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.
- Before you use vinegar on your faucet, clean the faucet with a little cool water and soap.
- Scrub the faucet to remove as much of the mineral stains as you can.
- Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle, apply an even coating of the vinegar to the faucet
- Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
- 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.
- Cut a lemon or lime in half, and rub the cut side against your faucet.
- Depending on the severity of the stains, you might need to scrub the juice onto the surface with a rough sponge.
- 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.
- Remove the filter screen and aerator from the faucet, place in a small bowl and cover with vinegar.
- Let those components soak for up to an hour as you wipe down the inside of the faucet with more citrus juice or vinegar.
- 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.