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How To Protect Bathroom Fixtures From Hard Water Spots

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Bathroom fixtures add a sophisticated flair to your bathroom. However, they are susceptible to tarnishing and you may be wondering how to keep them looking velvety smooth and with no hard water spots.

It is important to note that as water gets into our homes through city systems, most of it is exposed to mineral content such as limestone, chalk, calcium, magnesium carbonates, sulfates etc. making the water ‘hard’.

Hard water is not considered bad for your health, but it causes scale buildup on your fixtures making them lack lustre.You can also tell that you have hard water by:

  • Lack of foam when you use soap or shampoo and water. This makes you use a lot of product.
  • The skin not feeling ‘clean’ after bathing as a film remains, leaving skin feeling dry.
  • Spotty tins, cans, contaners, surfaces e.t.c even after washing.
  • Clothes not rinsing well and can become greyish after a few washes.

How Hard Water Forms Spots On Bathroom Fixtures

When hard water comes into contact with your fixtures especially during washing or because of a splash, and the water droplets are not cleaned immediately, the water sits on the surface until it evaporates.

Mineral deposts are left behind and they build up over time and become even harder to remove. These deposits are called scale. In pipes and plumbing lines, they can also cause clogs.

Scale buildup spots your fixtures and can look powdery white or  ‘rust’ like. It can build up on tile, bathtubs, faucets, fixtures and appliances.

How to Protect Bathroom Fixtures From Hard Water Spots

How To Protect Bathroom Fixtures From Hard Water Spots

1. Clean your Fixtures Regularly

The easiest way to keep your fixtures polished is to clean them regularly. A weekly clean is a must to ensure scale is not left to built up on a fixture until it becomes very difficult to clean.

Without regular cleaning more extreme build ups can cause permanent damage.

2. Wipe your Fixtures after every Wash

Do not let water sit on your bathroom fixtures so that deposits accumulate when hard water evaporates. Therefore, after every use, you want to completely dry the area, fixtures, appliances e.t.c with a dry towel.

3. Remove Scale Buildup with White Vinegar or CLR

If scale had already built up on your bathrooom fixtures have already, you want to remove them before they become damaging.

To clean hard water stains from bathroom fixtures:

a) Use diluted white vinegar to remove scale from fixtures.

Mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water in a spray bottle then routinely clean off any white droplet spots left on the surface. Remember to always use a soft microfiber cloth when cleaning with this solution.


Since vinegar is acidic and can erode your finishes over time, especially fragile finishes like matte black, always use it diluted.

Plus, test it in an inconspicuous place before spraying or soaking the entire fixture. Soak in 15 minute intervals, and rinse the fixture thoroughly when finished). 

b) Use a CLR cleaner.

For faucets and fixtures with scale built-up already, a cleaner such as CLR, (calcium, lime and rust remover), can also help remove it.

Let the solution sit on the fixture shortly then scrub with a soft brush or microfiber cloth so as not to scratch the finish, but with effort you should have success.

NOTE: Because long exposure to cleaners like diluted vinegar or CLR may damage the finish, we recommend regular cleaning to prevent build up so you don’t have to remove later.

FAQ: How to Clean Matte Black Fixtures