You have probably seen the posts about cleaning the hard water residue from your shower head by soaking it in vinegar. As part 5 in our Spring Cleaning Series, I decided to put it to the test.
When we bought our home, one of the first things we did was switch all the plumbing fixtures to oil rubbed bronze. We just love the look and think it really compliments the feel of an old home. What we didn't know at the time is that oil rubbed bronze is a terrible idea in a home with well water. Our water is amazing, it tastes better than any other water I have ever tasted, and it is full of minerals. While my body appreciates it, my plumbing fixtures could really do without.
Take this faucet for example, I love this faucet.
The minerals love it too.
So I decided it was time to try soaking it in vinegar. (All I had on hand was apple cider vinegar, hence the color)
With this unique shape I had to
get a little creative, but after soaking over night and gently scrubbing in the morning,
this was the result. I could not have been more thrilled. I have been trying everything I could think of for years now. So it was time to see what else this could do.
On to the showerhead. As you can see this one is also a total mess.
So the next night I soaked this one.
I was concerned that the buildup that had come off inside the showerhead would end up clogging the holes so when I removed the bag I turned the water as hot as it would go and ran it for awhile. So much more junk came out, it was definitely the right way to go.
Again it worked perfectly!
So this is the final faucet in the bathroom. It is also the biggest mess, and the most awkward. I stared at it for days trying to decide how I could bag it so that it could soak overnight. I finally decided to try something different. I filled a squirt bottle with vinegar and sprayed it down really well. I did this every 5-10 minutes for an hour or two then started scrubbing.
As you can see the calcium came off, but so did the finish. Turns out this particular "oil rubbed bronze" is really more of a coating. Truth be told the finish was already in bad shape but now it's much worse. I have some ideas about how to fix it. If I figure out something that works there will definitely be a follow up post. :-)
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