How to avoid faucet rust?
Faucet rust is a common issue that many homeowners have to deal with. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent faucet rust.
There are three main types of faucets: brass, stainless steel, and zinc. Brass is prone to faucet rust because it's an alloy of copper and zinc. Stainless steel contains iron so it's more durable against water corrosion. Zinc is the cheapest option but it will need regular maintenance to prevent rusting over time due to its low corrosion resistance and because it's made from a metal that's 60% heavier than brass.
Faucets are made of different materials, each with their own pros and cons. Brass faucets are cheaper, but they easily develop a patina that is not easy to remove. Stainless steel faucets are more expensive but less likely to develop rust streaks. Zinc-plated faucets are affordable, but they are prone to developing rust spots. Chrome plating helps prevent corrosion on zinc-plated faucets, but their surface gets scratched easily. Brushed surfaces offer protection against scratch marks and corrosion, without the heavy price tag of plating or polishing.
A chrome plating process coats the surface of the metal with a layer of chromium which offers better protection against corrosion than other finishes like brushed or polished surfaces do.
Rust is the common form of corrosion that occurs on metal objects. When it occurs on a faucet, the metal is eaten away by the mixture of oxygen and water. This can cause problems with both water pressure and performance.
Clean your faucet regularly with a special brush to remove any dirt or grime that may have accumulated over time. You need to do this every once in a while to avoid any build-up or corrosion from forming on your faucet. You can also use salt water for this purpose, as it will work just as well as any other cleaner without having to purchase anything new.
A zinc faucet will have less rust since it's less reactive than other metals, but you should still keep up with regular cleaning to keep it looking shiny.