A kitchen faucet is probably the most overused item ever. This is used countless times each and every day because you need it to carry out some essential tasks that range from cooking food, cleaning dishes or even just filling your glass with water.
The result of all of this use is that the faucet can get pretty grubby.
In some cases, the grime is easily cleaned, requiring very little effort and no special products.
Other times, however, the buildup can be the result of calcium deposits from hard water. This requires a different approach when cleaning, but it can still be done with little effort and using items you probably already have on hand.
This article will address the easiest ways to clean a faucet in any condition.
Simple cleaning method
For regular dirt and grime buildup on faucets, very little is required for a good, thorough cleaning.
Non-abrasive dish soap (Dawn is always a good option) will often be enough to remove the basic buildup on any faucet.
Use a toothbrush (an old one or a cheap one will suffice), to do any scrubbing.
Wet the toothbrush with hot water, and then apply a small drop of dish soap to the brush.
Scrub the faucet area, including any area around the sink where grime has built up as the result of water residue. The brush will get into hard to reach places, especially behind the faucet and in any grout around the sink.
It will also get into the faucet itself, removing hidden grime from the spout. Take a damp paper towel to wipe away the soap.
Finally, wipe down with a dry cloth to prevent water spots.
Moderate cleaning method
For heavier buildup and tarnishing, especially on chrome faucets, a slightly more intense cleaning method may be required. One of the best ingredients for cleaning chrome is white wine vinegar.
More often than not, most households will already have this on hand for cooking. Prepare a small bowl with a mixture of half vinegar and half warm water.
Dip a soft, non-abrasive cloth into the mixture and rub the chrome faucet down. For hard to reach areas, a toothbrush can be used as well.
Lastly, wipe all areas off with a dry cloth to prevent watermarks from appearing.
White wine vinegar can also be used to break down calcium and mineral buildup from a faucet or spray head.
In the case of a spray head, fill a small bowl with a mixture of half vinegar and half warm water.
Next, pull the sprayer out from its resting place and lay it in the bowl of vinegar/water solution.
Leave for about 15 minutes, and then scrub with a toothbrush. All the caked-on buildup will come off quickly and easily.
For the regular faucet, fill a small zip-lock bag with the half vinegar/half water solution and place around the faucet, securing it with a rubber band.
Let soak for 15 minutes, and then remove the bag, scrubbing the faucet with a toothbrush to remove the mineral buildup.
The most important thing to remember when cleaning any faucet or sink is to avoid any abrasive cleaners or scrubbers.
These products will scratch most faucets, and this will not only destroy the appearance of the metal, but it will also make the metal susceptible to buildup and even rust.
Always use gentle cleaners and gentle cloths when cleaning.
When you want to add extra shine to the chrome, try using a little baby oil on a cotton ball.
This will restore shine to any metal faucet in a safe, gentle way.