Know Your Finishes: How to Clean Your Faucet

Picture your brand new kitchen with a gorgeous matte black faucet. But after a few uses, you can tell it’s ready for a clean up. A clean faucet sets the mood of your kitchen or bathroom and can make all the difference in the appearance of your home. Leave it unclean for too long, and gunk and grime can build up, damaging the finish and dulling your entire space. Maintain your faucets by regularly cleaning them to keep your space looking bright and new for years to come! But before you bust out the bleach, make sure you know what’s safe to use and what to avoid.


Know Your Finishes

Check with your manufacturer to find out the finish of your faucet and the best way to clean it. Certain chemicals and cleaning tools can scratch or dull finishes.

Many sink & shower fixtures can now be manufactured with antimicrobial technology built in to keep your faucets hygienic between cleanings. However, if improperly maintained, this coating can be damaged by harsh cleaners or abrasive brushes.

Things To Avoid

Industrial and abrasive cleaners, bleach-based cleaners, anything labeled “all-purpose bathroom cleaner”, heavy duty scrub sponges, rough cloths & brushes. These products can permanently damage the beautiful finish of your faucet and best to avoid them at all costs.

Safe Solutions

So, what is safe to use on your faucet? Simple dish soap and water is a good place to start. Use a soft, soapy cloth to gently wipe down the surface and rinse well. Dry with a separate cloth and buff until it shines.

If your faucet still looks dull or dirty, try using a mixture of white vinegar/water. Simply dip a soft cloth into the mixture and spot clean.

Hard water stains or lime and calcium buildup can be difficult or impossible to remove with a cloth, especially if left to accumulate. Try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and baking soda. Simply wet the toothbrush, dip into baking soda, and scrub gently. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry with a soft cloth. Make sure you check with your manufacturer beforehand, but this method is safe for most finishes.

Chemical cleaners like Formula 409® Antibacterial All-Purpose Cleaner, Fantastik® All-Purpose Cleaner, Windex® Original Glass Cleaner are also great products to use on most faucets, but again, check with your manufacturer for a full list of approved cleaners.

Ask For Advice

If you are ever unsure if a cleaning product is safe, always ask the manufacturer before trying it. Your Interior Designer can also assist you in finding the right cleaning techniques for your particular faucet.


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