Secrets for Cleaning the Rust Off Bathroom Fixtures & Keeping Them Looking New

The secret for getting chrome bathroom light fixtures and shower curtain rods clean and preventing rust.

My project this week is getting our hall bathroom back in order. I’ve been painting, redecorating, and my least favorite part, cleaning. If I can find a way to make cleaning easier, I will use it to its full extent.

There’s a trick I learned from my grandfather when he would clean his tools and I’ve been using this same trick for cleaning the rust off our chrome light fixtures and shower rods. I’ll also tell you what he used to keep the rust from coming back.

Two simple things: Barkeeper’s Friend to remove the rust and Minwax Finishing Wax Paste to protect the metal after you clean it.

The secret for getting chrome bathroom light fixtures and shower curtain rods clean and preventing rust.

All you need to do is make a thick paste with Barkeeper’s Friend and water. Clean as much of the rust off that you can with the paste and a soft rag.

If there’s some rust left over that just won’t budge, then use a green scour-pad. Just don’t scrub too hard or you’ll scratch the surface. Sometimes, such as with the light fixture, I’ll use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

How to clean rust off a chrome shower rod

After that, clean the rest of the Barkeeper’s Friend off with a dry rag.

Then you can wipe on a thin coat of the Minwax Paste with a dry paper towel. Let it dry for about five minutes, then buff off the wax with another clean paper towel.

Tips for cleaning rust off of chrome in the bathroom

These same two products also work on the faucets and shower head to clean off the soap scum and repel water.

With just a little bit of elbow grease, you now have a bathroom that sparkles again! And because the metal is protected with the wax, you don’t have to clean it as often.

So, in my case, that leaves me more time for more relaxing things…such as painting and redecorating. ๐Ÿ™‚

The secret for getting chrome bathroom light fixtures and shower curtain rods clean and preventing rust.

Are there any cleaning tricks/tips that your parents or grandparents taught you that you still use today?

Want to see how the newly decorated bathroom turned out? Click on this link to see the Vintage Inspired Bathroom Reveal!ย 

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  1. Lucinda Corbett says:

    Perfect timing! I was just looking at the rust spots on the light fixture in my bathroom. Thanks for the info!

  2. Definitely need to give this one a try. The chrome tarnishes in my son’s bathroom since the ventilation isn’t the best.

  3. Great tip!! I pinned that puppy, sure loads of people would love to know your tricks ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Great tip–btw, I was not able to Pin right from your photos. I don’t know if it was me or not. Anyway, I have the perfect test spot for this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow, what a difference, Tricia. Great tip! I have a ton of that minwax to use for my chalk painting projects:) Thanks for sharing it!

  6. Anastasia says:

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for sharing!!!! Didn’t know this and SO needed to :).

  7. You allow it to be seem to be easy together with your business presentation even so to discover this disorder to become in fact a thing that I do believe I might in no way understand. The item type of believes also complicated and extremely substantial in my opinion. We are having a look forward to a person’s subsequent write-up, I’ll try and obtain the adhere than it!

  8. This is perfect. I don’t have the minwax, but I’ve got the barkeepers friend. At least I can get started on the rust removal. Thanks!

  9. Asking questions are really fastidious thing if you are not
    understanding anything fully, except this post presents nice understanding yet.

  10. As I am in South Africa we do not have the products. Please can you give details of the ingredients so I can source an equivalent here? much appreciated.

  11. Where is a good place to find these products in California?

    • I found the barman’s friend product at Bed Bath and Beyond many years ago. I asked my local SuperTarget to start carrying it, and they did after a few months. They can’t keep it in stock now. ๐Ÿ˜€ The minwax is something you should be able to get at Lowe’s or Home Depot.

  12. I wanted to thank yoou for this great read!! I certainly enjoyed every bit of it.
    I’ve got you bookmarked to check oout new things you postโ€ฆ

  13. Thank you! Just what I was looking for.

  14. Love this thanks!

  15. The results are great! Thank you for sharing I am also dealing with soap scum and rust in the bathroom and I will be very happy to be able to clean them better! Greets!

  16. Thanks for this fantastic Posts also to inform you that’s my first time posting here,but definitely i coming back for more.

    great stuff

  17. Where can i find these 2 products in south africa

  18. Nice post ! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Wow! Fantastic stuff !
    This is so chock full of useful information , I can’t wait to dig deep and start utilizing the resources you have given me . Your Exuberance is refreshing.

    I love how much thought you have put into this post!

  20. Extraordinary tipโ€“btw, I was not ready to Pin right from your photographs. I don’t know whether it was me or not. Anyway, I have the ideal test spot for this.

  21. Thank you so much for sharing this remedy. It worked wonderfully! I was buying shower rods every three months! Not anymore ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. Thank you so much for sharing! The Barkeepers Friend & Wax worked wonderfully! I was buying shower rods every three months. Not anymore!


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