On Wed, 31 Oct 2007 11:27:59 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is "harpic limescale remover?"
What is the composition of your taps?
I know some faucet manufacturers recommend wiping only--no chemicals,
not even white vinegar. This is true for some gold-plated taps. I
have (typical) chrome faucets and use Brasso once or twice a year to
make them shine, but I can't suggest that over what the manufacturer
recommends. Milder than Brasso, is liquid Woolite (for clothes) which
is non-abrasive and makes most faucets shine (don't ask me why--my
mother discovered this).
Hydrochloric acid is the strongest acid. The fumes will attack most
metals and etch porcelain. It is also known as muractic acid and I
can't think of a way to safely keep this in a house. I think the OP
may have to replace the taps.
I stand corrected. There have been many new discoveries since my
college chemistry. At that time hydrochloric acid (HCl) was the
strongest acid, but it is probably the strongest acid used in cleaning
I disagree: Fluoroantimonic acid HFSbF5, or maybe hydrogen flouride, or
one of the carborane superacids?
Ha! It even depends on what yardstick one uses. :-) Intersting stuff.
Whatever it takes.
On Wed, 31 Oct 2007 11:27:59 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
I manage a guest house and this is the main reason I never leave any
acidic cleaner where guests can reach it. Fortunately, I rarely need
For me "lime scale" remover screams "Acid"; and that means definitely no
contact with plated surfaces. I'm sorry this happened to you.
The pink is a thin copper coating that holds onto the chrome or gold
plating on your taps. The acidic cleaner reverses the plating
process--which uses an acid bath.
A motorcycle shop can direct you to someone who does chrome plating. All
things considered, replacing the taps might be less expensive.
Whatever it takes.
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