Cleaning Chrome Faucets

bonniee818November 10, 2006

We have been drying our faucets alot getting out of the shower since the water isn't the best in the world where we built & using something like comet & wet sponge every now & then to keep them shiny. We also have brushed nickel in some of the bathrooms. What is the best & least abrasive way to keep the chrome faucets looking new? Thanks for your help!


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I live in the land of Super Hard Water. Grew up near here so I know the water and missed it, it tastes better over filtered stuff.

Lime Away is my best friend. I have tried CLR and that BAMM stuff. CLR tries but that Bamm doesn't make a dent.

Use lime away, once you get any build up off, just spray the chrome give it a minute and wipe it off, shines like new.

I also found that Lime Away is the only thing that cleans our glass shower doors and the hard water ring that happens at the water line in the toilets.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2006 at 6:38PM
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thanks for the helpful info, gammyt! Will try it.


    Bookmark   November 11, 2006 at 12:20PM
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Bonnie, after you've cleaned the faucets, spray them with some WD-40 - you'll be amazed at how new they look. Keeps the water from spotting them so much too. Sandy

    Bookmark   November 24, 2006 at 11:22PM
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Thanks Sandy for the tip........will try it!


    Bookmark   November 25, 2006 at 2:51PM
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I had a cleaning lady that used Rubbing Alcohol. It worked great. After I stopped using her, I continued to use the rubbing alcohol. It makes the faucets look like new.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2007 at 1:12PM
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As noted above, consider WD-40.

I would spray it on a clean dry cloth and wipe the metal after the metal has been cleaned and dried. If you spray it on the fixture the smell may be last for too long and become a distraction. A commercial company called ServiceMaster once sold some stuff to hospitals for use on metal. It was remarkably like WD-40 but cost much more.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2007 at 2:09PM
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Bar keepers friend works for me.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2007 at 8:39AM
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I use a chrome polish on mine regularly.Car wax would work.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2007 at 7:31AM
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gel gloss works great. you can by it at HD. just wipe it on and polish it off. sometimes it may take a little elbow grease and a couple of applications to get off some built up hard water, but once it is polished, water will just bead up on it. i also use it on the sinks, the cultured marble counter tops, tubs and shower.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2007 at 11:11PM
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I use to sell amway.We got alot of cleaning tips being in that.Car wax is good for alot more than car,It makes acrylic tub shower units nicew.Your appliances.When I spring and fall clean I wax appliances,tub shower unit.I dont wax the floor of tub though gets slippy.I use the orange bottle,Cant think of name.Liquid.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2007 at 4:50PM
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Lemon pledge. Spray a rag with plenty of pledge and then polish the faucets. After using the shower, rub the faucets with a dry rag. You won't need to reapply pledge often.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2007 at 1:55AM
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Use a dry Miracle Cloth. No cleaner needed.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2007 at 12:05PM
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Another non-chemical way....Dryer sheets. I read it from the Queen of Clean. After I take the clothes out of the dryer I take the used cling free sheet and keeping it dry I wipe down my chrome faucets. They are always shiny and sparkly and I just do a different sink after each load of laundry so it doesn't even seem like an extra chore. My 6 year old now loves to do this and when she sees me taking the clothes out of the dryer she will ask "Mommy, can I polish?" :-)

    Bookmark   September 13, 2007 at 1:17AM
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Micro Fiber cloths work great. I dampen a corner of the cloth, wipe the faucet, then buff it with the dry part of the cloth..comes out very shinny with out the use of chemicals..I also been hearing a lot about dryer sheets.. haven't tried it yet.. sounds like that works as well. Ree

    Bookmark   September 13, 2007 at 6:32AM
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I have real hard well water. I came on this site for help & Boy, you guys are great. Thanks so much for the helpful hints. I'll be visiting this site on a regular basis.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2008 at 12:35PM
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DO NOT use an abrasive cleaner like Comet on chrome or marble bathroom fixtures, I learned that the hard way. Both will scratch beyond repair. Use a soft cleaner, and the alcohol tip does work well on all faucet materials.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2008 at 1:45AM
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