Faucet Spigot CleaningThe very end of your sink and bathtub faucet both have filters built into them to catch gunk and sediment that come up from the pipes. You need to clean that out regularly so that your water flow is strong and so you're not bathing in or drinking gunky water!
The first step is to unscrew the head of the faucet. This is usually the last half inch or so of the faucet, where the water comes out. You should be able to see the line where the head connects to the faucet body. Get a thin towel - we use a microfiber towel - and a set of pliers. Put the towel between the pliers and the faucet head so that you don't scratch the faucet. Clamp down the pliers and gently turn them clockwise (when you're looking down at the faucet from above). The head part should unscrew after a few soft tugs.
There's a metal mesh filter in that circular area, and if you haven't cleaned this in a while it could easily be full of little rocks, gunk and even mold! Nasty stuff.
Rinse out the filter and then drop the entire unit in a bowl of vinegar. You want to soak this overnight so that it gets nice and clean. It's good to do this at least once a year - more often if you find it is really full of gunk after a year.
For the shower head, it's often easier to fill a baggie up with vinegar, then use a rubber band to attach the baggie around the shower head right where it is (without removing the shower head). Just let it sit there overnight. The same is true for the bathtub spigot - often it's easier to just soak that in place by using a baggie.
Here are photos of our upstairs bathroom sink spigot head, downstairs bathroom sink spigot head, kitchen sink spigot head and kitchen sink sprayer head. All four are being soaked in vinegar. The black gunk on the yellow microfiber towel next to them came from just one of the heads!
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