How To Remove Mineral Deposits On Your Sink & Faucet

Hard water can leave behind deposits that make you feel itchy and leave you suffering from dry skin. Even if you have a water softener in your home, you might still notice that your water leaves lime and mineral deposits behind on your plumbing fixtures. Those deposits can resemble a chalky white substance on your sink and faucet. As long as you have a few household ingredients on hand, you don’t need to call a plumber for help.

3 DIY Tips To Remove Mineral Deposits

Use Distilled White Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is a great product that has a number of uses around the home. It can cut through grease built up on your cabinets, make your laundry feel softer and leave glass looking bright and sparkly.

  1. Before you use vinegar on your faucet, clean the faucet with a little cool water and soap.
  2. Scrub the faucet to remove as much of the mineral stains as you can.
  3. Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle, apply an even coating of the vinegar to the faucet
  4. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Wipe the faucet off with a damp cloth to remove any excess vinegar.

Clean With Citrus Juice

Citrus juice works just as well on hard water stains as vinegar. Natural citrus juice has a high acidity that cuts through almost any stain. When cleaning your faucets, always use fresh citrus juice and not the bottled juice that you find in the store.

  1. Cut a lemon or lime in half, and rub the cut side against your faucet.
  2. Depending on the severity of the stains, you might need to scrub the juice onto the surface with a rough sponge.
  3. Remove the citrus juice from the faucet with cool water or a damp cloth.

Cleaning Inside The Faucet

While we suggest that you call one of our professional plumbers to fix a broken toilet, you don’t need to call us to clean the inside of your faucet.

  1. Remove the filter screen and aerator from the faucet, place in a small bowl and cover with vinegar.
  2. Let those components soak for up to an hour as you wipe down the inside of the faucet with more citrus juice or vinegar.
  3. Scrub any remaining deposits off the aerator and filter screen with a toothpick or sponge before placing back in the faucet.

When To Call A Professional Plumber

As you can see, there are several remedies to remove mineral buildup on your sink. If these methods don’t work, contact Ariel Services, Inc. to install a brand new sink. Over the years, the residue may be too deep to remove and a new sink must be installed. Let us check out your sink and provide you with a free estimate.