How To Clean A Kitchen Faucet: Tips On Using A Squeegee

You don’t need to get fancy with this tutorial.

I’ve got a few things I’d like to point out if you haven’t figured this out for yourself.

The first…

The easiest way to use a wet-sand is to squirt a little detergent into the faucet.

To clean your own countertop, use your kitchen sponge. It has small holes in it that will allow you to wipe down the countertop without drying out the sponge.

If you’re serious about cleaning your kitchen counters, this is also good advice. The holes provide a better surface for applying detergent and your sponge will hold more of the cleaning fluid.

The next thing…

There is no soap. No scouring pads. No cleaning accessories. No nothing.

Wetsand does not include anything for this. You’ll need to purchase some small disposable plastic pieces that you can use to scrub the surface of the faucet.

As a rule of thumb, it is worth getting an inexpensive cleaning kit. You can buy them over at Amazon or at most supermarkets.

To clean a faucet using a sponge…

1. Put one piece of plastic from a plastic counter-sponge into the faucet hole.

2. Wet the plastic pieces that you need to spray into the sink.

3. Use about the same amount of detergent you’d use to clean a sponge. (See the note above.

A note about the detergent…

Your detergent should not have any water/scrubbing properties.

Most commercial cleaning products have water/scrubbing properties that are not compatible with a faucet and countertops.

Also…

A good rule of thumb is to purchase a detergent that has 1 part cleaner to 5 parts soap or detergent. Generally speaking I have found the following brands/sizes works well:

Citrus & Rose: 6 parts water /1 part detergent

Laundry Detergent/Detergent: 7 parts water /2 parts detergent

Bath & Shower Detergent: 6 parts water /1 part detergent

Soap & Vinegar: 10 parts water /2 parts detergent

If you have some of the following types of stains…

Borax

Tobacco/Ketone

Sulfuric Acid

Triclosan

If you’ve tried and tried to remove them with the following methods… 

The chemicals you use are very dangerous and may do more harm than good (read: more damage to your faucet). 

You can try soaking it in a solution of baking soda or a mixture of lemon and water. If you think this method won’t work, try adding a little water to the mixture. If you can’t remove any of the odor, then this won’t work.

Some other good choices are…

1/4 part vinegar

2 parts baking soda. (This doesn’t seem to work, but it has worked me well. It is a good idea to spray the faucet and then take a swab and wipe dry. If it’s still too smelly, spray again, then wait.)

Sprinkle a little bit of dish soap onto the faucet edge.

Use a cotton swab. Wet, swab the faucet edge and wipe dry with a paper towel (it has a coating on it that is not friendly to the chemicals and you want to wash it off). Once the detergent is in and the detergent is gone, rinse and repipe the edges. This works well if you want to remove the stain and not just scrub off some residue.

The faucet will be dry in about 15-25 seconds. Let your faucet dry completely.

You will also need to clean any spills using a paper towel. (If you accidentally spill something on that paper towel, don’t use it to clean the stains.)

Use a rag soaked in warm water. If the rag is soaked in dish detergent, you’ll have to use a different rag because the dish detergent will ruin the rag. If your rag is wet from an actual stain then use water and clean your rag.

It’s hard to put a hard and fast rule on which methods will work best, and we don’t know enough to say with certainty that these methods will destroy the hard cleaning properties of a faucet. (See tips above.)

Just know that you do not have to go all out. One clean rag will do. Use it sparingly.