These cleaners can damage your faucet finish

If you’ve invested good money in your home faucets, don’t throw that money down the drain by damaging them with abusive cleaners.

You should not use industrial cleaners, abrasive cleaners or “scrubbing” sponges on your faucets as they can damage the finish. Examples of cleaners you should not use are Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner, Soft Scrub, tile cleaner, Lyson Basin Tub and Scotch-Brite heavy duty scrubbing sponges.

The damaging chemicals in those products include bleach, hydrofluoric, hydrochloric and phosphoric acids and other caustic chemicals. While those cleaners may be appropriate for cleaning counters, tile or other bathroom surfaces they can damage the decorative finishes on your faucets.

How to clean a faucet finish

To clean your faucet, start with a non-abrasive sponge damp with warm water. That should remove most water spots. If you have hard water stains, use a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water. You can let the solution sit on the surface for a few minutes to work on the mineral deposits. Thoroughly rinse with water.

Some general household cleaners are also fine to use on your faucets. Cleaners such as Formula 409, Fantastik and Windex work well to clean grime and water spots off of faucets.

Related: How to clean mineral deposits on a faucet, How to take care of bronze faucets


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