Having gold-plated taps around the house is a bold decoration statement. However, one of the main disadvantages is that they aren’t as long-lasting as other types of taps. Therefore, you need to ensure that you take good care of them to maintain their shine for longer.
One of the best ways to ensure they remain looking new for a long time is cleaning them. However, because of their delicateness, you can’t clean them like you do other types of taps.
That is because using certain cleaning methods and products will cause corrosion and make it look dull afterward. If you wonder how to clean your gold-plated taps and still maintain the shine properly, this article will help you.
What You Need
- White vinegar
- Clean cloths
Steps for Cleaning Gold-Plated Taps
1. Mix the vinegar and water
To make the best cleaning solution, mix three parts of water and one part of white vinegar. That ensures that the solution removes all the dirt, grime, and stains, while still not being too harsh to remove the topcoat of the taps.
Unlike other cleaning solutions, vinegar is an effective cleaning solution that won’t damage the surfaces of your taps.
You can mix this either in a bucket or a bottle, depending on how you clean the taps. If you need more of the solution, add more products in the same ratio.
2. Soak the taps
Dip your clean cloths in the water-vinegar solution and put them over the taps. Ensure that you cover every part of the tap with the fabric. Let the cloths stay on the tap for around 15 minutes, then wipe off the taps.
Do not use any scrubbing tools over the taps because that could remove the shiny gold top coat of the tap and make it look old and dull. If your fixture still has any dirt or grime on it, repeat the process until they become clean and shiny.
3. Rinse and dry
After you achieve the clean, shiny results that you are happy with, rinse the taps with clean water to remove the vinegar solution on them. Finally, wipe them dry with the towel you have. Wiping off the water ensures that it doesn’t dry on the tap and leave any marks on it.
To ensure that your taps don’t accumulate a lot of scum, dirt, and hard water, you should clean them weekly. That also ensures that the cleaning process remains easy.
You can also take care of the taps by wiping them dry after every time you use them. That way, there won’t be any hard water, scum, dirt or grime build-up.
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