How to Keep Bathroom Chrome Coated Fixtures From Oxidizing

Updated March 23, 2017

Chrome-coated bathroom fixtures have gained tremendous popularity over the last few years and its bright, metallic surface makes the bathroom look clean and attractive. Proper care is required to maintain its appearance and prevent oxidation caused by the minerals contained in hard water. If your water is hard, lime and other mineral deposits can build up on the chrome surfaces. Soaps and other residue also can deposit on them, making them unsightly and difficult to clean. Fortunately, there are several simple cleaning techniques for keeping chrome fixtures gleaming.

Polish the fixtures weekly using a lint-free cloth to remove dust. Dust can attract moisture, so regularly removing dust and water can help reduce the risk of oxidation.

Install a dehumidifier to reduce humidity. Reducing the build-up of water or moisture in the room can lessen the chance of oxidation.

Install a water softener to help reduce the lime and other minerals in your water. If your water is hard, lime and other mineral deposits can build up on the chrome surfaces, and soaps and other residue can attach to deposits making it unsightly and difficult to clean.

Leave your bathroom door open or turn your bathroom fan on while showering to help reduce moisture and prevent oxidation.


Remove existing lime scale on chrome fixtures by squeezing fresh lemon juice onto the scale build-up and waiting several minutes for it to soften. Scour fixtures safely with baking soda -- completely non-abrasive -- for further cleaning. For particularly challenging deposits, soak a rag in white vinegar and lay it on the affected area until the lime scale begins to break up; scour with baking soda to finish the job.


Label all cleaning products, and store them in an area not accessible to small children or animals.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemon
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • No-scratch scrubber
  • Bucket
  • Dehumidifier
  • Water softener
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Marlene Inglis started writing in 1993. Her papers on creative writing and effective written communication were published in the school magazine "Portico" and her work also appeared in the "Belgian Nursery" magazine. Inglis holds a Bachelor of Science and Ontario Diploma in Horticulture from the University of Guelph.