by Vivian Garzon

7 Tips to Maintain Brushed Nickel Tapware

7 Tips to Maintain Brushed Nickel Tapware

If you've chosen brushed nickel tapware for your home, like any good thing, it needs a bit of care to stay looking its best. The good news is that brushed nickel is extremely durable and high-quality, so it doesn’t take too much effort to keep it looking beautiful. 

Below, we’ve put together 7 of our best tips to maintain your brushed nickel tapware. Whether it’s tapware in your bathroom, kitchen, or laundry, these tips will keep your brushed nickel tapware looking as good as the day you got it. 

How to Clean Brushed Nickel Tapware

1. Gentle and Soft Cleaning

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First up, gentle cleaning is the secret to maintaining that beautiful finish. A soft, damp cloth is all you need for daily touch-ups, especially in high-touch areas like the kitchen, laundry or bathroom. This will help remove dust and prevent grime build-up. For a deeper clean, mix a little warm water with mild dish soap. This combo is gentle yet effective, perfect for giving your tapware a thorough clean without risking any damage. 

Tip: Remember, hard scrubbing is out of the question – a soft touch is all it takes to keep your fixtures looking great.

2. Say No to Chemicals

When it comes to cleaning products, harsh chemicals are not friends with brushed nickel. Bleach and ammonia-based cleaners can strip away the finish, leaving your tapware looking dull and lifeless. Instead, opt for gentle, pH-neutral cleaners that safely cleanse without harming the surface. Your tapware will continue to shine without the risk of damage from aggressive cleaning agents.

3. Quick Fix for Water Spots

Quick Fix for Water Spots

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Water spots can be a bit of an eyesore, but they're easy to manage. Make it a habit to dry off your tapware with a soft, dry cloth after each use to prevent water spots from forming. For those stubborn spots that occasionally pop up, a simple solution of equal parts water and white vinegar usually does the trick. Apply it with a soft cloth, gently rubbing the affected areas, then rinse thoroughly with water and dry. This method keeps your tapware spot-free and shining brightly. 

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4. Dealing with Soap Scum

Soap scum buildup can cloud the appearance of your brushed nickel tapware, making it look less than its best. Thankfully, it's easy to tackle with your mild soap solution and a non-abrasive sponge. Gently scrubbing away the scum, then rinsing with clear water and drying with a soft cloth, will restore the natural shine of your tapware, keeping it looking as good as new.

5. A Little Polish Goes a Long Way

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Although brushed nickel tapware doesn't require frequent polishing, an occasional polish can help maintain its shine. Choose a polish specifically designed for nickel finishes and apply it sparingly with a soft, clean cloth, always going with the grain of the metal. This minimal effort can make a big difference, enhancing the finish without altering its distinctive brushed texture.

6. Keep Moisture in Check

In areas like kitchens and bathrooms, moisture is inevitable, but too much of it can be a problem for your tapware. Making sure each room has good ventilation helps reduce humidity and prevents moisture from settling on your tapware, which can lead to corrosion over time. A dehumidifier can be a great addition to particularly damp areas, keeping the air dry and your tapware in mint condition.

7. Regular Inspections and Quick Fixes

Keeping an eye on your tapware for any signs of wear or damage can save you a lot of trouble down the line. Regularly check for any loose parts or leaks and address them as soon as you notice an issue. Often, a quick tightening or replacing a washer can prevent further damage and extend the life of your brushed nickel tapware.

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Brushed Nickel Tapware FAQs

Can I use vinegar on my brushed nickel tapware?

While vinegar and water can be effective for removing water spots, it's best used sparingly to avoid potential damage to the finish. Always dilute it with water and rinse thoroughly afterwards.

How often should I polish my brushed nickel tapware?

Brushed nickel doesn't require frequent polishing. Doing so once every few months or when you notice the finish looking a bit dull should be sufficient.

Should I dry my tapware after every use?

Drying your tapware after use is a great habit to prevent water spots and maintain its appearance. It might not always be practical, but doing it whenever possible can make a big difference.

What should I do if my tapware starts to look tarnished?

If your tapware begins to tarnish, it's best to clean it gently with a suitable cleaner for nickel. If regular cleaning doesn't restore its appearance, consider consulting with a professional for advice on restoration options.