Clean your aerator in 5 steps

5 Tips to bring your faucet aerator back to life

5 Tips to bring your faucet aerator back to life

Like the faucet and sink sprayers age, they will most likely begin to lose water pressure from built-up lime deposits on the internal parts.   Should you notice this happening,  following these five steps will help you not have to buy new equipment.

These five steps are the same for either your faucet aerator or the sprayer’s aerator.
It is important to note that for this type of fix you usually will not have to buy any repair parts unless after you disassemble the aerator and notice that it is beyond this kind of cleaning.  More times than not you should be OK.

List of tools for this cleaning is as follows:

– Pliers

– Tape ( masking or duct tape will work fine)

– Paperclip or hairpin

– Bristle brush ( wire or even an old tooth-brush will do )

– Vinegar ( White )

Here is a unique tip to help you out.  Whenever you start to take apart anything you want to take pictures at each step or at least write down how you do it.  Have an old clean cloth that you can use to lay your parts out for easy retrieval.

Step One

First, take a piece of tape and wrap a layer around the aerator so that you do not scratch it or damage it while attempting removal.  Gently grasp the aerator with your pliers and rotate it clockwise until it loosens, at which time you can finish the removal with your fingers.  Do not remove the tape.

Step Two

Now you need to take apart the aerator you just removed.  Usually, you can just push the internal parts out of the housing with your paper clip or hairpin.  There are many types of aerator although they all typically contain a small screen and an o-ring or washer, and some may also have a plastic part as well.

Should the parts be stuck and badly corroded, you will need to make a one to one solution with your white vinegar and water.  Now use this solution to soak the aerator for 20 minutes up to one hour. If it’s awful, you will need to get a stronger solution like a lime dissolver/remover to complete this task.

With the parts now lose you can separate them on to your cloth.

Step Three

Next, you need to take each part one at a time and gently brush them clean using your wire brush or old tooth-brush.  Pay particular attention to not damage the screen(s) or other parts while doing this.

Step Four

Take all the parts and rinse them thoroughly in preparation for reassembling.  Here is where you will need the pictures you took to help put everything back together in the reverse order in which you took them apart.  For something like this though you will only have a few pieces.

Step Five

You are at your last step which is to put it all back together and test it to make sure all is good.  Take the assembled aerator from the previous level 4 and hand tighten it back onto the faucet or sprayer.  Then using the pliers carefully give it a very slight turn to make it a snug fit.  Now you can remove the protective tape and clean up any residue left from the tape.

All you have to do is turn on the water and make sure you have your water pressure back.  Should you have funny water flow, it probably is because you did not place the screen or the plastic part incorrectly.Yea you did it now you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done.  Please take the time to look at my sight as I have another step by step tutorials to help you with all your household needs.  I am continually updating so come back often, and if the subscription box is open, you are welcome to sign-up for my newsletter for free helpful tips around the house and yard.

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