How to Clean Galvanized Steel Pipe

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 gallon hot water

  • 1 gallon bucket

  • Lint-free rag

  • Soft brush

  • Metal polish

  • 1/4 cup dish soap

  • 1 cup vinegar

Galvanized metal pipes

Galvanized steel pipes are used typically in plumbing applications where the metal is exposed constantly to moisture. To galvanize a steel pipe is to treat it with a special zinc-oxide coating to prevent oxidation and limit the damage to the pipe created by other corrosive elements. Cleaning galvanized pipe will extend the life of the zinc-oxide coating.


Step 1

Mix in a bucket 1 gallon of hot water, 1/4 cup dish soap and 1 cup vinegar.

Step 2

Dip a soft brush in the soap solution and scrub the pipe using small circular rotations.

Step 3

Rinse the pipe off with warm water and then wipe dry.

Step 4

Use a lint-free rag to apply metal polish with small circular rotations.

Step 5

Allow the metal polish to dry and then wipe clean.



Joe Christos

Based in New Jersey, Joe Christos has experience writing about fitness, finance, gardening and medical equipment. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Kean University, as well as B.A. degrees in film and advertising from Rowan University.