How to fix a discolored faucet

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How to fix a discolored faucet
Hard water discolouration makes shiny sinks dull. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Most household water systems contain minerals, such as magnesium and calcium. Neglecting to wipe moisture from faucets makes them susceptible to hard water discolouration; the water evaporates and leaves behind dull, white mineral deposits. Hard water discolouration taints the aesthetic appeal of chrome, gold, brass and stainless steel faucets, which detracts from a bathroom's overall appearance. Failure to quickly address hard water discolouration makes the task of removing the mineral deposits more difficult in the future. Promptly fix a discoloured faucet using basic household supplies.

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Paper towel
  • White vinegar
  • 2 microfiber cleaning rags
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Terrycloth towel

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  1. 1

    Cut a paper towel into several strips. Drench the paper towel strips in white vinegar.

  2. 2

    Wrap the saturated paper towel strips around the discoloured faucet. Leave the strips on the faucet for one hour.

  3. 3

    Unwrap the strips from the faucet. Peel off any remaining stuck-on paper towel fragments.

  4. 4

    Moisten a microfiber cleaning rag with warm water. Wipe the rag over the faucet to rinse away the vinegar.

  5. 5

    Examine the faucet for remaining discolouration. If the faucet is still marred with white deposits, make a paste of 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda in a bowl. Mix the vinegar and baking soda until the paste is smooth.

  6. 6

    Coat the remaining mineral deposits with the paste using a rubber spatula. Let the paste dry on the faucet.

  7. 7

    Dampen a second microfiber cleaning rag with warm water. Wipe the faucet with the rag to rinse off the paste.

  8. 8

    Dry the faucet with a terrycloth towel to prevent future hard water discolouration.

Tips and warnings

  • Substitute distilled water for the white vinegar when removing discolouration from gold faucets.
  • Substitute cotton balls or facial tissue for the paper towel.
  • Abrasive cleaners and metal supplies will scratch and damage faucets.

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