LifestyleSay goodbye to tarnished faucets: surprisingly easy DIY fix using common household items

Say goodbye to tarnished faucets: surprisingly easy DIY fix using common household items

All it takes is a cheap agent to make the sink shine.
All it takes is a cheap agent to make the sink shine.
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9:44 AM EST, January 28, 2024, updated: 4:45 AM EST, March 7, 2024

Contending with mineral deposits in a bathroom can be hugely frustrating. Even though numerous products promise instant removal of these marks, they often fail to live up to the manufacturers' claims. Moreover, they can harm the faucet's surface, making it prone to accruing more mineral deposits in the future.

So, how to remove mineral deposits from a sink?

Fortunately, there's an incredibly efficient, quick, and harmless way to deal with this problem. The secret to success is - much like with protecting shoes from salt - impregnation. But how does one go about it? We have some tips for you!

The initial step is to thoroughly clean the faucet and sink. You can either use store-purchased products or home remedies, such as an ultra-effective paste proven to remove mineral deposits. To make this paste, simply mix baking soda with water in a 3:1 ratio - for instance, three tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of water. After wiping off the biggest stains with a cloth, apply this mixture to your faucet, leave it on for 15 minutes, and then clean everything off with a sponge (do not use the coarse side).

Next up, how to impregnate a sink?

The subsequent step is to ensure the sink is completely dry. This is vital before proceeding to the crucial part, namely, impregnation. The product to use for this is basic petroleum jelly. It can be purchased inexpensively in any pharmacy or drugstore.

Next, rub the petroleum jelly into the clean faucet and any other parts of the sink that need it. There you have it! The petroleum jelly will form a protective covering over which water will simply glide (you should, at your discretion, repeat the impregnation process as and when necessary).

This quick trick will ensure mineral deposits stay away from your faucet for an extended period, thereby allowing your sink to maintain a pristine, showroom-worthy look for longer.

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