A freshly cleaned sink faucet that shines in the light can make your kitchen or bathroom look like it’s worth a million dollars. However, as with most things, sink faucets do not stay clean forever, and eventually the dreaded build-up of grime and gunk will return.
Along with unpleasant grime, sink fixtures are prone to microbial growth. Certain types of microbes can have a negative impact on your faucets, as they have the potential to cause problems such as surface stains and odors. As these sink fixtures regularly pump out hot water, a hot and humid environment is created that microbes thrive within. Given the right conditions, it takes as little as twenty minutes for the microbes to double their numbers on the surface of your kitchen and bathroom faucets. While a microbial contamination on your sink fixtures can be a problem at home, it can be a serious issue within public areas such as hospitals and communal toilets. Microbes that are growing on the surface of publicly used faucets can be easily transmitted and spread to the general public if the sink fixtures are left unclean.
Cleaning sink faucets can be difficult due to their finish and often awkward shape. However, leaving them unclean for long periods of time can result in them becoming very dull and increases their chances of becoming contaminated with microbes. Using the right cleaning products can not only make the cleaning process easier for you, but is vitally important to ensure that the faucet finish is not damaged. If your bathroom and kitchen sink fixtures are looking particularly dirty and you’d like to make them shine again, we’ve compiled our top four tips to help you understand how best to clean them.
1. Know the finish of your faucet
Understanding the finish of your sink fixtures is vital as this determines which cleaning products and tools are best to complete the job. Check the finish of your faucet with the manufacturer and ask them which cleaning tool they’d recommend to clean it. Using scrub sponges or abrasive brushes is not a good idea for most finishes. In most cases, a cleaning cloth will suffice.1
2. Try dish soap and warm water to clean the faucet
If your faucets aren’t particularly dirty, using dish soap and warm water with a cleaning cloth will work more often than not2. Simply rub the sink fixture down with the dish soap and dry with an unused cleaning cloth. Buff the faucet with the dry cloth to make it shine.
3. To remove a build-up of grime, try using white vinegar
If your sink fixtures have a bad grime problem that won’t budge, you’ll want to use white vinegar. Add half a cup of white vinegar to half a cup of hot water and dip a cleaning cloth into the solution.2 Test the solution on a small section of your faucet to ensure that it does not damage the fixture’s finish, before you go ahead and rub the solution over the grime.
4. A toothbrush and baking soda can help to remove stains
Baking soda is great at cleaning most surfaces. We’d recommend applying a small amount of baking soda to an old toothbrush and adding a very small drop of water. Scrub around your kitchen and bathroom faucets with the solution applied to the toothbrush to remove nasty stains.1
Additional advice: Purchase sink hardware with antimicrobial protection
Microbe growth on faucets can be a real problem, both in the home and in public facilities. However, sink fixtures can now be manufactured with antimicrobial technology built in. Explore Moen faucets with built-in Microban protection. This provides a protection to the surface of your sink faucets as it works to inhibit the growth of microbes. A key benefit is that the technology does not wash off or wipe away, and can help to keep your bathroom and kitchen sink fixtures hygienic between cleans.