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The holidays are over, the guests have all returned to their homes. Now let’s get that sparkle back into your kitchen and bathrooms safely and effectively.
If you’ve replaced your bathroom or kitchen fixtures in the past 10 years or so, cleaning them is VERY different from how we used to clean them. Buckle up while we go through the facts, the myths and the “what ifs” of making your fixtures sparkle like new again.
When my research began, all that was mentioned was vinegar, vinegar, vinegar. Then, after reading several manufacturers’ sites, it is confirmed that vinegar is, in fact, a corrosive. If you are trying to get rid of crusty, white mineral deposits, vinegar may be fine. However, for day-to-day cleaning, it seems best to just use a mild dish detergent and warm water, then towel dry. Grohe’s website actually tells us NOT to use vinegar on their products. Recommended by most manufacturers as an easy way to keep water spots at bay is simply wiping faucets and fixtures with a soft cloth after use.
It is suggested by Reader’s Digest that a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice can bring brass fixtures back to their original luster (unless, of course, you are trying to achieve that natural patina look.)Soaking fixtures in vinegar-soaked paper towels might be a great way to get rid of mineral deposits. You may also try a paste of baking soda and water if the deposits are stubborn. However, even if stains persist, try to avoid abrasive cleaners, bleach-based cleaners and products that contain hydrochloric acid, formic acid, chlorine pale lye or acetic acid.
According to a blog at joyfulhomemaking.com, cutting a lemon in half and scrubbing the chrome with the inside of the lemon, then rinsing will make your chrome fixtures sparkle. Though the safety of this method on your product is uncertain, as mentioned above, being proactive with your cleaning by wiping your fixtures dry after each use can extend the life of each faucet and fixture in your home.
Another suggestion from a Houzz blog is to use a liquid car wax or Pledge to help keep water spots away. Rub or spray onto fixtures about once a week and watch the water bead up just like it does on an automobile. Remember to always check your manufacturer’s manual to verify safety of these cleaners on your particular product. Also recommended from site to site is a product called Flitz. You may want to check it out…
So after all these tips, wouldn’t it be best to just buy whichever faucet finish best hides water marks and fingerprints? After much back and forth discussion on polished chrome vs. brushed nickel, I think it is best said that the bottom line is to get what you prefer aesthetically. There are justifiable arguments for each finish and really what it comes down to is what makes you happy.
I’ll leave you with some down and dirty cleaning tips that are taken from the Moen website on maintenance of their products. First, for that stinky garbage disposal. Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and a few ice cubes down the disposal. Turn on disposal with hot water running. Say goodbye to that old smell and enjoy a bit of freshness.
The second tip is for your shower drains: Pour a ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup white vinegar down your shower drain. Let foam and then run hot water. This is as much a weekly maintenance routine as it is a cleaning tip.
And lastly (and this is my favorite) for smudges and fingerprints on stainless steel surfaces around your home, use a bit of olive oil on a soft cloth and rub out those annoying smudges! This is safer and a bit less expensive than the cleaners sold for your stainless steel.
If you’ve tried any of these methods with success or without, please feel free to contact us. We’d love to hear from you. Join us in a couple of weeks for safe methods on how to clean your tubs, sinks, and toilets. Happy Cleaning!