Going Green: Refinishing Old Bathroom Lighting Fixtures Going Green: Refinishing Old Bathroom Lighting Fixtures
Bathroom lighting fixtures come in all shapes, sizes, styles and materials. Old bathroom lighting fixtures are often brass, chrome or stainless steel. Eventually these fixtures can become caked on with grime, water spots and rust. You can bring bathroom lighting fixtures back to life by refinishing them. This can be done using products that are inexpensive and environmentally safe. The article below will share with you some ways you can accomplish this.
Remember the Details
One of the reasons people love antique bathroom fixtures is because of their lines. They are delicate in nature with smooth, flowing curves and they tell a story of grace and distinction. Cleaning bathroom lighting fixtures that have a lot of details can take a lot of time and, as a result, are sometimes neglected. One of the easy ways you can get in to these small details is by using a soft natural bristle toothbrush. These toothbrushes are very inexpensive and will not damage the lighting fixtures regardless of how hard you scrub.
Baking Soda Paste
Baking soda is a great natural tool that is found in nearly every home in the world. Baking soda is often used to absorb bad smells and help to keep food fresh. What many people do not realize is that baking soda can remove grime, oil and tarnish off of metal. The only way it works is by making a paste from it by mixing white vinegar with the baking soda. Add a few drops of the vinegar to the baking soda until it forms a stiff paste that is spreadable. Once the paste is made just spread it on the bathroom lighting fixtures to be refinished and remove it after an hour or so with water.
For a few cents you can purchase one of the best household cleaners on the market: distilled white vinegar. The qualities found in vinegar eat away at most organic residue like oil from fingers and tarnish caused by exposure to air. You will need to remove the bathroom lighting fixtures before making use of the vinegar because you need to soak the fixture in the vinegar for about an hour and then deactivate the vinegar with cool water.
Ionized Water Bath
In conjunction with vinegar you can also use ionized water. White vinegar will help to remove lime build up, oil, grime and other organic materials. Rust can also appear on bathroom lighting fixtures and this is a byproduct from organic materials not being cleaned from the metal often enough. Rust can be loosened with a sanding block to remove the peaks but the rest of the rust is more difficult to remove. This can be helped along by using ionized water. This is a fancy way of saying salt water. For every cup of water you would add one tablespoon of table salt. Remove the fixture and soak it in the white vinegar first and then in the salted water. The reaction will cause the rust to soften so it can be wiped away or sanded.