How to Clean and Maintain a Kitchen Faucet?
Picking the best type of kitchen faucet is only half the battle, it needs to be cleaned and maintained regularly to preserve its appearance and enhance its life.
The faucet is connected to all your kitchen activities so maintaining it also keeps our health well. A well-maintained kitchen faucet saves your water consumption, helps for comfortable cooking, and prevents additional bacteria.
In this article, we have shared some easy cleaning and maintenance tips to keep your kitchen faucet neat and clean.
Let’s dive in.
Tips to Clean your Kitchen Faucet
Clean your kitchen sink and faucet at least once a day. That is early in the morning before using it and at night after washing all the dishes. You can use mild soap and water to clean the faucet. After cleaning the faucet don't keep your bare wet hands in the faucet. It dries and creates limescale in the faucet.
Dry the faucet after cleaning it with a soft cloth for longer life. Everyone has different types of faucets in their home. Read your type of faucets catalog and follow the instructions carefully. Certain matte-finish faucets require extra care.
2.Restrictions for cleaning
Cleaning and maintaining faucets increases the lifetime of the faucets and work efficiency as much as possible for a long time. People who reside in hard water faucets often leave limescale deposits in the faucet. They are stubborn to remove while cleaning.
Use mild soaps or window cleaner or else you can use vinegar instead, it works well. Be sure to read the manual because they will vary according to the type of kitchen faucet. If you don’t follow the advice, then you may not have the option to claim a warranty.
- The faucet companies sometimes offer a lifetime warranty on the faucets. Always check the warranty before buying any faucets. These warranties may not be applicable for caustic drain cleaners or other corrosion cleansers in the faucets. So avoid cleaning supplies that would void the warranty
- Some people ignore warranties only looking at the beauty and mechanical outputs. Most faucets come with a short period warranty or come for a lifetime. Understanding the descriptions will save you money in the future
- Some faucets have a special type of finish called living. Its coating material is called patina. This faucet is meant only to clean using water. If you clean the faucet with anything other than water it will take off all the parts. If you buy Faucet with a patina finish make sure not to scrap it
- Avoid cleaning materials such as scrub sponges or abrasive brushes as they are not good for most of the faucet finishes so do certain tests before introducing them to the faucet.
- To make the chrome finish type faucet gleam and shine apply drops of oil and rub it through a cotton ball. The faucet will then glow like a new one
3.Clean the aerator
Aerators are one of the most important faucet parts. They work on mixing the air and water together to ensure a smooth flow of water from the faucet. The aerator has housing, screen insert, and rubber washer all of which must be cleaned. You should clean our faucet aerators at least once a year. Aerator differs according to the faucet model you can simply remove using your thumb and forefinger or you can use a suitable tool for removing it.
Cleaning the aerator is not that tough. All you have to do is remove the aerator from the faucet. Wash the aerator removed parts and clean thoroughly using tooth brush and cleaners. For hard deposits, soak the parts in vinegar for some time and wash that.
Unscrew the aerator at the end of the spout and do check it for any sediments left over there. And clean it occasionally to avoid foul smells coming from the sink. After cleaning the aerator simply reinstall that.
4.Clean the filter
Filters catch all the specks of dirt from the water. Cleaning them is essential. Wrap a towel around the filter and then remove it to clean. As some faucets have a small filter, wrapping them in a towel and using a wrench to unscrew them. It prevents them from scratches.
There are several components on the filter remove all those and clean them. Also, remember how to fix all those.
Put the filter in a vessel pour vinegar and water, and make it heat to remove calcium in it. Let it sit for an hour and then wash them. Then reinstall the filter back to the faucet using clean hands.
5.Remove water spots and strains regularly
In order to remove water spots in the faucet you can use water and a soft cleaning cloth and wipe them. Some faucets have anti-spot resistance with spot shield technology. Do check and buy those faucets. It helps to keep the water spots and fingerprints away from the faucet.
Even its antimicrobial protection helps the faucet from microbial growth which is associated with stains and odor. Use a solution of vinegar or buy touch-clean spray holes faucets which make cleaning the builds easy without using chemical cleaners unnecessarily.
When the faucet is wet, dry it down with a dry and soft cleaning cloth. And then blow off the droplets. If you don't blow off the water the minerals can be accumulated in the faucet. It creates a strong space and left difficult to clean it.
Steps to Follow in Cleaning your Kitchen Faucet
Here are some easy steps you can follow to clean your faucet.
1.Start with basic cleaning
Most faucets need no special cleaning with plain water and mild soap makes the faucet clean. After cleaning make sure to dry the faucet using a dried soft cloth. This will also prevent limescale spots.
2.Use vinegar for stubborn dirt
After giving the faucet a normal wash if there's remaining dirt and it is stubborn, clean using some other cleaning agents like vinegar. Take vinegar and half the water in a cleaning cloth and rub the places which have dirt. Before introducing the vinegar use that in hidden places to ensure the faucet's acceptance to avoid damage.
3.Clean around the edges
Most of the faucet collects dirt around the edges where the sink and faucet meet. Use a toothbrush with soap and clean those edges properly. Then wipe the faucet with a dry cloth.
4.Clean the drain area
The draining part of a faucet often needs cleaning. Use a non-abrasive cleaner like soft scrub to clean this portion of the faucet. It is good to check for any cleaner in the hidden areas like this draining part for checking the damage.
Maintaining your faucet is not a hard task. Clean and maintain regularly the faucet will be kept perfect always. If you don't have enough time to thoroughly clean your faucet at least give it a good wipe all over whenever possible.
We hope our article on faucet maintenance tips will help you keep yours in good shape. If you have any other cleaning tips that helped to make the process easy, do share them in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you.
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