How to Clean Chrome Trim

Updated February 21, 2017

Chrome is a type of metal that is commonly used to plate less attractive metals, such as aluminium or steel. A thin coating of chrome gives a smooth, shiny finish to the item. The trim is commonly placed on bicycles, motorcycles and cars to enhance appearance and style. When chrome is dirty, it can appear cloudy, but cleaning and polishing can restores its natural shine and lustre.

Fill a small bucket with approximately one gallon of warm water and a squirt of a mild liquid dish soap.

Dip a sponge or a soft-bristled cleaning brush, such as an old toothbrush, into the soapy water. Rub the soapy water onto the chrome to remove dirt, dust, residue and build-up.

Dampen a soft cloth in cool water. Wipe down the chrome to remove all soap residue, re-rinsing the cloth as needed. Be sure all residue is removed, because if it's left behind it can leave the chrome looking cloudy and dirty.

Use a towel to dry the chrome trim.

Apply a chrome polish to the trim. Pour a quarter-sized amount of chrome trim on a clean, soft cloth. Rub the polish onto the chrome trim, so it is completely coated in a thin layer of polish. Apply more polish to the cloth in quarter-sized increments as needed.

Allow the polish to dry on the chrome. This should take approximately 15 to 30 minutes.

Dampen a soft cloth in cool water. Wring the cloth so no excess water is dripping from it. Polish the thin layer of polish from the chrome in a circular motion. Continue polishing until all residue is removed and the chrome has a shiny finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Soft-bristled cleaning brush or sponge
  • Soft cloths
  • Towel
  • Chrome polish
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Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.