How to Clean a Tub Faucet

Dirty tub faucets cause bathrooms to appear dingy and neglected. Exposure to dirt, body oils and soap cause faucets to develop a filmy exterior. Minerals in hard water combined with soaps and shampoos can form a cloudy scum on faucets. The longer residue remains on faucets, the more difficult it becomes to remove. Frequently cleaning tub faucets maintains their aesthetic appeal and prevents unsightly buildup. Use basic solutions to effectively clean and restore a tub faucet.

Frequently cleaning tub faucets maintains their shiny appearance.
  1. Fill a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar. Spray the vinegar generously onto the faucet. Let the vinegar remain on the faucet for 10 minutes to loosen soap scum, dirt and mineral deposits.

  2. Wipe the faucet with a paper towel to remove loose grime.

  3. Inspect the faucet for remaining stains, scum or grime. If more cleaning is needed, fill a plastic bowl with 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Thoroughly mix the ingredients to form a paste with the consistency of toothpaste.

  4. Spread the paste over the faucet, using a spatula. Keep the paste on the faucet for 10 minutes.

  5. Scrub the faucet with a nylon scouring pad to loosen remaining debris.

  6. Dampen a soft cotton rag with warm water. Wipe the damp rag over the faucet to rinse away the paste and loosened debris.

  7. Wipe the faucet with a terry cloth towel until completely dry.


  • Test the solutions on an inconspicuous area of the faucet to ensure no damage or discoloration occurs.
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