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Bad case of limescale/oxidation on WC chromes

Hello guys,

I have been dealing with a bad case of limescale/yellow discoloration on my bathroom fawcetts... the problem is that I shared the apartment with some colleagues and in the end I stayed behind as it is a good house, and the moved away...

Now I will move by the end of this month and I have literally tried everything as far as products go to clean this, but had no success.

I tried vinegar/lemon combos, durgol, AJAX Professional, Potz scrubbing dust for Chromes, normal anti kalk products, you name it!

Is there any other thing I can try to remove this for the fawcetts? The problem is that the discoloring is only at the square base of the fawcett, which means I cannot manage to put a bag full of product over it, as the base is very thin and wont stay on that area.

I'm also afraid of leaving some of the stronger products for too long and damage the Chromes.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Bad case of limescale/oxidation on WC chromes

Safety first: these chemicals are strong, so wear gloves and maybe eye protecting goggles!

Note that: the enamel on the bath will be dissolved by the Durgol, so fill the bath with at least an inch of water, and quickly wash away any Durgol you may spill on the white enamel. Keep a wet sponge or cloth ready in the water.

Next, get a strong plastic knife or wooden "tool" and scrape off as much of the limescale as you can.

Then make a bag from a simple plastic bag, and tape it in place, under the faucet, and fill this small bag with Durgol. Soak the faucet end in Durgol for an hour. Scrape, rinse and repeat.

There is a stronger Durgol (LIDL are selling it now) available at Drogerie shops, but be careful, it does remove the chrome plating!
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Safety first: these chemicals are strong, so wear gloves and maybe goggles!

Note that: the enamel on the bath will be dissolved by the Durgol, so fill the bath with some water, and quickly wash away any spilt Durgol.

First of all, get a strong plastic knife or wooden "tool" and scrape off as much of the limescale as you can. Then make a bag to go under the faucet, and soak the end in Durgol for an hour. Rinse and repeat.

There is a stronger Durgol (LIDL are selling it now) available at Drogerie shops, but be careful, it does remove the chrome plating!
Where can I get this tool to scrape without scratching the surface?

My problem is that I cannot put the fawcett inside a bag as it is not removable from the porcelain washer.

This is not bathtub fawcett, its the hadwashing ones. Is it safe to leave the blue durgol for more than the 2 minutes stated in the bottle?
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Re: Bad case of limescale/oxidation on WC chromes

Handheld steam cleaner and an old toothbrush.
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Plastic knives and spoons. Probably not safe, pay for a professional to clean them.
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Where can I get this tool to scrape without scratching the surface?

My problem is that I cannot put the fawcett inside a bag as it is not removable from the porcelain washer.
No big deal - put a large pot in the sink upside-down, place a glass on that (with the faucet end inside it), put durgol in the glass. Problem solved
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No big deal - put a large pot in the sink upside-down, place a glass on that (with the faucet end inside it), put durgol in the glass. Problem solved
This is the base of the fawcett, not the tip That's my issue, as I cannot put that part inside a container
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Re: Bad case of limescale/oxidation on WC chromes

Buy some plumbing tools and remove the faucet. Clean up, and reassemble.

Or you could scrape away the limescale with plastic knives, and finish with Durgol on a small cloth. How do you think cleaning ladies do it?
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This is the base of the fawcett, not the tip That's my issue, as I cannot put that part inside a container
If you don't want to take the faucet apart, you could dunk a rag into durgol or whatever you want to use and wrap that around the faucet...
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Re: Bad case of limescale/oxidation on WC chromes

First of all sok toilette paper in vinegar and rap it round the taps. It usually works. If not buy "00 null null "if you live close to Germania gets rid of every thing and is dead cheap
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First of all sok toilette paper in vinegar and rap it round the taps. It usually works.
I do this with a wad of cotton wool and vinegar, and it does the trick.
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I do this with a wad of cotton wool and vinegar, and it does the trick.
We're talking about limescale removal - not speckled garden song birds.
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Hello, if it was me, the first thing I would do is invest in some WD-40, give the whole area a good spraying, leave it for quite some time, 1-2 hours - it won't corrode the chrome - wipe off and see if that has helped.
Another course of action I would take after that if it still hasn't shifted is, crumple up some aluminium foil and rub in a less obvious spot at the back for a start, to see if you can get rid of the stains, if yes, continue over the whole area, dont worry about the black muck, that's normal and can be easily cleaned away with paper towels or so.

Aluminium foil works wonders on chrome, so I think you should be fine after a bit of elbow grease
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Hello, if it was me, the first thing I would do is invest in some WD-40, give the whole area a good spraying, leave it for quite some time, 1-2 hours - it won't corrode the chrome - wipe off and see if that has helped.
Another course of action I would take after that if it still hasn't shifted is, crumple up some aluminium foil and rub in a less obvious spot at the back for a start, to see if you can get rid of the stains, if yes, continue over the whole area, dont worry about the black muck, that's normal and can be easily cleaned away with paper towels or so.

Aluminium foil works wonders on chrome, so I think you should be fine after a bit of elbow grease
I trie the aluminium foil with no luck, but maybe after the WD-40 it will work... gonna give that a try!
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I trie the aluminium foil with no luck, but maybe after the WD-40 it will work... gonna give that a try!
Did you try the wrap-whateveryouhave-soaked-in-chemicals-around-the-limescaley-thing option which I, snapsterone and hannah'sauntie suggested? If so, what happened? If nothing works (not even taking the sink apart) you might have to get someone to do it for you and pay for that if it costs chf 150 or less (the limit for "Kleiner Unterhalt" might be different in your rental contract though, check it out).
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Did you try the wrap-whateveryouhave-soaked-in-chemicals-around-the-limescaley-thing option which I, snapsterone and hannah'sauntie suggested? If so, what happened? If nothing works (not even taking the sink apart) you might have to get someone to do it for you and pay for that if it costs chf 150 or less (the limit for "Kleiner Unterhalt" might be different in your rental contract though, check it out).

I cannot dismantle the fawcett... What I did was, I soaked papers in vinegar around the base of the fawcett and left it for hours, but no result came out of it. I tried with other products like durgol, ajax professional, cillit bang, you name it!

I don't really know which chemicals or products I can leave on chromes during the night or something, as I fear one of them may damage the chrome coating permanently if not careful. The only one I know that won't damage the chrome after long time exposure is WD40
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I cannot dismantle the fawcett... What I did was, I soaked papers in vinegar around the base of the fawcett and left it for hours, but no result came out of it. I tried with other products like durgol, ajax professional, cillit bang, you name it!

I don't really know which chemicals or products I can leave on chromes during the night or something, as I fear one of them may damage the chrome coating permanently if not careful. The only one I know that won't damage the chrome after long time exposure is WD40
Perhaps it's time to take a picture of your faucet to a pharmacy and ask them what you can use on it, that's one of the first things I'd have done.
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Re: Bad case of limescale/oxidation on WC chromes

Doesn't look to bad from the photo - maybe that's the default appearance after time.
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Re: Bad case of limescale/oxidation on WC chromes

Something you could also try is that detergent stuff for dishwashers - the one for "finish". That gives the sparkle to dishes/glasses.

I once cleaned all the bathroom fittings with that and was amazed at the amount of old stains/discolouration that came up good as new.

Just a suggestion
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