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Chrome Furniture Care and Maintenance

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Chrome is a resilient coating, typically electroplated to mild steel to protect it from rust and improve its appearance. Follow these instructions to care for your chrome furniture properly.

Cleaning chrome furniture

Use a soft cloth or sponge with warm water and liquid detergent, soap or Relay Spray. After cleaning, dry with a soft cloth. Use standard furniture polishes to shine chrome.

Deep cleaning chrome furniture

To remove stains and tarnishing from chrome we suggest using vinegar, or alcohol on a cloth. Sprinkling baking soda onto the vinegar dampened cloth can add extra cleaning power.

Maintenance of chrome furniture

To restore chrome’s sparkle, we recommend using a proprietary polish such as ‘Brasso’ following the instructions on the product.

It is important to periodically examine your chrome furniture for rust spots and chips. In the event of rust appearing through your chrome finish we suggest crumpling up aluminium foil and dipping it either in vinegar or coke and scrubbing the affected area whilst applying light pressure.

Re-dip the foil often. After this, rinse well with water and dry with a soft cloth. If the rust is severe you may carefully use fine grade steel wool on only the affected area, making sure none of the steel is left behind after use. Then polish the area and protect it with furniture wax – we suggest using a chrome-specified proprietary wax such as ‘Turtle Wax’.


Chrome scratches easily. Do not use abrasive cleaners. Do not use chrome furniture outdoors if it is not specifically specified for outdoor use.

Always dry chrome surfaces if they get wet; the steel underneath is particularly susceptible to rust and is often vulnerable around joints etc.

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By Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth on 25/09/17 12:00
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