Monday, 24 February 2014

How To Clean Tarnished Bathroom Faucets

It's not uncommon for bathroom sink and tub faucets to lose some of their natural sparkle over time. Although this doesn't impact their function, tarnished faucets can take away from the bathroom's overall beauty. You can clean your bathroom on a regular basis, but the tarnished faucets will remain an eye-sore that does your home no justice. This is why it's important to pay close attention to the faucets when cleaning your bathroom. Using nothing more than some basic household products, you can revitalize the appearance of your faucets.

What Causes Tarnished Faucets?

Contrary to what some people may believe, it's not bacteria or mold that leads to tarnishing, but rather the presence of minerals, chemicals and other impurities in the water. Tap water is filled with impurities like chlorine and iron. Some of these elements are added to help kill unwanted bacteria, but they can also lead to water marks on chrome surfaces, including bathroom faucets.

Does this mean you should stop using tap water? Absolutely not, but it is a good idea to remain conscious of where, and how, it's being used. If you accidentally splash water on the bathroom vanity, for instance, take a moment to dry it off with a clean towel. Keeping your vanity and faucets dry goes a long ways in preventing tarnishing.

DIY Cleaning Solution For Tarnished Faucets

  1. Fill a spray bottle with half filtered white vinegar and half distilled (not tap) water. Note: you must use distilled water to prevent further tarnish spots from developing.
  2. Spray your bathroom sink, tub, shower head and any other tarnished surfaces you come across.
  3. Scrub down the surfaces using an old toothbrush or dish brush.
  4. Rinse it back off with distilled water.
  5. Dry the surfaces and voila -- you have clean, non-tarnished faucets once again!

Baking Soda and Vinegar Method

Another technique that some homeowners prefer when cleaning their bathroom faucets involves the use of baking soda and vinegar. Remember back in grade school when you made those exploding volcanoes with these two ingredients? Well, the idea is to create a similar 'explosion' but on a smaller scale. By adding just the right amount of vinegar and baking soda, you can create a paste-like substance that's particularly useful for cleaning surfaces. Simply spread the paste on your bathroom faucets and scrub it with a brush.

1 comment:

  1. I handed over my home to my relatives for a few days, and when they vacated, it was annoying to see that all taps in kitchen and bathroom started dripping, so I called Tim for fixing those taps immediately because they were causing dampness in their surrounding areas.