What is a Kitchen Faucet?
Kitchen faucets are devices designed to deliver water from plumbing systems into the kitchen sinks. A kitchen would be a kitchen without a faucet because this is what you use to wash food, do dishes, water plants and for some, even bathing a baby. With all these uses, a faucet needs to function properly in order for you to use it and for that to happen, it has to be clean.
How Do You Clean A Kitchen Faucet?
When it comes to kitchen faucets, there is more than meets the eye. In fact, a clean, shiny faucet can make your kitchen look like a million bucks. However, just like everything else in and out of the kitchen, your sink faucet will not stay that clean forever. Grime and gunk will reappear quite soon and you will need to clean again. Now, if you have been having trouble cleaning your faucet, let us explore a few tips that will make your work easier shall we.
Top Kitchen Faucet Cleaning Tips
- Intense cleaning- If dish soap does not do the trick, white vinegar will. You can mix half water with half vinegar and use a cleaning cloth to remove any water spots as well as fingerprints. In case you are not sure, what finish the faucet is, test the vinegar first on a hidden area to avoid damaging your faucet.
- Clean the drain- The drain needs most of the cleaning and you should use a non-abrasive cleaner for it. It will be a great idea to test the cleaner to avoid damages.
- Cleaning around the edges- You can use an old toothbrush, which will work wonders on cleaning the edges where the faucet and the sink meet. Dish soap and some water will do well here and remember to wipe dry with a cleaning cloth after washing.
- Baking soda- some baking soda on a toothbrush will remove stains quite well.
What You Should Know about Brass Faucets
However, as great as brass kitchen faucets are, they have one downside that cannot be overlooked, unless of course, you are hoping to get an antique and charming look out of them. You see, brass, as stylish as it tends to tarnish, and there is very little that can be done about this if anything.
In case you still have not bought the faucet yet and you really want brass, the best thing you can do is get a non-tarnish brass faucet. This will save you a lot of trouble because if not, your brass faucet will need cleaning and polishing, very regularly. However, if you already have a brass tarnished faucet, you have to clean it anyway for it to keep looking and functioning as it should, and there are several ways to achieve that goal.
How to Clean a Brass Kitchen Faucet
The wipe down routine
- An easy way to keep your brass faucet clean is by wiping it dry after use. You can either do it with a dump cloth or one with soapy water but ensure you dry it after that.
Use a microfiber cleaning cloth
- A clean lint free cloth does great for brass and what better than a microfiber cloth. With some grease, buff your faucet and you will be amazed at the result.
- You read that right. Ketchup has some mild acid due to the tomatoes. Rub some of it on your faucet using a cleaning cloth then rinse well after that. If the faucet is dirty, you can apply the ketchup and leave rest for a few minutes before rinsing.
Lemon and salt
- Lemons also have acid in them, which is what cleans brass really well. Sprinkle half a lemon with salt, scrub your faucet with that lemon then rinse off and buff until it shines again.
For a heavier tarnish
- For heavy tarnish, you can use lemon juice mixed with two parts tartar cream. Apply the mixture on your faucet and let it rest for a while then rinse, buff and dry.
Chemical brass cleaners
- Buy the right type of brass cleaner depending on the amount of tarnish on your faucet and clean with it. Ensure you read all the instructions or take a picture of your faucet to a store and ask for assistance on choosing the best cleaner.
Rosalie is the founder of UnderRoofs where she and her associates blog about the best home & kitchen, tip & tricks, and finest tech that will help you make exquisite in your home. she gathers and shares tips on how to improve home and kitchen for you to be able to make the most out of it.