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What do I use to get water stains (not lime build-up) off tub faucets and shower head?
By Joyce from Beloit, WI
CLR or vinegar
My mom always used rubbing alchohol.
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We have these spots on our chrome fixtures in our bathtub/shower. It's impossible to remove. Any recommendations out there?
Eric from Houston, TX
We have very hard water and this was a problem as well. I ruined my kitchen faucet trying to scrub it off, but have since found an easy solution. For light spots and regular cleaning mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray the area and let sit for 5 -10 minutes. Then wipe with a soft cloth and repeat as necessary. When spots are gone make sure you rinse off the vinegar well.
If you have a heavy build up, then cover the area with paper towels and saturate them with full strength vinegar. About every 5-10 minutes give it a little rub and reapply vinegar as needed. I do this while I'm doing my weekly cleaning. It also works on dish drainers, sinks, and tubs. Do not use harsh chemicals on chrome because it will eat the finish, and always rinse off the vinegar well when you are done. (06/11/2007)
After you clean them give them a rub with mineral oil leaving a light layer on them. Mineral Oil is available in most drug stores. It helps keep the spots off the chrome. (06/12/2007)
I use lemon oil furniture oil. It works great on soap scum and hard water. I use it on the shower doors and it takes the soap scum off in one wipe. Hope this helps. (06/12/2007)
I love Bar Keepers Friend and have been using it for 15 years, but that's what I ruined my kitchen faucet with. Maybe because I have such hard water I just used too much, for too long. (06/13/2007)
Rubbing alcohol is pretty good for removing spots on all kinds of metal. Pour some on a cloth and wipe. My parents used it for everything, even washing the car (we had the shiniest car in the neighborhood!). (06/15/2007)
I learned on another site you can use aluminum foil "dry" (wrap it around tip of finger and apply medium pressure. It totally works. Nothing else worked and it didn't scratch at all.
You do need to be careful of the surrounding services like fiberglass or grout that might want to absorb the mineral deposits that used to be on your fixture. This generally happens when the fixture isn't absolutely dry when you use the aluminum foil. It seems water dribbles out of crevices of faucet or shower fixtures. Plus it's possible that the foil might scratch the fiberglass. It works on the chrome, just be careful of other surfaces. (09/05/2008)