How to Clean Gold Plated Faucets

Joyce asked: How do I make gold plated faucets look like new? The faucets have been in an old building that I just purchased, and I need to make them shiny. Thanks so very much.

A common mistake made when cleaning gold plated faucets is to use harsh chemicals. Not only will these chemicals potentially damage the gold surface, but it’s possible they will remove the thin layers of gold from the surface. To reduce your chance of causing this kind of irreparable damage, give this gentle, effective method a try.

You Will Need:

  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Soft cloth(s)
  • Bucket

Steps to Remove the Dirt:

  1. Mix one part vinegar with three parts water in a clean bucket.
  2. Dip a soft cloth in the cleaning solution.
  3. Drape the wet cloth over the fixture. Wait 15 minutes.
  4. Gently wipe the faucet with the cloth. Do not scrub or you may damage or remove the gold.
  5. Repeat as needed until clean.
  6. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  7. Buff dry with a clean cloth.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Gold faucets should be wiped dry after every use, then buffed with a clean cloth. Weekly, wash with a mild detergent and water, then dry thoroughly.
  • Never use harsh chemicals on gold plating.

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