Cleaning chrome at Jo’s place

Posted on Sat, 31 May 2008 by midcenturyjo

I had a wonderful score on eBay this week. I’ve been after some 70s chrome chairs for my living room. Of course I don’t want to spend much but still want the “look”. These are by Finnish designer Eero Aarnio for Framac, an Australian furniture company specialising in office furniture. Soooooooooooooo heavy but so comfy and by the time I’m finished they will be so retrolicious. First things first though. I have to clean the chrome before they head off to be recovered. I had heard that vinegar and aluminium foil are great for removing tarnish from chrome so as it was a rainy afternoon I thought why not! Surprise surprise it works! A little elbow grease and a soft cloth to finish. There is some deep scratching at the ends of the arms but I think the chrome looks fabulous. Cheap and a lot more “friendly” than harsh commercial cleaners. Just wish I’d worn gloves. My fingers have black gunk all over them! You can have a closer look at how I did it here.

kim. says:

Holy sh*t – I’m going to have to remember that trick for chrome. Amazing how well that worked. And these chairs are so freaking fabulous!!! I cannot wait to see what you do with them.

phoenix says:

What a great looking chair! Very jealous of your find here. 🙂

I never would have thought of this! I really needed this tip…thanks.

ZZ says:

I’m impressed but think you need to come to my place and show me how you did it – on my chairs.

orangered says:

holy…no freaking way!
thank you…

Thankyou soooo much for this, I just tried it on a fab sixties swivel chair and now I’m in love!

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