Your kitchen faucet has a lot of important roles. These range from filling dishes to cleaning your vegetables. Surprisingly, despite using this fixture on a regular basis, few people spare a thought for its cleanliness. But when they go for too long without cleaning, faucets can get mildew, mold, and even lime. These things can cause diseases and ruin your faucet’s aesthetic appeal. So, it is important to clean your kitchen faucet regularly. Here’s how it is done.
1. Using a Gentle Cleaner
Faucets can have some tough stains on them, such as when soup or other things pour on them and are left to dry. In such cases, using a gentle detergent would be the best way to get the faucet cleaned up. Some great cleaners here include vinegar and other all-purpose cleaners. Be careful though, if your faucet is made of iron, you should avoid using vinegar.
2. By Taking it Apart
Some of the cleaning issues your facet might be having could be much deeper, requiring that you take apart the fixture to do a more effective clean up job. Fortunately, even a quality kitchen faucet tends to be pretty easy to take apart. However, be careful not to scratch the faucet. In case you require any tools, you can put a cloth between the faucet part and say, the wrench, to avoid any scratches, marks of dents. After that, you can wash the parts in detergent, getting rid of any grime, and rinsing them off thoroughly before putting the faucet together once more.
3. Using Vinegar
When you use this method, you should fill a bag with white vinegar and tie it, with the faucet submerged in the substance, to your faucet. This should get rid of the bacteria and the germs lodged on your faucet. You should leave the bag on for about 20 to 30 minutes. After getting rid of it, you should brush off any dirt that may still be on the faucet. After that, you can rinse off the faucet with clean warm water and you are good to go.
4. Using a Soft Dry Cloth
Sometimes, your kitchen faucet is not dirty per se, the problem could simply be water droplets, which when left to dry could leave behind water marks. You can avoid this issue by using a soft dry cloth to wipe off the water on the faucet. This process is important because it prevents buildup of minerals on your faucet due to water being left to dry off on its surface. This simple cleaning process is very important, even for the most important kitchen faucets.
5. Using Lemon Juice
Over time, your faucet can begin to rust. You can get rid of such materials using lemon juice, whose scouring properties can leave your faucet looking like new. In case you are seeing bluish green deposits on your faucet, you can mix water and ammonia in equal parts to clean up these build ups. After the clean up job, you should obviously flush off the faucet with clean water so that any cleaning compound left behind can be removed as well.
6. Using a Cloth and Water
A faucet can have smudges and other small stains that can make it look messy. These stains can be removed using a soft cloth and some water. However, avoid using any cleaning agents, since these compounds can be left behind and contaminate the water flowing through the faucet.
7. Disinfect the Faucet
Not every bit of dirt on your faucet is visible to the naked eye. And since germs can make your faucet unhealthy and a potential health hazard in your home, you should ensure that you get rid of the unseen germs as well. This can be done using a bleach that kills germs. For instance, vinegar is great at killing germs and bacteria. However, most popular kitchen faucets, avoid disinfectants that are likely to be a serious health issue when they come into contact with drinking water. Also, be sure to wear gloves while cleaning with these substances to avoid getting injured in the process.
So, those are some of the ways you can get your kitchen faucet clean. As you can see, not much is required, typically. So, be sure to clean your kitchen faucet regularly to avoid buildup of dirt and germs and to ensure that the faucet retains its aesthetic appeal.