Hard water can ruin your bathroom fixtures leaving white, crusty calcium deposits that turn the fixtures cloudy and dull. This damage can be reversed, making the fixtures look brand new. The process below should be used regularly to prevent the calcium build up that causes excessive damage.
Step 1 - Deep Clean Fixtures
Among the most effective ways to remove calcium build up from fixtures is quite inexpensive. White vinegar is sold in supermarkets and corner stores and is inexpensive. Dilute the vinegar in water using 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar.
Apply the solution with a soft cloth to eliminate any loose calcium residue and dirt. Then rinse the cloth and soak it in more vinegar. Place the soaking cloth around the fixture, making sure that any areas with calcium deposits are covered. Leave the cloth in place for 15 minutes.
Step 2 - Soak Any Removable Parts
Some parts of the bathroom fixtures can be removed to make cleaning easier, such as aerators on taps and shower heads. Dismantle the parts as much as possible for the best cleaning results. Place these parts into a container filled with the same vinegar solution and leave them to soak for 15 minutes.
Step 3 - Scrub the Fixtures
After removing the cloth, the calcium deposits should be much softer due to the acid in the vinegar. Use the soft bristled brush or old toothbrush to scrub the calcium away. If there has been a large build up of calcium, it may be necessary to soak the cloth again and apply it for a little longer. For any really stubborn areas you can dip the brush into vinegar before scrubbing. Pay special attention to small crevices and areas that may only be exposed when the taps are running.
Step 4 - Scrub the Removable Parts
Take all of the parts out of the vinegar solution and scrub them thoroughly with the brush. Rinse them in cold water. Finally, use a clean, dry cloth to dry the fixtures to a nice, clean shine.
Regular cleaning is the key to preventing calcium build up on the fixtures. Keep a spray bottle with the vinegar solution in the bathroom and use it to keep the fixtures and surfaces clear of grime. Lemon juice may be used as an alternative to white vinegar.