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The Little-Known Secret to Shiny Taps

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

The Little-Known Secret to Shiny Taps

Introduction

As a homeowner, one of the most frustrating things is dealing with taps that have become dull, spotted, or crusty. No matter how much you scrub, they never seem to regain their original shine. However, there is a little-known secret that can transform even the grottiest tap back to its former glory.

The Problem

Over time, tap surfaces become coated in limescale and soap scum from the water. This builds up in layers, forming a cloudy film that obscures the metal or chrome underneath. On top of this, everyday use causes small scratches and an overall dulling effect. Grimy taps are not only an eyesore, but can also harbor bacteria if not cleaned properly.

Traditional Cleaning Methods

Most people attempt to clean their taps using household cleaners and scrubbing. However, this is often ineffective at fully removing built-up grime. Abrasive scourers also end up causing even more tiny scratches. Chemical limescale removers can help dissolve some deposits but are messy and smelly. In the end, traditional cleaning leaves taps looking slightly improved at best. The underlying discoloration and tarnishing remains untouched.

The Secret Ingredient – Baking Soda

Baking soda is the little-known secret that can singlehandedly restore taps to a shiny finish. With just baking soda and some water, you can break down stubborn limescale, soap scum, and tarnish.

Why It Works

  • Mildly abrasive – The coarse texture of baking soda provides just enough gentle scrubbing action to lift grime without scratching.

  • Alkaline – Baking soda is alkaline rather than acidic. This helps dissolve mineral deposits from hard water without damaging metal and chrome surfaces.

  • Deodorizing – The baking soda odor neutralizes lingering smells left from built-up gunk.

How To Use It

Making a simple baking soda paste is straightforward:

  • Add 3-4 tablespoons of baking soda to a small bowl
  • Mix in just enough water to form a spreadable paste
  • Apply the paste to taps with a damp sponge or cloth
  • Let it sit for several minutes to allow the baking soda to work
  • Scrub and rinse thoroughly with water

For best results, dry and buff taps with a microfiber cloth after cleaning. The buffing action helps smooth away water spots and restores shine.

Benefits of Baking Soda Tap Cleaning

Compared to conventional cleaning methods, baking soda offers many advantages:

  • All-natural – No harsh chemicals or fumes
  • Non-abrasive – Won’t leave new scratches
  • Cuts through build-up – Dissolves tough limescale deposits
  • Restores shine – Leaves chrome and metal gleaming
  • Deodorizes – Neutralizes stubborn sink odors
  • Safe for seals – Won’t degrade tap washers or O-rings

Baking soda is also extremely cheap compared to specialized tap cleaners.

Before and After Difference

The transformation baking soda can make is amazing. Here are some before and after photos:

Cloudy, limescale-coated kitchen tap before cleaning

Cloudy, limescale-coated kitchen tap before cleaning

Same kitchen tap after baking soda treatment - shiny and clean

Same kitchen tap after baking soda treatment – shiny and clean

As you can see, the tap looks like new again after the baking soda treatment. The secret is out!

Conclusion

Don’t despair over dingy taps covered in limescale gunk and water stains. Baking soda is an inexpensive, non-toxic way to dissolve built-up grime and restore them to a like-new shine. With a bit of elbow grease and this kitchen staple, you can say goodbye to gross-looking taps.

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