Taps are very important contributors to the overall hygiene state of any washroom or kitchen. If you have ever noticed that most toilet users use them (those who don’t will pass the germs on to the door handle – More on this later). All taps suffer from 3 common problems:
- Limescale build up – limescale is caused by the water’s hardness level. Limescale are not harmful but can be unpleasant to look at ( see more on water hardness here)
- Soap and Dirt buildup on the screw knob – generally caused in areas such as factories where users have been working around some form of dirt.
- Grime buildup at tap joint with the sink.
All of the above can be very annoying but we have noticed that the lurking of dirt at taps connecting joint can be overlooked easily. It is also a great indication of the true state of cleanliness of the washroom/bathroom or kitchen. Below is a typical tap, with heavy grime at the joint. This means the dirt had washed its way to the joint from the top of the knob after each use.
To clean your tap (whether kitchen or bathroom etc) here is what you need to do first.
- Spray the tap with a non toxic washroom or bathroom cleaner.
- Find yourself a cheap or an unused toothbrush rated “Firm”.
- Use the brush to remove grime around the joint (which would have been hard to reach with a normal sponge)
After the joint is properly brushed, focus on using the scouring sponge to remove all dirt on the actual tap. Focus on the knob also. Make sure you give it an all rounded scrub. You will notice (just like in the picture below) that stubborn limescale stains can still remain after this stage, this is when you need the lime scale remover.
After applying the limescale remover you will need to leave it for some time (depending on the instruction written by manufacturer). Ones this stage is all complete give your tap a thorough wash down and use a clean microfibre cloth to give the shiny surface an “well deserved” polish.
Any tap that has been cleaned properly must be:
- Grime free at the joints,
- Hygienically cleaned from top to bottom
- Shiny – This is not less important than the others because it is the shine that draws the attention of eye to the fact that “it’s a clean tap”. Without it, it will not be obvious the tap was cleaned or that the bathroom was properly cleaned.
- Removable limescale should be removed
So now you know how to clean your taps properly, We hope you enjoy doing more cleaning from now on!