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How to clean heavy rust from chrome

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'll Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Dish soap
  • Aluminium foil
  • Natural cleanser
  • Buffing cloth
  • Sponge
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Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.