Finding that perfect retro chrome table is a thrill. But with salvaged pieces or second-hand furniture, getting them back to showroom condition could be a challenge. When cleaning chrome, the secret is to remove the grime and bring back the shine without undermining the finish. Metal cleaning goods make quick work of this job, letting you enjoy your retro pieces.
Place the table top back on a drop cloth. Eliminate the camel, if at all possible.
Remove surface dust and dirt from washing dish detergent. Rub places or corrosion with a moist part of loosely wadded tinfoil. Use a steel brush for stubborn areas. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.
Liberally apply lubricating spray to places where caked decay or debris remains. Allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Gently nut problem areas with steel wool or steel brush. Do not extend past the subject of concentration to avoid scuffing the chrome unnecessarily.
Wash the piece with soapy water to eliminate lubricating spray deposits. Buff dry with a mircofiber cloth.
Use a business chrome cleaner for the last cleaning. Use as directed. Buff to a reflective finish using a clean microfiber cloth.