Chrome Taps: How to restore them and keep them looking their best.

Updated: August 22, 2023

When it comes to choosing taps for your bathroom or kitchen, there are plenty of options available in the market. However, chrome taps continue to be one of the most popular choices for homeowners due to their durability, affordability, and sleek appearance. In this blog post, we’ll explore why chrome taps are so popular and then how to clean them, restore them and keep them looking their best.

Why are Chrome Taps So Popular?

PlumbHQ Chrome Tap in bathroom setting with green foliage

One of the main reasons is their sleek and modern appearance. The chrome finish gives the taps a shiny, reflective look that can complement a wide range of decor styles, from traditional to contemporary. The Chrome finish, which is a type of metal plating that is applied to the surface of the tap, also provides a protective layer that makes the tap resistant to corrosion, tarnishing, and wear and tear. This means that chrome taps are durable and long-lasting, making them a great investment for your home.

In addition to their durability, chrome taps are also very easy to clean. All you need is a soft cloth and some mild soap or a mixture of vinegar and water. Simply wipe down the tap with the cloth and cleaning solution, and then rinse with water.

What causes damage to Chrome Taps?

Chrome taps can be damaged or discoloured due to several factors. One of the main causes of damage to chrome taps is prolonged exposure to hard water, which contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium that can build up on the surface of the tap over time and cause discolouration or scaling. But there are plenty of other minerals in water that can damage the chrome plating and cause discolouration.

Another cause of damage to chrome taps is exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals or abrasive cleaning tools, such as steel wool or scouring pads. These can scratch the surface of the chrome, piercing the protective layer and cause permanent damage or discolouration.

It's important to note that proper care and maintenance can help prevent damage to chrome taps. Regular cleaning with mild soap and water, and avoiding harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning tools, can help preserve the finish and prolong the life of the tap.

How to Restore Chrome Taps?

If your in the position where your chrome tap has lost its shine or become dull or discoloured, don't worry, there are several ways to restore the shine to your chrome taps.

One of the easiest ways to restore chrome taps is to use a commercial chrome cleaner. These cleaners are specifically designed to remove all bits of grime, dirt and other stains and residues from chrome surfaces. Simply apply the cleaner to the tap using a soft cloth, and then once dry, buff the surface until it shines.

If you prefer a home made solution, you can use a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and water to create a paste which will help you remove stubborn stains without scratching the tap:

  1. Mix in equal parts Vinegar and Water. Soak a cloth or kitchen towel in this mixture and carefully wipe your taps down.
  2. Using a toothbrush and baking soda, target areas with stubborn stains or corners and joints.
  3. Cover the tap in the soaked cloths and wait 10-15 mins for the stains to loosen up. You can use a rubber band here to keep the cloths tight against the tap whilst you are waiting.
  4. Then scrub them again with the baking soda and toothbrush.
  5. Finally, rinse the tap using clean water and then wipe dry using a dry cloth.

What if this isn't working?

In some cases, chrome taps may have scratches or other damage that cannot be removed with a cleaner or paste. In this case, you may need to consider replacing the tap.

Here at PlumbHQ we offer a wide range of stylish chrome taps crafted from high-quality materials and a luxurious polished chrome finish. You can check them out.

PlumbHQ Chrome tap in bathroom setting with green tiles

Frequently Asked Questions

Chrome taps are popular for several reasons: - Their sleek and modern appearance. - The shiny, reflective chrome finish that complements various decor styles. - Chrome finish provides protection against corrosion, tarnishing, and wear. - Durability and long-lasting nature make them a worthwhile investment. Cleaning chrome taps is easy – just use a soft cloth and mild soap or a vinegar-water mixture.

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