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How to Remove Hard Water Deposits from Your Faucet

The faucet to the bathroom sink has a crusty buildup that makes you want to avoid washing your hands. This is the buildup that results from hard water. It’s a combination of calcium, magnesium, and metals that are left behind.
Plumbing companies in Geneva, IL, will tell you there are two solutions to this unsightly problem that occurs on other faucets, as well as showerheads. One would be to install a water softening system, and the other is easier and less expensive. This would be to use a strong cleaner to remove the scale.

Here’s the simple but effective method we use:

  • Mix up a solution of white vinegar and warm water. Use equal amounts of both. The vinegar acts to break up the deposit.
  • Soak a towel with this solution and wipe. If the deposit is stubborn, wrap the towel around the scaly area and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Wipe it off to see a faucet that’s free of scale.

We want you to remember that this only removes those mineral deposits from the surface. You may find problems with the supply of water through the pipes as these deposits build up inside the pipes. If that is the case, reach out to our plumbing company for a solution.