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Old 09-02-2010, 08:01 AM
 
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I moved into a new house, and I noticed that the kitchen fauuet (where the water comes out) is caked with a white, opaque material (I assume it's mineral deposits from water). It looks terrible and isn't too appealing. I noticed that one of the shower heads looks the same in the bathroom. Is there any way to get this off without buying a whole new faucet replacement?
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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I have removed them and soaked for several hours in vinegar. Then used a stiff brush on them after soaking with great results.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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You don't even have to remove the aerator on the kitchen faucet. Fill a small glass -- a double shot or a juice glass will do -- with white vinegar. Prop it up on an inverted tall glass, bowl or pitcher so that the aerator is immersed in the vinegar. Leave it overnight.

I don't remove the shower head, either; I pour vinegar into a baggie and tie it around the shower head, and then scrub it with a toothbrush in the morning. Then let the water flow to flush it out a bit. Voila.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:51 AM
 
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I moved into a new house, and I noticed that the kitchen fauuet (where the water comes out) is caked with a white, opaque material (I assume it's mineral deposits from water). It looks terrible and isn't too appealing. I noticed that one of the shower heads looks the same in the bathroom. Is there any way to get this off without buying a whole new faucet replacement?

Soak in white vinegar or CLR

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Old 09-02-2010, 02:45 PM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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also - periodically remove the aerator and run water to let some deposit buildup release. otherwise, it'll keep happening.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:50 PM
 
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also - periodically remove the aerator and run water to let some deposit buildup release. otherwise, it'll keep happening.
How do I remove this--does it twist off? Can someone explain what the aerator is?
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Florida
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How do I remove this--does it twist off? Can someone explain what the aerator is?
The very end of the faucet does twist off and inside is a small screen, which is the aerator. It will catch small any particles that might come through the lines.
It may not come off easily if 'stuck' on by the hardened minerals so you may have to dissolve that first
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:58 PM
 
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Also, if your shower head is gunked up, so will your drains. I do this 1x week---pour about 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, follow with 1-2 cups of white vinegar, wait for it to foam out, then run hot water. It keeps your drains clear.
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Old 09-05-2010, 05:48 AM
 
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Just to add an alternative way for faucets (particularly shower heads) if you fill a baggy with vinegar and use a rubber band to hold it on to th e shower head, you can leave it over nite or at least not have to figure out how to keep the head immersed.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:20 AM
 
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CLR. It is a staple in my house. The white junk is from the hard water. I have a oil rubbed bronze kitchen faucet. My sprayer gets the white build up quickly and it shows quickly. CLR takes it right off. I should buy stock in the stuff.
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