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How to Care for Chrome Bathroom Fittings

How to Keep Bathroom Chrome Clean and Sparkly
Sparkling Clean Bathroom Fittings

By Deborah | January 18, 2022

5 mins read | How to Guides

Caring for Chrome Bathroom Fittings

Wall Hung Tap on Brick Wall
Shine Bright Bathroom Tap

The best way to care for Chrome Bathroom Fitting is to not allow them to get dirty in the first place.   This is because the dirtier chrome gets before you deal with it, the more effort and force you’re going to have to use to clean chrome.  Thus the higher your risk of damaging the chrome finish.

The moment you start to notice a dulling of the chrome, we recommend you wash it with warm soap water and clean the area and then dry after use. 

Though chrome is pretty durable, it can rust, pit and flake if moisture is allowed to stay on it. Always wipe away and dry any water that sits on the chrome after every use

Freeflow Waste plug for a bathroom basin
Shining New Waste Plug

Hard Water Limescale Discolouring

Whilst chrome is a great material for bathroom fitting, if you live in a hardwater area and fail to dry it after every use then you will soon see that limescale can quickly build-up on these fittings.  You can check the hard water level of where you live at this site



Bathroom Tap with Limescale
Bathroom Tap with Limescale

One popular method to remove stubborn limescale is to soak a soft cloth in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water and wrap it around the fitting
Leaving in position for 1 hour and give it a squeeze every so often.
As taps are quite fiddly, use an elastic band around the cloth to keep it in place. This will cocoon the tap, helping to tackle the stains head on.

Dirty Waste
Dirty waste plug

Bring Back the Sparkle to your Bathroom Chrome

Baby oil is very good for cleaning chrome and making it shine. Just dab some onto a soft cloth or cotton wool and clean. This method of cleaning works wonders and will remove stains from the chrome and bring up a nice shine.

Cleaning Chrome in the Bathroom
Cleaning Chrome in the Bathroom

Vinegar is one those substances for cleaning just about anything that needs to be cleaned due to the the acetic acid that the vinegar consists of. Place the vinegar in a spray bottle (if you haven’t got a spray bottle you can just pour it on ma soft cloth) and spray the area you want to clean. With a soft cloth, clean and buff. This cleaning tip will make your chrome sparkle and shine

Rust on Chrome Bathroom Tap

Rust on Chrome Tap
Rust on Chrome Tap

Chrome itself won’t rust.  So any rusting on your bathroom fittings will be a result of something foreign settling on the tap, or as a result of scratches embedded deep in the chrome.

A simple way to try and remove this is with Aluminium Foil.   Using soapy water, scrunch the foil into a ball and gently scrub the rust spot to remove it. If you find this doesn’t work, try substituting the soapy liquid for Coca-Cola as this is slightly more acidic so will have a more aggressive approach.

Word of Warning: Removing rust this way will preserve the chrome, but rub it too vigorously and you risk exposing it to oxygen, exacerbating the issue by  creating more opportunity to rust and pit.

About Clickbasin

Clickbasin is a family-owned, professionally run company that specialises in the highest quality bathroom basins, bathroom vanity units, cabinets and all the associated accessories.

Our aim is to provide the best quality products and the highest quality service possible. From countertop basins to bathroom cabinets and bathroom mirrors, every product we stock, we’re proud to sell it under the Clickbasin brand.

We value our business and our customers, it’s something we’re proud of and we hope this is reflected in the personal, polite and professional service we provide.

About the Author


Deborah is an expert in bathroom basins and storage solutions, with over 10 years of experience in the industry. Since joining Clickbasin, Deborah has become an enthusiast for all things bathroom and a trusted authority on the topic.