How to Clean a Satin Nickel Finish

Lisa Wampler

Brushed or satin nickel finished faucets are commonplace in households because they are cost-effective and do not loose their plating over time like gold and chrome. However, with satin finish, it is easy for calcium and water stains to show up. Harsh chemicals will make nickel look even worse. Even though it may seem hard to keep these faucets clean, the process is relatively straightforward.

  1. Close the drain on the sink basin and fill the sink with warm water. Add a few drops of mild dish soap into the water as you are filling the sink.

  2. Wet the rag with the soapy water and then wring it out to remove the excess water.

  3. Rub the nickel with the rag to remove dirt and fingerprint grease.

  4. Place the tip of a soft toothbrush designed for children into the soapy water. Use the toothbrush to scrub hard-to-reach areas, such as between the base of the faucet and the water knobs. Rotate the toothbrush in a small circular motion to scrub the surface. Add additional soapy water to the toothbrush as needed.

  5. Wipe the faucet dry with a cotton towel and then empty the sink.