How to Keep Chrome Faucets From Spotting

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Use chrome polish to repel water and prevent spots.
Use chrome polish to repel water and prevent spots. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Chrome faucets add a sophisticated industrial look to bath features and sinks. Unfortunately, chrome develops rust and water spots with prolonged exposure to hard water that contains iron and calcium. Spots mar chrome’s appearance and may escalate to heavy corrosion when left ignored. Remove the spots with common household products and use a commercial polish to prevent future spotting.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar or cola
  • Soft sponge
  • Nylon scrubber
  • Aluminum foil
  • Soft cloth
  • Chrome polish
  • Water filter or softener

Apply white vinegar or cola to the faucet’s surface, using a soft sponge. Allow the vinegar to sit for five minutes to eat away at rust and hard-water stains.

Scrub the faucet gently with a nylon scrubber. If the spots persist, scrunch a piece of aluminum foil into a ball, moisten it with more white vinegar and use it to gently rub the stains.

Rinse the faucet with plain water and dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth to prevent water spots.

Polish the chrome with chrome polish and a soft cloth. The chrome polish will repel water, preventing future spots. Polish the chrome again every six months.

Install a water filter or softener to remove the minerals in water that cause spotting.

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