Chrome is one of the most commonly used metals for everyday products. Because it protects against corrosion and is water resistance chrome plating is implemented in everything from car bumpers and motorcycles tubes to faucets and pots and pans. When well-maintained, chrome has a shiny luster, but it can become rusted if not taken care of. If your chrome product is suffering from rust, here are three ways to bring back its radiant shine.
One of the easiest ways to remove rust from chrome is to use aluminum foil. The aluminum reacts with the rust, making it easier to shrub away. The aluminum is also soft enough that you don't have to worry about scratching the surface of the chrome. You don't need any special cleaner for this. You can even use water. If you're more particular, you can use a chrome cleaning spray. Spray the rust with water, chrome cleaner, or your favorite chrome-safe cleaning product and saturated the rusted area. Wad the aluminum foil into a ball and begin scrubbing back and forth along the rusted area. Keep in mind that this doesn't take a lot of force. As the rust comes off, use a damp towel to wipe it away.
Mild acids that you find in your home can react with rust and make it a breeze to wipe away. This can be anything from lime juice, which contains citric acid to a cola that contains phosphoric acid. It's crucial not to use strong or concentrated acid as it may damage the chrome. If you decide to use cola, the diet version is less sticky since it's sugar-free. Pour the acids onto the surface of the chrome where the rust has developed and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. This gives the acid time to break down the rust. After the allotted time, use a sponge to scrub away the dissolved rust. Rinse the residue off and wipe it down with a dry towel before finishing it off with polish.
Brass Wool and Oil
For light rust jobs, soft brass wool and oil is often enough to remove rust. You can use chrome polish, which is typically oily, or even baby oil. After removing dirt and debris from the surface, apply the oil to a cloth and rub it over the rusted areas. Then take your soft brass wool and rub it over the chrome using a gentle circular motion. Avoid applying heavy pressure or you may scratch the chrome. Once the rust is gone, rinse the area and wipe it down with a dry cloth.