Removing Rust Stains/Black spots from Chrome Faucets

While most people can spot chrome when it's right in front of them, few people know what chrome really is. When something is chrome, it's never solid chrome. Instead, it has a thin layer of chrome plating or a coat of chrome on its exterior. Chrome is an appropriate option for faucets in kitchens and bathrooms because it gives the rooms a sleek, modern appearance. It can stain somewhat easily, however, bearing black marks from water stains or mineral deposits. Luckily, you don't have to live with those stains.

Shiny chrome faucets lose their appeal if they become speckled with rust stains. The stains may come from small scratches in the chrome exterior or from iron present in the water. Prompt removal doesn't just improve the look of the faucet, it prevents further rusting and permanent damage to the fixture. Abrasive cleaners and pads can scratch chrome, which only results in more rust problems. Removing the rust properly preserves the chrome and makes it shine.

Dust particles or pollutants in the air (like sulphur and similar compounds) combined with humidity gets seated on Chrome Surface and with passage of time get stubborn, if not cleaned or touched by hands frequently. Such spots are predominantly noticed on faucets, which, are closer to exhaust of a moisture ridden bathroom or are in area of a bathroom where moisture concentration is heavy or are in damp corners of a bathroom, where it remains out of reach most of the time or are not used very frequently (hands used to operate keep on rubbing off deposition).

Sometime, it's due to verdigris (copper carbonate) that's come through the chrome from the underlying brass.

In all above cases, normally if surface of faucet is cleaned:

a. with the help of distilled water & a soft rug

b. with the help of little lemon juice on a cloth,

then the deposition get neutralised and black spots are removed.

If such rust like black spots are stubborn and distilled water & lemon juice is unable to remove it, you can try out any of the following methods:

Method 1. Add Acetone (do NOT use fingernail polish remover - use 100%) to distilled water and clean the surface using a soft rag.

Method 2: involving following steps:-

Step 1: Add just a few, tiny grains of baking soda to about 20-mL (about 2 tablespoons) of distilled water and dissolve. Soak the soft rag in the solution and apply on chrome surface all over and leave it for about an hour. Make sure all of the spots are covered by the solution.

Step 2: Rinse with fresh distilled water and pat dry with a soft towel (do not rub).

Step 3: Apply a high-grade acetone (do NOT use fingernail polish remover) for about 5 minutes on the chrome surface (This will dehydrate the verdigris. Water is a key component in verdigris formation and growth.)

Step 4: Allow it to air dry for about a minute. Acetone evaporates QUICKLY and your spot free sparkling faucet is ready to use again.

Step 4: Allow it to air dry for about a minute. Acetone evaporates QUICKLY and your spot free sparkling faucet is ready to use again.

Method 3: involving following steps:-

Step 1: Combine borax and lemon juice in a bowl to make a paste. The paste should be thick enough that it will stay put on your chrome faucet or fixtures.

Step 2: Apply the paste to the stains and let sit for several minutes. Use a damp cloth to wipe off the paste.

Step 3: Wet a cloth with distilled water and wipe down the chrome. Use another dry cloth to thoroughly dry the chrome.

Step 4: Inspect the fixtures for residual spots. Repeat Steps 2 and 3, if necessary.

Method 4:

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • Small bowl
  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • Spoon
  • Paper towel
  • Lint-free cloth

i. Pour 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar into a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup of distilled water to the bowl.

ii. Mix the two substances together thoroughly. Soak a paper towel in the mixture until it is saturated.

iii. Wrap the wet paper towel around the chrome faucet. Leave it in place about 20 minutes.

iv. Remove the paper towel, and buff the chrome faucet dry with a lint-free cloth.

Method 4:

Chrome is a hard, shiny metal derived from the element chromium. You can most often find in the form of chrome plating, whereby the metal is moulded for surfaces like motorcycles and tire rims. Certain chemicals can cause chrome to rust and certain cleaning surfaces can cause it to scratch. If you wish to take on the task of removing stains and rust, use an effective but cautious approach to maintain the quality of your chrome.

Things You'll Need

  • Chrome cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  • Steel wool
  • Aluminium foil
  • Chrome polish

i. Rinse the chrome surface with a damp sponge or cloth to remove the surface dust and dirt. When preparing to scrub rust and other stains on chrome, always remove the general dirt accumulation first, so you can focus entirely on the stain without spreading dirt around.

ii. Spray the chrome surface with liquid chrome cleaner. You can find chrome cleaners at automotive supply stores, and some home improvement and hardware stores. After allowing the liquid to soften the stain for a minute or two, buff the surface with a soft cloth. In some cases, this alone may do the trick.

iii. Scrub the stain with a piece of high, very fine grade steel wool. Fine grade steel wools include #00 and #000. Fine steel wool does not scratch chrome and you can use it dry or dampened with water. Since chrome is non-porous, stains cannot penetrate beneath the surface, so with enough force, you can remove the entire stain.

iv. Dampen a piece of aluminium foil with water on the shiny side. Scrub the stain using the foil. This method can remove even difficult rust stains, because the foil reacts chemically with the chrome and leaves behind the appearance of a bright polish. Aluminium foil does not scratch chrome surfaces.

v. Buff the entire chrome surface with a chrome polish, which is sold in automotive supply stores. If you used aluminium foil on your chrome surface, you may not need a polish, but if you simply removed the stain and the chrome appears dull, a good polish can restore its shine. Apply the polish to a soft cloth and wipe down the entire surface.