How to clean heavy rust from chrome

Written by hillary marshall | 13/05/2017
How to clean heavy rust from chrome
Aluminium foil can buff rust off chrome. (just a sink image by Pix by Marti from

Chrome is used to make many things, including fixtures in your bathroom and kitchen, trim for mirrors and appliances, and car and bicycle parts. Chrome may be one of the shiniest metals there is, but it is not impervious to rust. That said, rust can be removed from chrome, and you can polish the metal back to a bright, shiny state with a few common household items.

Wash your rusted chrome with a mild dish soap and warm water. Use a soft bristle toothbrush to scrub and remove all loose dirt and debris.

Crumple up a piece of aluminium foil. The ball should be about the size of your fist for easiest use. The shiny side of the foil should be facing out.

Rub the foil across the rusted areas of your chrome. Use force when rubbing the rust off the chrome if necessary.

Rinse the chrome to wash away loosened rust flakes. Use a buffing cloth with a non-abrasive natural cleanser like baking soda to buff in a circular motion if you have any light scratches or swirl marks.

Wipe away residue with a wet sponge and dry with a soft cloth.

Things you need

  • Toothbrush
  • Dish soap
  • Aluminium foil
  • Natural cleanser
  • Buffing cloth
  • Sponge

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