What is the scratchy stuff that forms on faucets?

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It's not mold, but it's some sort of growth. How does one get rid of it without scratching the metal?

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Is it white? Like maybe lime or calcium buildup??

CLR might work. It might just be from hard water.
Ummmm, what is clr?

It's sort of white-ish, sort of clear, in that it blends in with the metal. I feel like it looks like faucet tartar.

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Its lime and calcium buildup.

Comes from pipes in old houses or well water.

CLR stands for calcium lime and rust. As in it removes it. Most stores carry it.

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Its lime and calcium buildup.

Comes from pipes in old houses or well water.

CLR stands for calcium lime and rust. As in it removes it. Most stores carry it.

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Originally Posted by iroc
Or hard municipal water.
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Its lime and calcium buildup.

Comes from pipes in old houses or well water.

CLR stands for calcium lime and rust. As in it removes it. Most stores carry it.

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Originally Posted by iroc
Or hard municipal water.
Originally Posted by Nallia
Oh ya. Or hard water.


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vinegar works as well, you just got to let it soak on it for a while.
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While I've always wanted to use CLR (I don't know why, but I have!), vinegar works great.

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A rag soaked in vinegar and laid over the area to soak for a bit has always worked for me.
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I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
Oh! That stuff that comes in a green bottle! I've seen that.

What kind of vinegar? White? Should I soak a heavy paper towel in it and then wrap it around the spout overnight?

Thank you, all!

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Thanks for asking this! I was thinking about it a few days ago while cleaning the bathroom. ...Thought it probably was calcium/lime buildup but I didn't confirm and then forgot about wanting to.
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While I've always wanted to use CLR (I don't know why, but I have!), vinegar works great.
Originally Posted by Curlyminx
Likewise.
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While I've always wanted to use CLR (I don't know why, but I have!), vinegar works great.
Originally Posted by Curlyminx
Likewise.
Originally Posted by sew and sew
Because it's an infomercial. Thoes always get me too.

Claudine you could probably just take the end of the faucet off...most just unscrew but you may need a pair of channel locks to do it, wrap a rag over the end to protect the metal. Then just soak for a few hours/overnight.
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Argh!

I'm the kind of person who lives in fear of making a plumbing mistake and winding up with a geyser.

I tried soaking it in vinegar towels overnight, and while it's shiny, I:

a) hate the smell of vinegar

b) didn't get enough of it off to make it worthwhile.

Looks like it's CLR for me.

Thanks, oh clever curlies

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You could also try a baking soda and vinegar paste to scrub. I wonder if a Mr. Clean sponge would work? Hmmmm....




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
Ooh, I like a Mister Clean sponge.

I love cleaning gadgets.

Bought the spray version of CLR today (the bottler was smaller). I'm going to spray it on a clean sponge, wipe it on the spigot, wait 2 minutes (as suggested), then wipe it off again. If that doesn't work, I will trying rubbing it with a medium-sized annoying dog.

Just kidding. Then I'll try the Mr. Clean thingy.
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