How to Remove Chrome Stains

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Nothing is more frustrating than taking the time and effort to clean your sinks and faucets and then realizing that they do not look much cleaner than when you started. Stains on your chrome faucet and other fixtures can be a real eyesore. The most common stains on chrome are rust and hard water deposits. Rust is a result of repeated exposure of a metal to water and humidity. Hard water stains occur when your water has a high concentration of magnesium and calcium deposits. Before you spend a lot of money on harsh chemicals to treat your chrome stains, there are a few simple remedies you can try first.

Things You'll Need

  • Gallon of distilled water
  • Bowl
  • Borax
  • Lemon juice
  • Dry cloths
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar

Rust Stains

  • Combine borax and lemon juice in a bowl to make a paste. The paste should be thick enough that it will stay put on your chrome faucet or fixtures.

  • Apply the paste to the rust stains and let sit for several minutes. Use a damp cloth to wipe off the paste.

  • Wet a cloth with distilled water and wipe down the chrome. Use another dry cloth to thoroughly dry the chrome.

  • Inspect the fixtures for residual rust. Repeat Steps 2 and 3, if necessary.

Hard Water Stains

  • Combine baking soda and white vinegar in a bowl to make a paste. Again, the paste should be thick enough to stay put on your chrome faucet and fixtures.

  • Apply the paste to the hard water stains and let sit for several minutes. Use a damp cloth to wipe off the paste.

  • Wet a cloth with distilled water and wipe down the chrome. Use another dry cloth to thoroughly dry the chrome.

  • Inspect the fixtures for residual hard water deposits. Repeat Steps 2 and 3, if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • To prevent hard water deposits from building up, use vinegar to wipe down your chrome faucets and fixtures once a week as part of your cleaning regiment.

References

  • Photo Credit faucet image by Lynne Davis from Fotolia.com
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