If the water sprays out of the faucet in all directions, the faucet is calcified. In most cases it is sufficient to thoroughly clean the so-called aerator.
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The aerator is often overlooked when cleaning the house, both in the kitchen and in the bathroom. But it is precisely this part of the faucet that ensures that the water gushes out of the faucet in a steady stream. Here you can find out exactly how cleaning the aerator works and what home remedies you need.
What is an aerator?
The correct name of the aerator is actually aerator, aerator or mixing nozzle. Perlator is just the brand name for a well-known product from Neoperl. The aerator reduces the water flowing through the tap and mixes it with air. This makes the water jet wider and more even, which also saves water and electricity.
An aerator consists of a mouthpiece and a seal. The material used is mostly metal, but sometimes also plastic. The following step-by-step instructions show you the best way to go about cleaning.
Unscrew the aerator
To make cleaning easier for you, first unscrew the aerator on the tap. You can try to loosen the aerator with your hands.
If that doesn’t work, use pliers to help. You should cushion the aerator with a cloth so that the pliers do not scratch it.
If the aerator is so calcified that it cannot be removed, first wrap a cloth soaked in vinegar around it. After an exposure time of one to two hours, the aerator should finally be able to be unscrewed.
The right home remedies
Two well-known home remedies have proven to be particularly effective in cleaning the aerator: citric acid and vinegar essence. Mix some water with the home remedy of your choice in a bowl and put the aerator including the sieve in it. However, the sealing ring should not be inserted as the acid would attack the material. Just rinse it off with warm water.
Depending on the degree of calcification, leave the aerator in the vinegar or citric acid mixture for several hours. Softened lime residue can then be easily removed with an old toothbrush.
Finally, rinse the aerator with clear water and screw it back onto the tap.
Descale aerator without unscrewing
If you can’t get the aerator unscrewed or don’t want to unscrew it, you can try cleaning it from the outside with a balloon. First fill the balloon with vinegar essence or citric acid. Then put the balloon over the tap and fill it up with water. Alternatively, you can also use a bag and fix it to the tap with a rubber band.
Let the whole thing soak for several hours and then remove the lime residue with an old toothbrush. To clean the strainer, use your toothbrush to apply a mixture of vinegar and baking soda.
Tip: For thorough cleaning, we recommend unscrewing the aerator. This way you can remove the dirt inside the sieve much more easily and effectively.
How often does the aerator have to be descaled?
The aerator should be cleaned at regular intervals so that the water flows out of the tap evenly. If the water is only slightly calcareous, once a year is sufficient. If you have harder water, you should decalcify the aerator more often.
Tip: Just look at the water jet as an indication. If the water splashes in all directions, you should take a closer look at the aerator and clean it if necessary.
If you soak a heavily calcified aerator in vinegar or citric acid, you can still get excellent results. However, from time to time you should consider replacing the old aerator with a new one.
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