How to Keep Chrome Faucets From Spotting

Chrome fixtures look modern and sophisticated when they’re clean and sparkling. When they’re covered in hard water spots and soap scum, though, they can make your whole bathroom look grimy and poorly kept.



Removing the spots from your chrome faucets doesn’t require harsh chemicals or strenuous scrubbing, and the sooner you tackle the spots, the easier they are to clean.

Although you can’t completely keep your faucet from spotting unless you install a water softener, by cleaning the faucet regularly you can prevent deposits from building up, so the chrome looks its best at all times.

Step 1. Make a solution of equal parts distilled white vinegar and water. Saturate a clean cloth with the solution. Wrap it around the faucet where you notice spotting. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then remove it. Wipe the area with a dry cloth to remove any residue.

Step 2.  Dip an old toothbrush in the vinegar solution. Scrub the area around the base of the faucet and any other hard-to-reach areas where you notice spotting. This should remove the last of the hard water buildup and soap scum currently visible on your faucet. Dry the area with a clean, dry cloth.

Step 3.  Wipe the faucet dry with a clean cloth after each use. The spots form when splashes and drips dry on the chrome, so if you dry the faucet regularly, you should be able to minimize the amount of buildup that develops on it.

Things You Will Need:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Cloths
  • Toothbrush
  • Mild dish soap


  • Mild glass cleaners also remove scum and spotting from chrome.
  • Don’t clean chrome with harsh abrasives, scrub pads or stiff brushes, as this can damage the finish.

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