In this article, we will be talking about how to clean tarnished chrome faucets. Chrome is a very hard metal that can withstand corrosion from water. The most common cause of the corrosion of chrome is the use of acidic cleaners on it.
If you have been using acid cleaners on your fixtures and they have become corroded or stained, here are some suggestions for cleaning corroded faucets.
Methods for Cleaning Corroded Faucets
White Vinegar Method
Soak a rag in white vinegar and lay it over the corroded area of your fixture. Leave it there for at least an hour so that the acid from the vinegar can eat away at any corrosion on your fixture.
Then scrub with a toothbrush as much as you can to remove any corrosion that is still left on the fixture.
The white vinegar soak method also works wonders for the hard-to-reach parts of your faucet, like the inside of the spout or under its aerator (the little screen that attaches at the end of your hose).
Be careful not to damage your sprayer nozzle when you take it off, as this is likely where all of your buildups will be located. Remove the nozzle by twisting it counterclockwise until it comes loose from the base plate; inset a flat head screwdriver into one side, if necessary.
Then remove any mineral deposits using either CLR (for tougher stains) or Lime-Away (for lighter ones), like you did for scrubbing the faucet handles above.
Baking Soda Method
You can also use baking soda to clean your corroded chrome faucets. Mix water with baking soda until it forms into a paste and then spread over the corroded area of the faucet. Let this sit for half an hour and then rinse it off before scrubbing away any corrosion that remains.
Electrochemical Etching Method
The third method that you can use is called electrochemical etching or simply, EC Etch. This technique uses a chemical process by which metal is etched away to make small grooves to make a surface rougher and more porous.
Chrome fixtures use this technique to create the mirror effect of the shiny finish. Once the process is complete, the fixtures are sprayed with chrome which adheres to these rougher surfaces and gives it a mirror-like surface.
To apply for EC Etch, you will need to get an EC Etch Kit from your local hardware store. This kit comes with everything that you will need to clean your corroded faucets including safety equipment like rubber gloves and goggles to protect yourself from any chemical spillage while scrubbing.
Follow all of the instructions on the back of the box; basically, you simply pour some of the solutions into a bowl or bucket then dip your scrubber into it and use that to scrub off any corrosion left on your fixture. Your corroded chrome fixtures should be shiny again in no time!
Using the correct cleaning products and techniques should leave your chrome faucets looking new. If you still have problems, though, it’s probably time to replace them.
Chrome is not only expensive but also hard to match with other fixtures in a kitchen or bathroom. You can find similar-looking stainless steel or nickel fixtures at a much lower price point, and these tend to be a lot easier to clean!
If you find that these methods do not work for you, then you can always call a plumber. Some plumbers have professional cleaning solutions that they can use to clean your fixtures quickly and easily. However, if you want to save time and money, the three home remedies above will get the job done!