Those who are interested in the purchase of chrome- or brass-plated furniture pieces should be aware of the fact that their beauty is skin deep. An electroplating process in which a thin layer of the decorative metal is transferred to a highly polished steel surface through an electric current applies each finish.
As long as this surface layer goes unscratched, there should not be a problem with tarnishing. Thus, consumers should inspect chrome- or brass-plated furniture for surface irregularities or scratches that may detract from the quality of the finish. Because brass-plated finishes are usually sealed with a protective lacquer coating, they only require cleaning with a soft cloth. Chrome-plated finishes require use of metal polishes. Always inspect rough joints when shopping for metal furniture.