June 13, 2013

Make Stainless and Chrome Look Factory New

It's Project Sell-the-Townhouse and we are cleaning, de-cluttering and wrapping up projects at top speed!  Tuesday was my birthday, but the day was spent knee-deep in basement detritus before I sped to work an evening class.  A dusty day, followed by a late night, culminated in a not-so-special birthday.  My students asked if Handy Hubby did anything special for me and were seriously unimpressed by his gift (he gave me the extra slice of bacon when we had our lunchtime BLTs).  I think these kids learn too much about marriage from romantic comedies.  An extra piece of bacon shows he cares.  Plus we bought a house, which is a fabulous B-day present and weird timing, because we also bought the townhouse a few days before my birthday.

As part of Project Sell-the-Townhouse, I am giving the house a good clean and in the process I stumbled on an amazing product for cleaning stainless steel and chrome.  Do your faucets get water spots?  All of our bathroom faucets are relatively new, but they always look hazy from water spots - even after they have been cleaned.  They just look permanently filmy, which was driving me nuts because they're new and I want them to show their newness.  I've tried so many Pinterest tricks - I even rubbed lemons on them (what a mess)!  But this cleaner makes them look so damn shiny, and it even helps repel water so they stay relatively spot-free.  I just sprayed a little on a clean, dry cloth, wiped them down and BAM.  Shiny new faucets.

Here are some photos so you can see the before and after:

The right half is cleaned with Citrushine, the left half is cleaned with Mr. Clean.

Obviously, this transformation is awesome for re-sale, but I'm totally adding this cleaner to my regular cleaning arsenal.  I can't wait to tackle the taps at the new place.  Even though I've been asked to by readers, I rarely share tips for cleaning.  But this cleaner impressed me so much, I ran from room to room making Hubby watch the transformation, each time yelling "Look, look!  It looks NEW again!!".  After a week, they still look shiny (a few water spots, but nothing compared to the dull mess they were before).  If I apply too much, they can feel greasy but I quickly learned less is more.  I was not paid, perked or asked to gush about this stuff.  I went out and bought it, fueled by a mix of last minute panic and desperation, like everyone else (at Lowe's and it's called "Citrushine Stainless Steel Polish").




20 comments:

  1. ooh thats pretty shiny! I might need to try this on my hardware!

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    1. I am in love with this spray! The gleamy faucets make the room sparkle.

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  2. i agree, movies and TV in general set kids up for such disappointment with themselves and with relationships. these days the expectations of "gifts" are just incredible... makes me cringe a little :(

    PS. we're are from your school of gift-giving for birthdays :)

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    1. Oh yes, some gals seem to want the moon brought down for them (and guys too). I'm not a gift-lover in general. I'm picky, I like to just buy whatever I want/need. Also, there's less stress for us both around events that should be stress-free and fun, like birthdays and anniversaries. Glad to hear I'm not alone (because people think I'm nutty for it!).

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  3. Happy belated birthday! And thanks for linking to your 30-before-30. I had to laugh when I read that it didn't seem that you would buy a lakeside house anytime soon :-B Funny what a difference a year makes, eh?

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    1. Haha, so true! I guess writing it on the list is what made all the difference. Now I need to learn to like avocados. Who would have thought that's the harder goal to achieve???

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  4. Oh man...this looks like such a capable product. Very good find I'd say!

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    1. It's rare for me to find a cleaning product I love enough to blog about!! Normally I find that topic boring, but this stuff is so great.

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  5. Sounds like a great product. Bar Keepers Friend does a similar job. It completely transformed the chrome when we did the bathroom redo in the main house. Glad Project Sell-the-Townhouse is going well! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it sells immediately.

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    1. Thanks for sending some good luck my way!! I'll keep an eye out for Bar Keepers Friend. What a difference cleaned up chrome makes!

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  6. Happy belated! I can appreciate the bacon offering- you were given a gift of meat from a man. It doesn't get more meaningful than that ; )

    My hubby just paid me a high compliment, too. While discussing father's day plans with the kids he told me, I don't really need to do anything special, you take care of me everyday. A single comment of appreciation can have a big impact- not hollywood rom/com material but appreciated by real women everywhere.

    Love those 'after' faucets- water spots are the bane of my bathroom. I hate when you can't tell that you just cleaned the entire room. I have a similar problem with water spots on the kitchen sink/counter- we have the IKEA stainless steel one-piece sink and countertop and sloshed water accumulates & runs along the counter from the taps. I love the stainless steel but we get mineral deposits where the water sits and runs along. If I were a single woman living alone, never would be a problem. But since I'm the only one to wipe up the water if it splashes/sloshes onto the counter, it does collect and sit on the stainless.
    I finally found that Lemi-shine dishwasher additive (for mineral buildup on glassware) is excellent for scrubbing off the stubborn stuff. No elbow grease required and it leaves it all sparkly and new. Quite satisfying for the cleaner of the house.


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    1. Thanks!!! Haha, if he bought me a hotdog, I'd marry him all over again.

      Your Hubby's words are so kind, I teared up a little! What a keeper!! He sounds amazing.

      Isn't it frustrating when something clean doesn't look it???

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  7. Happy belated birthday! Buying another house would be a great present in my book. Come to think of it, selling this house would be an even better one.

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    1. Thanks!! Yep, definitely a fabulous present - although your idea is good too! Maybe we'll get a house for my Bday and a house sale for Hubby's upcoming birthday, lol! I feel so privileged typing that . . . I don't think I have the right to complain about anything, ever!

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  8. OMG it's like you are reading my mind. We have horrible hard water stains on out faucets and and shower hardware. I am buying this stuff ASAP.

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    1. I am now totally confused as to why I never searched out some cleaning product before! It's life-changing and makes me act like someone in an infomercial, lol.

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  9. Wow - the difference is amazing! I need to get some of this right away and go on a cleaning rampage!

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  10. Thanks sharing -great blog and I'll be checking in to see progress on the lake house -congrats!!
    julie
    www.julieLovesHome.wordpress.com

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