Time: 5-10 mins
Wiping down your faucets once a week isn't enough to keep them in good shape. Hard water can leave unsightly mineral deposits on your fixtures that ruin their good looks and can lead to significant damage over time. It can also clog aerators and slow the flow of water through your tap. To avoid these issues, you should descale your faucets once per month. Follow these steps to clean up and keep things flowing properly.
What's in it for you?
- Cleaner water
- Better flow
- More attractive fixtures
How to Clean Your Kitchen and Bathroom Faucets:
- Perform basic weekly cleaning. Your first line of defense for your faucets is to clean them once a week with your bathroom cleanser of choice. Simply spray on and wipe down your faucets with a soft cloth, making sure to buff all areas. Rinse with clean water.
- Use lemon to clean away scale. At least once per month, you should dissolve and dislodge any lime build-up that remains after basic cleaning with a bit of acid to help break it down. Slice a lemon in half and rub it over mineral deposits. You can let the juice set a bit before rinsing it away with cool water.
- Try a vinegar paste. For more stubborn mineral deposits, make a paste of white vinegar and baking soda, and apply it to your faucets. Cover the scale completely with this foamy paste and allow it to set for an hour or two. Gently scrub away deposits with an old toothbrush before rinsing well.
- Remove the aerator. Unscrew the bottom "cap" of your spigot monthly -- this contains the aerator, a mesh screen that restricts water flow. If it's stuck, wrap the aerator in an old t-shirt and use pliers to get a better grip as you twist it off.
- Scrub the aerator. Use an old toothbrush to scrub debris from the aerator screen. Rinse well.
- Soak the aerator in vinegar. If your aerator is still dirty or clogged after the scrubbing, soak it in a cup of vinegar overnight to dissolve mineral build-up. Repeat the toothbrush scrubbing and rinse.
- Replace aerator. Screw the aerator back into place at the bottom of the faucet. You should be able to do this by hand.