If you live in an area that receives hard water, chances are it may be ruining your faucets. When you see all that white gunk attaching itself like cement to your kitchen and bathroom fixtures, you may think that your only option is to get rid of the faucets and start over. Fortunately, there is an easy, cost-effective alternative to replacing the faucets. By performing a deep faucet cleaning, you can bring back the shine of a new faucet. Maintain the shine with routine cleanings to prevent future stains.
Things You'll Need
- Large plastic bag
- Duct tape
- Rubber band or large twist tie
- White vinegar
- Lemon juice
Cut a hole in the bottom of a heavy garbage bag. Slide the garbage bag over the faucet. Make sure the entire faucet is contained in the bag.
Tape the cut end of the bag shut with duct tape in a circular motion around the faucet. Wrap tape in 3 to 4 layers to prevent water from seeping out.
Fill the bag with an equal amount of water and white vinegar. Make sure there is enough water to cover the faucet. Add the juice of a lemon to the mixture in the bag. Tighten the top of the bag with a twist tie or rubber band.
Let stand for a few hours. For maximum benefit, allow to sit overnight.
Carefully remove the bag and solution. If water stains are severe, repeat these steps until the desired result is achieved.
Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth or paper towels.
Tips & Warnings
- Stains on the faucets are tough to remove; the best treatment is prevention. To prevent future staining, occasionally wipe down faucets with a paper towel or cloth dipped in vinegar.
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