How to Clean Hard Water Stain From Polished Nickel Faucets

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Things You'll Need

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • Quart-size spray bottle

  • Sponge

  • Cotton ball

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Soft cloth

Nickel bathroom and kitchen fixtures make an attractive addition to the room. Nickel faucets come in several different finishes, including brushed, polished and some specialty finishes that mimic aged metal. Nickel faucets are durable, but very susceptible to staining from hard water, food, liquids and bathroom products. Abrasive cleaners and scouring pads can scratch and damage the surface of nickel fixtures, so you must be careful when selecting cleaning products. Commercial cleaners manufactured for the removal of hard water stains will often damage nickel, but you can remove hard water stains from polished nickel faucets using items you probably already have in your home.


Step 1

Pour 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid into a quart-size spray bottle. Fill the bottle with cool water.

Step 2

Shake the bottle to mix the contents, then spray the faucets with the cleaning solution.


Step 3

Scrub the faucets with a sponge and rinse thoroughly with cool water.

Step 4

Dampen a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and rub the stained areas until the stain lifts.


Step 5

Rinse the faucets thoroughly with cool water. Make sure no rubbing alcohol remains on the faucets.

Step 6

Buff the faucets to a high shine with a soft clean cloth.


To protect your hands, wear gloves when cleaning.



Kaye Morris

Kaye Morris has over four years of technical writing experience as a curriculum design specialist and is a published fiction author. She has over 20 years of real estate development experience and received her Bachelor of Science in accounting from McNeese State University along with minors in programming and English.