Water stains on kitchen sinks and faucets are such a pain to remove especially when they’ve already turned solid hard. Extra effort is needed in order for these irritating stains to be completely removed from your beloved kitchen sinks and faucets. In order to remove them easily, we only need to do several tricks that are very easy to execute. But of course buying a new faucet can also be an alternative solution. You may consider buying one online. Faucet Magazine has detailed reviews for the best kitchen faucets and also has comparison charts for both pull-in or pull-out models.
But if you want to fix yours, follow below steps carefully!
First, we need to know important facts about our enemies – the stains.
One example of kitchen sink stains is hard water. It is pretty obvious to identify hard water as the name directly suggests what it is but it is not that simple. We say hard water stain but it is not really the water that becomes the stain in our sinks and faucet but the deposits contained in the water. When the water dries off, the deposits contained in it are left behind and these are the ones that solidify most of the time such as calcium, lime, and other types of minerals. These hardened minerals are the culprits who leave those brown or white spots in our sink surfaces and also in our bathrooms.
Cleaning water stains
It is somehow easy to remove water stains that plague our kitchen sinks and faucets but it will depend on the severity of the stain. Here, ways on how to clean light spots are given to help you with your water stain problems.
Basically, you can use a vinegar solution to clean these every day hard waters that are mostly found in your kitchen. Vinegar is very cheap so it is the best solution you can provide to these annoying water stains. Here are the steps to make a vinegar solution.
Removing simple water stains
- Prepare a mixture of water and vinegar in a spray bottle by pouring equal amounts of each. You must keep in mind that in order for this trick to work, you must only use regular white vinegar as other types of vinegar won’t have the same effect.
- Find those stains and spray your vinegar solution on the surfaces of your sinks or bathrooms. Spray it across the whole area affected by the stains and make sure to not miss any spots in order for you to not spray it again later.
- Using a towel, wipe the surface where you have applied the solution and you will notice that these stains are easily removed without exerting much effort.
- After removing the stains, you must rinse the surface and make sure that it is completely clean. Then, dry it with a clean cloth making sure that no spot is still wet otherwise it will only lead to more water stains.
- When cleaning your faucets, you must remove the faucet aerators and shower heads and use the vinegar solution on it by completely soaking these parts in it. You can use a brush to remove hardened and stuck deposits that are usually found in between tiny spaces of your faucet heads.
Removing Tougher Stains
These water stains sometimes cannot be removed easily and requires more effort to be exerted. A few simple tricks can be done to save you from doing extra work. Here are the steps:
- Use a vinegar solution and put it in a spray bottle. You can also use a rag and soak it the vinegar solution.
- Spray the vinegar solution on the affected area and spread it evenly along the surface.
- On tough stains, allow the vinegar solution to sit there for a few minutes (5-10 minutes will be enough) instead of wiping it immediately. This will let the vinegar break down the mineral deposits stuck in the surface.
- After a few minutes, wipe the solution off along with the stains in your sink’s surfaces. Use a scrub brush when dealing with thicker stains in order for them to be loosened up before wiping it off.
- If all else fails and the vinegar solution did not work, apply hydrochloric acid to a cleaner (can be a bathroom cleaner) and use it to remove hard water stains and soap deposits. Take note that this chemical can be harmful to your surfaces as it is known to have harsh components. Only use this method as a last resort. When using hydrochloric acid, it is advised to keep the area of work well-ventilated. Also when handling hydrochloric acid, you should wear protective gloves to keep your hands safe from the chemical.
Tips on how to prevent hard water stains
As most people say, prevention is better than cure so it is best to maintain the cleanliness of your kitchen faucet and sink surfaces by preventing the formation of hard water stains. Here are a few ways on how to keep them hardwaterstain-free:
- After every use, it is advised to dry your surfaces with clean cloth following the cleaning. Splashes of water are the main cause of hard water stains so it is definitely recommended to dry these off all the time.
- You have the option to use and apply water softener powder or liquid which are mostly available in hardware stores.
- Installing a water softener system is also an option for those that do not mind spending more for an excellent water system that does not have a large content of hard mineral deposits. This method completely reduces hard water stains and provides a great solution for your kitchen-cleaning problems but definitely costs much higher than using other methods mentioned before.