How to Remove Calcium Buildup on Faucets

How to Remove Calcium Buildup on Faucets

If your faucets have a cloudy look to them, it’s probably because they’ve been stained by your tap water. Especially if you have hard water, minerals are going to collect around your appliances over time. The scummy and scaly deposits that result is calcium buildup are harmless but look nasty. Follow this helpful guide for getting rid of calcium buildup.

4 Ways to Remove Calcium Buildup

    With Chemicals:Wipe down the affected faucet with a wet cloth and all-purpose cleaner. Dish detergent will also work in a pinch. Make sure to focus on scrubbing under and behind the fixture, and anywhere else water tends to accumulate. Rinse the sink and wipe any remaining residue dry when you’re done.
  1. With Lime: Wipe calcium buildup with a lemon wedge. The citric acid will help dissolve the calcium minerals sticking to chrome, copper, or brass. Rinse the sink out and dry the faucet.
  2. With Vinegar: Wrap a bag or cloth covered in vinegar around your faucet. Keep it there for several hours and wipe down the surface when you’re done. Vinegar and baking soda can also be combined to make a paste for scrubbing calcium deposits.
  3. Remove the Aerator: The aerator is the small filter on the edge of your faucet with the screen. Unscrew this piece and use a toothbrush or another small brush to scrub away calcium buildup from the inside, then place it in a bowl with vinegar for an hour and dry it before screwing it back on.

Consider a Water Filtration System to Prevent Hard Water Scale

If you're tired of constantly having to clean that nasty mineral buildup from your faucets and appliances, you may wish to consider adding a water filtration system to your home. Whole-home water filtration is an effortless way to get better quality water that won't wreck your fixtures, etch your glassware, or even dry out your skin and hair in the shower.

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