Removing Water Stains from a Chrome Kitchen Faucet

A kitchen sink.

If your sink is equipped with a kitchen chrome faucet, you already know that it quickly attracts water spots. However, with a little bit of knowledge, a few easy steps, and some elbow grease, keeping your kitchen chrome faucet looking good can be a breeze.

Before Getting Starting

You should always take the time to check or inquire with the manufacturer of the kitchen chrome faucet before you start to apply any store-bought products or home remedies. It is possible that the manufacturer may have another solution for you that is easy to follow.

Using Store Products

While there are a number of store-bought solutions and products to choose from that can clean a kitchen chrome faucet, there are less expensive ways, too. You can use products and ingredients that are already in your kitchen pantry that will do the same thing without the expense.

Step 1 - Use Damp Paper Towels

The first step to removing water stains from your kitchen chrome faucet is to dampen a paper towel with warm water. Next, add a drop of mild liquid soap detergent to the paper towel, but not too much. Rub the wet paper towel over the entire faucet, making sure to concentrate on the water stained areas.

Step 2 - Rinse Away Debris

After applying the mixture of the water and liquid soap from the paper towel, use a cool rinse to wash off the soapy solution. Make sure all of the soapy residue has been thoroughly removed or water stains will still appear.

Step 3 - Buff Away Spots

Once you have soaped, scrubbed, and rinsed away the residue, use a soft, clean terry cloth towel to dry the faucet. Be sure the entire faucet is dry and then use the other side of the terry cloth that isn’t damp or grab a new one to buff the faucet. Check for lingering water stains and soap spots; if either still appears, repeat the process.

Step 4 - Use Vinegar for Shine

If your kitchen chrome faucet is free from water stains, it’s time for the next step. Using white vinegar, soak a clean paper towel and place it directly on the faucet. Allow the soaked paper towel to sit for at least 10 minutes before removing.

Step 5 - Do More Rinsing

Remove the vinegar and water paper towel and rinse the faucet with cool water.

Step 6 - Do a Final Buffing

Use another clean, dry terry cloth to buff the faucet until it shines. If you like, you can add a few drops of baby oil onto a clean cloth and rub over the faucet. The baby oil, as well as the vinegar, will keep water stains and soap spots from forming on your kitchen chrome faucet in the future.

A Daily Routine

If you can get yourself into the daily routine of using vinegar to remove set on water and soap stains, your chrome should shine regularly. While you don’t always need to add the baby oil, it can help in keeping the faucet clean and water stain free for many weeks. If you prefer, you can also use a clean terry cloth towel or dish rag after the day’s final use of the faucet to keep it shining.