microfiber cloth to wipe the fixture down one more time.
- Dry. Wipe down one more time with a dry, clean cloth or let the fixture air dry.
TIP: For heavy-duty tarnish or rust spots, make a paste out of baking soda and Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. Mix three parts baking soda to one part Simple Green and allow it to sit on the affected areas for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping away with a damp cloth.