Can Vinegar Be Used to Clean Chrome Wheels?

Vinegar can be used to clean chrome wheels that are too tarnished and dirty to respond to milder cleaning agents. Any type of vinegar can be used, but care should be taken to use clean sections of a soft cleaning cloth to avoid scratching the chrome finish.

Chrome plating is used as a finish for many items ranging from motorbike exhaust pipes and car wheels to kitchen faucets. The material is a soft metal and only a thin layer is applied. Although chrome is highly resistant to heat and is durable, it can easily get tarnished and appear lifeless and dull, requiring frequent cleaning.

Regular cleaning keeps chrome shiny and attractive while minimizing the effort needed to clean it. Dull chrome can be washed with soap and water. A soft cloth should be used to avoid scratching the chrome, and a soft-bristled toothbrush is useful when trying to reach difficult areas. If the chrome is very dirty, vinegar is a better choice. Its acid content removes dirt and polishes chrome easily. The same tools — a soft cloth and a soft-bristled brush — can be used with vinegar.

Vinegar contains acetic acid and is effective at cleaning a number of different items besides chrome. Some examples include glass windows, coffee makers, microwaves and brass.