Kitchen taps are often in contact with humans multiple times a day, may it be to fill cups of water, washing the dishes and utensils, or for just cooking or cleaning purposes. Due to its regular use, it becomes quite a dirty place. If it is not cleaned and maintained from time to time it could get messy.
In fact, kitchen taps are breeding grounds for lime, mildew, and even molds, which not only are ghastly to look at but are quite dangerous to human health as well. Weekly cleaning of taps must be performed to get rid of these contaminants.
On that note, below are mentioned a few ways one can clean high-quality kitchen taps properly.
Dry using a soft cloth
High-quality kitchen taps cannot be scrubbed over aggressively. Hence, to avoid leading it to a state where rough cleaning is involved, ensure you wipe over your tap with a soft cloth after every use.
A microfibre cloth or a soft sponge are some of the best products to wipe with after cleaning on most finishes. Only in the case of a gold tap must one invest in a chamois leather cloth for the purpose of wiping. Using these avoids leaving scratches or any other marks on the taps.
Cover metal finishes while cleaning
While cleaning mirrors, tiles, and countertops, the metal finishes of the tap may have water splash on them. While cleaning the taps, water rinsed over it may also get it wet.
Thus, these metal finishes must be dried or covered with a towel so as to avoid rusting. Furthermore, the moisture that has been left unattended after rinsing has a high chance of converting itself into a breeding ground for microbes.
Utilize mild solutions for cleaning
When cleaning high-quality taps, which OLTSW is a major provider of, ensure that no abrasive liquids are in close proximity, as they could cause corrosion. Thus, when cleaning, use a combination of lukewarm water and a mild pH-neutral liquid soap over the surface, followed by it being wiped over with a soft clean cloth.
Abrasive cleaning solutions that contain ingredients such as hydrochloric acid, formic acid, acetic acid, and chlorine must be avoided. Rough sponges and scrubbers must be avoided as well.
Rinse of residues immediately
A common mistake that many make is that they wait for their weekly cleaning routine to get rid of the residues left behind after brushing one’s teeth, washing one’s hand, and other forms of personal hygiene.
These residues are caused by shampoo, toothpaste, and even soap. After every use of the sink and tap, rinse the fittings with water immediately and gently wipe them over with a clean unused microfibre cloth. This will thus prevent one from being faced with some intense scrubbing at the end of the week, which in turn could damage the quality of the taps.
Avoid getting bleach/ harsh cleaners on taps
Bleach and certain other cleaners are abrasive in nature. It may accidentally occur that the bleach or cleaner being used for other parts of the kitchen may splash onto these fittings.
If bleach does fall on the taps, ensure that the taps as well as other nearby fixtures are rinsed thoroughly and then dried. To avoid this entire scenario from happening, ensure that you cover your taps with a cloth or towel prior to cleaning the surrounding areas of the taps.
Do not mix different cleaning products together
Many assume that mixing different products and then using them on your kitchen taps is going to yield a higher efficiency when it comes to getting the taps clean. This is not at all true. In fact, it is quite the opposite.
One must follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully while using these products. This includes paying heed to the application time as well as the dosage required for cleaning purposes.
Use a citric acid-based cleaning solution to get rid of limescale
Limescale not only looks displeasing but is also very unhygienic. Getting rid of them is quite a challenge. Therefore, it is very important to know the right ingredients to be used to get rid of it.
Using a citric acid-based cleaning agent is the perfect way to get rid of limestone, but ensure that it is not used on the taps in its concentrated form. The cleaning agent must first be applied to the area containing the limescale following which it must be left to work its magic for no more than an hour.
Following this, the area must be rinsed with clean water. Use a dry and clean cloth to wipe away all the residues that may have accumulated.
Installing a high-quality kitchen tap is quite expensive, especially if it is not maintained and repaired well. Not taking care of it, not only would require you to get it replaced regularly, but also create unhygienic surroundings for you.
Thus, it is best to follow a certain cleaning schedule regularly so as to maintain and keep your high-quality kitchen taps clean. Hope the above-mentioned tips helped you out in this regard.