Unsightly hard-water deposits, smudge marks, and calcification are just some of the things you might find on dirty nickel surfaces. Nickel faucets, in particular, can be difficult to maintain and keep polished because they’re often touched and exposed to water. However, if you know what polishers to use and how to use them, maintaining a nickel faucet is less challenging.
Knowing What Cleaners to Avoid
Avoid any abrasive cleaners on your nickel faucets. These cleaners can mar the nickel, which makes polishing the faucet more difficult. In addition, stay away from any type of ammonia- or acid-based cleaners. Even vinegar, a product popularly used for cleaning, can damage nickel.
Removing Stubborn Stains
Step 1 – Make a Paste
Not only can you unclog a sink with baking soda, but also you can polish nickel. To polish nickel surfaces with stubborn stains, mix a paste of baking soda and water. In a mixing bowl, mix equal parts of the ingredients to create a paste.
Step 2 – Apply Paste and Rinse
Then, apply the paste to the nickel area, and allow it to dry. Finally, rinse the paste off with warm water, and buff the nickel with a dry, soft cloth.
Removing Smudge Marks
Disclaimer: Before using any dish soap on your nickel, test a small area, first. Some harsh soaps could damage the nickel.
To remove smudges without damaging the finish, use a soft cloth, dish detergent, and water. Do not use hand soaps, as some of these have a gritty substance in them that could dull the nickel finish. Gently clean the faucet off with the dish detergent and water by using the soft cloth. Then, use a clean, dry cloth to polish the nickel surface.
Removing Hard-Water Stains
Step 1 – Clean the Nickel
To remove hard-water stains on nickel surfaces, use the same method as suggested above for removing smudge marks. After cleaning your faucet surface with detergent and water, rinse the area off with clean water.
Step 2 – Apply Rubbing Alcohol and Dry
Then, apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton pad. Clean the stained nickel surface with the cotton ball. Afterward, rinse the area thoroughly with water. Dry and polish the faucet with a clean, dry cloth.