How to Clean Faucets and Fixtures

Some Tips from Our Plumbing Company

You’re probably aware that we at Timothy Off are known for our heating and air conditioning services. What you may not know, however, is that we also offer quality plumbing services. One of the many questions we’re asked is, “How do I properly clean my faucets and fixtures?” Here are some tips for the most common metal types:


Most faucets or fixtures are made of chrome, which is a relatively easy material to clean. The most basic way to clean chrome is with warm water and a mild soap, which usually removes dirt and water spots. Then, simply dry with a soft cloth to enhance the shine.

For a deeper clean, mix white vinegar with warm water and apply to your faucets with a cleaning cloth. You can even use an old toothbrush to scrub around the edges.

Copper and Steel

Strangely enough, cola is a great cleaning agent when it comes to copper and stainless steel because of its acidic quality. Simply pour some into a spray bottle and spray your faucet or fixture. Let it sit for a few minutes, rinse, and then gently rub a wet cloth over the area. Use a soft cloth to dry.

Brass and Bronze

Because brass and bronze tarnishes quickly, you may have to clean these faucets or fixtures more often than chrome or stainless steel. A great way to clean them is to create a homemade polish using equal parts vinegar, water, and flour. Wet a clean cloth and dip it into the polish, then gently buff the faucet or fixture so you don’t scratch it. Then, rinse off the polish and dry with a soft cloth.

Note: Some faucets and fixtures have a “living” finish, which means the finish is supposed to look weathered over time as it oxidizes. These should be cleaned with only water.

If you’re experiencing plumbing problems, give us a call right away. We can diagnose your problem and offer our plumbing services to have it fixed in no time.

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