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How to Clean Bath Fixtures

by C.M. Mackenzie

Brass bathroom faucet

Things You Need:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Cleaning spray
  • Soft sponges
  • Water
  • Microfiber cloths

Bath fixtures get dingy easily from soap scum and hard water deposits. Most bathroom faucets are made of brass, chrome or stainless steel. Soap scum and minerals collect and build on metal, greatly reducing faucets' shine. This can make a whole bathroom look dirty even if it isn't. Cleaning bathroom faucets takes some time; however, if you do it frequently enough, you'll find that scum and debris have little time to build up. Below, you'll learn how to clean bath fixtures.

Cleaning Bathroom Fixtures:

  1. Don a pair of household rubber gloves. Spray the faucets with a spray-on soap scum remover. Before using a product, make sure it is safe for use on your fixture's materials. For instance, if your bath fixtures are brass, use a product safe for brass.

  2. Scrub the base. Wet a sponge and scrub around the base of the faucet. Dirt and soap tend to collect here and will eventually corrode the metal if not cleaned off. If you haven't cleaned around the faucet for a while, use an abrasive pad to scrub the grime off around the base.

  3. Use a sponge. Dampen a sponge and scrub the faucet and the faucet handles.

  4. Rinse the sponge. Rinse out the sponge and wipe it over the fixture. Use it to wipe off all remaining cleaner.

  5. Dry the fixture with clean microfiber cloths. Buff the faucet with the cloths until they are shiny. For extra sparkle, use a metal polish on the fixture after cleaning. Simply apply the polish to a clean cloth and rub the product into the metal faucet.

Cleaning Tips:

  1. Wipe down fixtures with a dry towel after every use; this prevents water spots and mineral build up.

  2. For stainless steel or chrome fixtures, you can use vinegar and water for cleaning instead of commercial products. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and vinegar and use it as you would a commercial cleaner.

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