How to Remove Calcium Buildup on Faucets

Have you noticed a chalky-white buildup on your faucets that just won’t go away? If so, you’re dealing with calcium buildup, also known as limescale. At Reichelt Plumbing, we understand the frustration of dealing with stubborn calcium deposits and the potential problems they can cause. In this guide, we’ll provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to remove calcium buildup from your faucets and keep them clean. Say goodbye to unsightly stains and restore the beauty of your fixtures.

How to Remove Calcium Buildup on Faucets

Step-by-Step Guide to Remove Calcium Buildup

To effectively remove calcium buildup from your faucets, gather the following items:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Soft rags or paper towels
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic bags (sandwich-sized)
  • Sponge or textured cloth
  • Optional: Store-bought cleaner for calcium, lime, and rust*

*If you choose to use store-bought cleaners, make sure to follow the instructions carefully and protect yourself with rubber gloves to avoid direct contact with the chemicals.

Now, let’s dive into the step-by-step process:

  1. Clean the exterior of the faucet with soap and water to remove any surface grime, leaving only the calcium buildup.
  1. Soak soft rags or paper towels in distilled white vinegar.
  1. Wrap the vinegar-soaked rags around the affected areas of the faucet, securing them with rubber bands. Allow them to sit for at least an hour.
  1. Use a wet sponge or cloth to wipe away the vinegar and loosened calcium deposits. For stubborn stains, you can use a magic eraser, melamine sponge, or a store-bought cleaner, following the product’s instructions.
  1. Thoroughly dry the faucet to prevent new buildup. If necessary, repeat the process for severe calcium deposits.

Dealing with Faucet Ends and Aerators

Calcium buildup can also affect the faucet ends and aerators, leading to reduced water flow and uneven water distribution. To tackle this issue:

  1. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and secure it tightly around the faucet end using a rubber band. Ensure that the faucet tip is fully submerged in the vinegar.
  1. Leave the bag in place for an hour or two, allowing the vinegar to penetrate and dissolve the calcium deposits.
  1. Remove the bag and use a sponge, cloth, or magic eraser to wipe away the residue.
  1. Allow the faucet to dry for about an hour before running the water to check the flow.
  1. For persistent water flow issues, it may be necessary to disassemble the faucet and soak the aerator in vinegar before scrubbing it clean.

Preventing Calcium Buildup

While removing calcium buildup is essential, preventing it from occurring in the first place is even better. Here are a few preventive measures:

  • Install a water softener: Consider having a water softener installed to reduce the mineral content in your water. Reichelt Plumbing can assist you in selecting the right water softener for your needs.
  • Regular maintenance: Maintain your water softener properly to ensure its optimal performance in preventing calcium buildup.
  • Prompt repairs: If you notice reduced water flow or suspect a clog due to calcium buildup, don’t hesitate to contact Reichelt Plumbing for professional assistance. Our expert plumbers can inspect and resolve any plumbing issues efficiently.

Contact Reichelt Plumbing for Expert Plumbing Services

At Reichelt Plumbing, we are dedicated to providing top-notch plumbing solutions to our customers. If you need assistance with calcium buildup removal, plumbing repairs, or water softener installation, our experienced team is ready to help. Contact us today by calling (219) 322-4906 to schedule an appointment. Let us handle your plumbing needs with professionalism and efficiency.


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