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Cleaning your chrome-plated steel Fly Bar stool

The Fly Bar Stool is a unique-looking bar stools and is likely to be a hit with anyone who sees or uses it – in short it is likely to be one of your favorite new pieces of furniture in your home. While the stool comes in a variety of seat coverings – from leather to metal – it is most likely that the base of the stool is constructed from high sheen chrome-plated iron. Of all furniture, chairs and stools are most prone to stains and marks and can lose their new look quickly. Taking care of your Fly Bar Stool is quick and uncomplicated – but there are a few must-knows for the process.
The chromed steel piston and base. The chrome on these new chairs you are so proud of is actually a thin layer that is applied through electroplating. It does not take long for it to get dirty and dull looking because chrome is a very durable metal and can last for years. And because you will need to clean chrome regularly, it is important to know how to clean it correctly. Improper cleaning of chrome may lead to accidental chrome removal and some seriously unhappy owners. If you want to clean your chrome steel safely and without damaging it, follow the steps below

  • Never neglect chrome. The best way to avoid damage to chrome is to not allow it to get dirty in the first place. If the chrome gets dirtier before you deal with it the more effort and force you’re going to have to use to clean it and the higher your risk of damaging it will become. If you start to notice a dulling of the chrome, wash it.
  • Soap and water. This may sound too good to be true, but if the required cleaning chrome is not bad, this is all you need. A bucket of warm water, a mild dish detergent and a soft cloth is all you need. Remember that chrome scratches quite easily, so take care with stubborn marks. For grooves and hard-to-reach places, nothing beats a use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Heavier cleaning. Stay with a soft cloth, but use vinegar as chrome cleaner. Because the vinegar is slightly acidic, it works well for taking tarnish and dirt off of chrome. Remember to use different parts of the cloth, turning regularly to clean sections. If you need more cleaning power, sprinkle baking soda on the vinegar-dampened cloth.
  • Clean rusty chrome. For minor rust spots on your chrome finish, use a crumpled piece of new aluminum foil dipped in vinegar. Be careful not to apply too much pressure when rubbing over the rusted areas. Scrub with medium force and re-dip your foil often. Always rinse the chrome with fresh water well after this method of chrome polishing.
  • Drying off. Once the chrome is entirely clean, dry it thoroughly as chrome is notorious for developing water spots. As soon as cleaning is complete, use a soft, dry towel and shine the entire area with it. Used dryer sheets also work well for drying and reduce static electricity build-up on the shaft.

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