Eliminating Limescale from Metal-Plated Taps
Avoid using abrasive or acidic cleaning agents. Fixtures that are plated with gold, brass, nickel, or any other metal possess very delicate layered finishes. These can be quickly eroded with corrosive chemicals as well as acidic household cleaners like lemon juice and vinegar. They can also be easily scratched with bristle brushes, steel wool, and other abrasive cleaning cloths. Keep these types of cleaning materials away from plated fixtures.
Remove all moisture with a microfiber cloth on a daily basis. With regular care, you can easily prevent limescale buildup. Keep a microfiber drying cloth or paper towel near the fixture. After each use, or once a day, wipe down the entire fixture to soak up any moisture. This will prevent the hard water from leaving cloudy spots and mineral deposits.
Clean the fixture with hot soapy water and a microfiber cloth. When you want to clean off the fixture, heat up some distilled water. Unlike the water coming out of your faucet, distilled water won’t leave any mineral deposits behind. Add a squirt of mild soap to the hot water and use a soft microfiber cleaning cloth or a soft sponge to gently wipe down the fixture. Then dry it completely with a microfiber cloth.
Avoid applying much pressure when washing and drying the fixture since you might accidentally scratch the finish.
Use a mixture of baking soda and distilled water to remove hard water spots. If you notice some cloudy water spots on the fixture, mix up a solution of 1 tsp (6 g) of baking soda and 1 US tbsp (15 mL) of hot distilled water in a small bowl. Moisten the corner of a sponge or microfiber cloth with this solution and gently dab each water spot. Rinse it off with fresh distilled water to remove the baking soda. Then completely dry the whole fixture.
Spot-test this method on an inconspicuous part of the fixture to make sure it doesn’t damage your fixture’s finish.