Why do faucet handles and spouts get all "yucky" looking and cloudy?

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Old 11-27-16, 11:02 AM
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Why do faucet handles and spouts get all "yucky" looking and cloudy?

I was just wondering why chrome bathroom faucets and spouts, etc (and even kitchen) seem to always get "cloudy" looking a not stay shiny.

What's the best way to keep them looking shiny?

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Old 11-27-16, 12:37 PM
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Hard water, minerals in the water. Pretty much all you need to do is clean them regularly to prevent the scale from building up. Its when you go weeks between cleaning that it starts to take effort to clean them off. If everyone that uses it leaves it clean for the next person, it's also less of a problem. But people are slobs.
 
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Old 11-27-16, 01:19 PM
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It is amazing how fast the calcium in the water can stick on and cause a chrome faucet to haze. Like X mentioned.... a little wiping after each use will keep it clean.

Actually the same goes for the shower walls. The calcium will build up the same there and just as fast..
 
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Old 11-27-16, 01:21 PM
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Had the water tested to see if the water needs to be treated?
Hard water is hard on the whole plumbing system.
 
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Old 11-27-16, 01:24 PM
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Thanks everyone, that's what I meant really "hazy". They always seem to get hazy, even the sink and kitchen sink to some extent.
 
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Old 11-27-16, 01:49 PM
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Inside the sink it can be soap scum too, from hard water. Doesnt rinse away cleanly. Using a cleanser with chlorine periodically cuts through the scum. (Comet, etc)
 
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May need a softener, we own three homes, all have softeners and none have staining issues.
 
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Waxing them once or twice a year with automotive wax will make them a lot easier to keep shiny.
 
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Something like Turtle Wax Chrome Polish that I put on my wheels?

Great idea, never thought of that.
 
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Old 11-30-16, 07:31 AM
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Limescale?

I may be able to help but it depends what you mean by cloudy... if it's a limescale build up then vinegar is a miracle worker, it eats away at the limescale if you soak a paper towel in it and wrap it around the problem area. Leave it for a good hour or two but make sure you keep checking it as after it's eaten away at the lime scale it could end up eating into the chrome. Hope this helps!
 
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