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How do I clean brushed nickel fixtures?

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Clean brushed nickel fixtures with a soft, damp cloth to remove light dirt daily. Clean heavily soiled fixtures or remove hard water stains from the nickel surface by washing it with a vinegar and water mixture. After cleaning, return the fixture to a like-new shine by waxing it.

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  1. Use a damp cloth to remove light dirt

    Dampen a soft piece of cloth with clean water, and wipe down the surface of the faucet daily to remove dirt before it accumulates. Use a cotton ball sprayed with glass cleaner to clean the base of the fixture or any hard-to-reach areas. Make sure the glass cleaner does not contain ammonia or alcohol.

  2. Scrub away hard water stains

    Spray a soft cloth with a mixture consisting of equal parts water and vinegar. Use the cloth to scrub away heavy water stains on the nickel fixture or to remove built up dirt.

  3. Rinse the fixture

    Rinse the fixture with a clean, damp cloth after cleaning it with the glass cleaner or vinegar cleanser. Rinse out the cloth as needed to rid it of the residue of the cleansers, dampening it again to continue rinsing the fixture. Dry the fixture with a soft dry cloth.

  4. Wax the fixture

    Return the shine to the fixture by spreading a layer of paste wax over the fixtures. Waxing is required about every four weeks. Spread the wax using a soft dry cloth, working it over the surface of the nickel in a small circular motion. After covering the fixture, buff it to a shine using another dry soft cloth.

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