How to Clean a Rusty Midcentury Soap Holder?

Anyone have suggestions on how to clean these soap dishes up to make them a bit more presentable? A bathroom renovation is a few years away.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Get some chrome polishing paste from an auto parts store. Autosol metal polish is great stuff and very cheap too 

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Liquid barkeepers friend will clean and polish it.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Is the chrome flaking off? You could use very fine steel wool (or even an SOS pad) to remove the rust and polish, but if the plating is gone, youโ€™re going to have to get creative with paint, contact paper, or silver leaf to make it uniform.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Iโ€™ve used barkeeps friends and Tin foil with water to remove smaller areas of rust off chrome in a bathroom

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป If the plating has gone you can send them to a chromer to have them polished and rechromed. This is a regular thing for vintage car decorative parts.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Loosen the grout. Pull it out. Spray it with outdoor silver polish. Then re-grout it. That is what I would do.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Fill a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar. Generously spray the corroded chrome and let the vinegar sit on the surface for 10 to 15 minutes. Dip a toothbrush or soft-bristled nylon brush into vinegar and scrub the corrosion off the surface. Wash the chrome with soap and water, rinse and dry it with a towel. Then use STEEL WOOL to shine it all up – works like a dream.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป You can’t fix that…it needs rechromed. That’s the only thing you can do, aside from replacing it. I would rechrome it just so I could say it was original but, that’s my OCD talking.

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