When calcium deposits begin to build on the outside of your faucet, it can make any sleek and sophisticated kitchen look old and worn.
Getting rid of these deposits does not need to be frustrating; read on to discover how to remove calcium deposits from faucets.
Why Is There Calcium Build Up On My Faucet? (Causes Explained)
Calcium build-up is due to the minerals and calcium salts gathered in the water during its journey to your home building up over time. As water makes its journey from rain to tap water, it soaks through the soil and rivers until it is processed and sent to your home.
These minerals and deposits catch on the internal plumbing and aerator, as well as other parts of your plumbing. Calcium build-up on faucets is a natural process but not the best-looking one. However, it is easy enough to remove once you know how.
Bad Effects Of Calcium Build Up On Your Fixtures And Plumbing
There are no serious effects from drinking or using hard water regularly. In terms of physical conditions, especially hard water can aggravate eczema or other skin conditions. In terms of your home, hard water can react with your soaps and detergents to create soap scum, spotty marks on dishes, and rust stains.
The minerals and deposits in hard water can also reduce your dishwasher and washing machines. As limescale builds up in your pipes, it can increase detergent residue on your clothes or reduce water pressure and flow. If left untreated, hard water can lead to pipe corrosion, which can be expensive and time-consuming to deal with.
3 Ways To Eliminate Calcium Build Up On Faucets
Removing with Chemicals
- 1Put on your protective gear.
- 2Air out the space.
- 3Remove the aerator by twisting counterclockwise. You may need to wrap your pliers in cloth to turn if it’s stiff to avoid scratching the finish.
- 4Please keep track of each of the pieces and the order that they appear.
- 5Soak the pieces in your chemical of choice, following the label carefully regarding dilution, amount, and soaking time.
- 6Fix a plastic bag of the same solution to your faucet opening with rubber bands, ensuring that the solution will not damage the faucet’s finish.
- 7Once the soaking time is done, scrub the pieces and faucet opening gently with a toothbrush or sponge and rinse thoroughly.
- 8Reconnect the pieces in the correct order to the fixture.
Removing with Lime
- 1Put your gloves and goggles on and air out the room.
- 2Wipe the lemon or lime wedge over the affected areas and leave for a few minutes. This works best for copper, chrome, and brass fixtures.
- 3Remove the aerator by twisting counterclockwise, wrapping pliers in a clean cloth to help if necessary.
- 4Soak parts and opening for a few minutes as above.
- 5Once done, scrub if necessary and rinse.
- 6Wipe the fixtures dry.
- 7Test to ensure that the water pressure has improved and that the build-up has been removed.
- 8Repeat the process if necessary.
Removing With Vinegar
- 1Put on your protective gear and ventilate the space.
- 2Remove the aerator as above, wrapping the pliers in a cloth to loosen if necessary.
- 3Remove the necessary internal parts, putting them in order of appearance to ensure reassembly is easy.
- 4Dilute the vinegar with water 1:1 and put some in a plastic bag and small bowl. Put the parts in the bowl and attached the bag to the faucet opening with rubber bands.
- 5Leave for half an hour to soak.
- 6Remove and rinse parts thoroughly, scrubbing with a sponge or toothbrush if necessary.
- 7Reassemble the aerator parts.
- 8Test to ensure everything works.
- 9Repeat if necessary.
How To Prevent Calcium Build Up On Faucets
Now that your faucets are clean, you need to know how to prevent calcium build-up on taps in the future. The two most effective ways to do that are to install a water filtration system and water softener system.
These will require a professional’s help to install effectively. Installing these systems will help you tackle the hard water directly to decrease the chances of a build-up happening in the future.
With regular cleaning and maintenance, you can ensure that those systems keep your plumbing in top condition for years to come. We recommend treating your faucets with the steps above every couple of months to keep them in top condition and eliminate the need to purchase a new faucet.
People also Ask (FAQs)
What color is calcium build-up?
Calcium build-up typically looks like a white or grey powdery substance that often crumbles to the touch. The color difference depends on the types of minerals and calcium deposits in your area.
Does WD 40 remove calcium deposits?
WD-40 can remove calcium deposits from your faucets. Soak the parts as above in WD-40 for a few minutes before scrubbing and rinsing them. This method works best for toilets affected by limescale build-up.
Does coke remove limescale?
Surprisingly, coke can remove limescale. Take apart your faucets as above and soak them in a bowl of coke for a few minutes before scrubbing and rinsing them thoroughly and reassembling.
Knowing how to clean calcium deposits from kitchen faucets is easy when you know how. You will find the best way to remove calcium deposits from kitchen faucets by testing various methods and seeing which works for you.
Holly Curell is the editor extraordinaire for Plumbing Lab. Having grown up in Michigan, Holly has spent time living in New York, Virginia, & currently North Carolina, where she lives with her husband & family. Holly loves DIY & has years of experience with at-home plumbing problems that arise from having 3 kids & living in colder climates. When she’s not writing about her plumbing knowledge, Holly enjoys reading, hiking & relaxing with family.