How to remove scale build up around faucet?

Tracy Steele
by Tracy Steele
  12 answers
  • 17335038 17335038 on May 05, 2021

    If you can remove the aerator from the end of the faucet, do so first, then follow the steps in the information below.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 05, 2021

    This is usually caused by mineral buildup, calcium is a common 1:
    How to Clean Calcium Buildup

    After you’ve gathered your supplies, clean the exterior of the faucet: Soak several paper towels or strips of rags in the white vinegar. Wrap them around all the problem areas of the faucet, and secure them with rubber bands. Let them sit for at least an hour. Next, wipe the faucet clean with a wet sponge or cloth. You may use a magic eraser at this time if the sponge or cloth isn’t cleaning sufficiently. Finally, dry the faucet completely.

    Calcium buildup also affects the ends of faucets or showerheads and the aerators inside. You may even notice that the buildup is partially clogging the faucet and causing the water to trickle unevenly rather than flow. To clean the end of your faucet and hopefully reach the grimy aerator, fill a sandwich bag with vinegar, and secure it onto the end of the faucet with a rubber band. The faucet tip should be fully submerged so that the vinegar goes inside the faucet as far as possible. Leave the bag there for an hour or two, and then wipe the faucet with a sponge, cloth or magic eraser. Let the faucet dry before you run the water again. If you still have water flow issues after you’ve soaked the end of the faucet, you might need to disassemble the faucet and soak the aerator (and any other scale-caked elements) in vinegar before scrubbing it clean.


  • on May 05, 2021

    I usually soak a cloth in vinegar and lay it over the mineralized area. Then scrub off the loosened stuff. If that doesn’t work CLR.

  • Vinegar. Let it sit for a bit and then use an old toothbrush to scrub it off.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 05, 2021

    Hi Tracy,

    Use a Calcium remover for the job! Best wishes

  • Janice Janice on May 05, 2021

    White vinegar will work well. Saturate a paper towel or cloth and wrap it around the area of the deposits. After a 1/2 hour or so scrub it well with the cloth. If it doesn't come off, add some baking soda to make a paste and scrub so more. If that fails, try a product from the store called CLR and follow instructions.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 05, 2021

    I soak a wash cloth in vinegar and then apply that very wet cloth to the faucet and let is sit for about an hour. Remove and wipe clean. Amazing what soaking stuff can do.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 05, 2021

    Soak a paper towel in vinegar and lay around the faucet. After an hour, it should loosen where you can wipe away. If it is severe, you may have to leave longer or repeat.

  • William William on May 05, 2021

    Do not use vinegar if the counter is granite or marble.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 06, 2021

    Hello. I have used a product called whink. I get a terrible build up on my metal electric teapot as well.

  • Some CLR should do the trick.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jul 31, 2021

    CLR is my answer