Sunday, January 11, 2015

Maintaining Chrome Faucets

We have a very tiny bathroom adjacent to the master bedroom.  The basin was really bust-up so after the carpenter guys were done with our kitchen, Wendell asked them to replace it.

I like the chrome faucet so much that I've been small-kine obsessing about it. I'm normally a crappy housekeeper, and I don't really know how to take care of things, but I'd like to keep the faucet as cool-looking as long as possible, so I went online and looked up how to do that. 

I found this:

1. Make a solution of equal parts distilled white vinegar and water. Saturate a clean cloth with the solution. Wrap it around the faucet where you notice spotting. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then remove it. Wipe the area with a dry cloth to remove any residue.

2. Dip an old toothbrush in the vinegar solution. Scrub the area around the base of the faucet and any other hard-to-reach areas where you notice spotting. This should remove the last of the hard water buildup and soap scum currently visible on your faucet. Dry the area with a clean, dry cloth.

The Creek Line House blog recommended polishing with wax paper. You can check it out here.

But bottom line I learned is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure:

While the acid content in vinegar and lemon juice dissolves the hard water buildup, preventing more from accumulating requires regular cleaning. Another way to combat future buildup is to dry up water immediately. Simply wipe down the faucet, sink or tub to prevent water evaporating on it, leaving water spots behind.


So with a shammy that we keep near the sink, I've been wiping down after each use.  I even "hinted" to Wendell that he should do the same.


Les said...

I think wiping it down whenever it gets messy works fine...we do that all the time and it's not too shabby!

Kay said...

Hmmm... I do have a LOT of that annoying hard water build up, sad to say. I will give your vinegar water cure a try. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Mark Shelby said...

Very nice Jalna! I always wipe down my faucets. Way back in the 1980's, I found a product at K~Mart called "The Invisible Shield".

You just sprayed it on the chrome and let it dry, then just wiped it clean like you were waxing a car. It made the water bead right off, and never a water ring. They don't make this product anymore.

So now I would recommend a car wax, spray wax would be easier. Or a Chrome Polish. Either one should help make the water bead and protect the surface from water rings. Just like on your car.

Lots of good ideas for chrome polish at this Amazon link....

Susan said...

Haha, I like the hint part. I do that with my hubby but it's short lived: /

jalna said...

So far, so good, Les!

Good luck, Kay!

I like your Chrome Polish/wax idea, Mark. Thanks for the link!

Ahahaha. I think we're twins, Susan.

Erick said...

Cool, I going to try this.

Mark Shelby said...

Just for fun Jalna, I will share this little bit of trivia with you.

I bought this special chrome polish that is made in Germany to polish the chrome on my 1972 Porsche 911 that I bought at Love Thomas Motors on Kapiolani Blvd. in 1980. Mr. Thomas was my best friends Dad.

I don't think you can find this chrome polish in stores anymore.

But I just now found it here on Amazon. This always had the reputation for being the best chrome polish ever made, amongst Porsche Aficionados! And made in Germany!

I still have the original tube I bought in Hawaii in 1980 at a Porsche parts shop, and it's still 3/4 full! That's how good it is!

Just some trivia for fun! And I am smiling while remembering the good old days!

B&P Lamp Happich Simichrome Polish

jalna said...

K. Mark. You might not believe this but after searching on Amazon, that's the very polish I ended up deciding to buy. It's actually in my cart. Only thing, I stopped short of clicking on the "checkout" button because one reviewer said that although she loved it, her OCD husband ended up polishing so hard that he stripped the chrome off his motorcycle's exhaust pipe. What do you think? I don't really need to polish the faucet to a shine, because it's new. . . it's already very shiny. I just want to protect it against water spots.

Nippon Nin said...

Ahhh I like sparkly things! I have to remember this method whenever things get dull or lost the shine. I like your faucet, very cool looking and has radiance!

Thank you Mark Shelby for another brilliant tip.

mmiissee said...

The ending of the blog made me laugh.

Mark Shelby said...

Jalna, I don't believe that reviewers comment for one minute about taking the chrome off.

It's a polish, not an abrasive. I have used this for years. And Porsche owners would not use it if it were a problem. It's made in Germany after all!

If you are afraid of Simichrome....just use car wax.

It will make any water bead and protect the surface. Until you can wipe it off again. I have also used car wax on all of my chrome car parts with good results for years. Since I first started driving in 1970.

jalna said...

Thanks Mark. I'm gonna buy it. Especially since Wendell bought another exact faucet for our other bathroom!!!

jalna said...

Thanks Akemi.

I think he's not listening. Mmiissee.

Erick said...

Cool I'll try this.