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How to clean a faucet aerator


Step 1. Dry and wrap the aerator with masking tape to protect the finish. Adjust channel-type pliers to fit comfortably over the aerator and twist the aerator counterclockwise to loosen.

 

Step 2. Finish unscrewing the aerator by hand then gently prod apart its components with your finger or a needle or other pointed tool. Be careful to lay out pieces in the order they fit together and in the correct up/down orientation. T P: Turn on the water while the aerator is removed to flush any built-up materials out the spout.

 

Step 3. Clean parts with white vinegar and a toothbrush. Soften mineral deposits by soaking overnight in the vinegar. Replace the aerator at a hardware store or home center if parts are dam aged or difficult to clean. A standard replacement aerator has both male and female threads and fits most faucets, but take in your old aerator in case yours is a non-standard size.

 

Step 4. Reassemble the aerator exactly as it came apart and hand-tighten it onto the spout. Remove the tape. Replace the aerator if it still doesn’t work right.

 

 

 

 

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