Faucet Spray Screen
Cleaning Instructions

How to clean a kitchen
faucet spray screen.

Kitchen Faucet
Strainer Screen

Kitchen Faucet.

Sink Faucet
Strainer Screen

Most kitchen sink faucets have
a strainer screen as part of the
aerator and straining device.

In time, this screen will
eventually plug up with
mineral, lime and other
deposits, reducing or
stopping the flow of water.

Particles that lodge in the
strainer screen can become
a place for bacteria to grow.

If you have an inline water
filter in place, during the
change of a carbon filter,
the flushing may dislodge
some loose carbon particles
in the filter wash, and end
up in the strainer screen.

Clean the strainer screen
every time you change
the carbon water filter.

Symptoms of a dirty aerator
are poor water pressure,
and irregular spray pattern
of the water spray.

Faucet Strainer
Screen Cleaning

The tools needed to clean
the strainer screen are pliers,
masking tape, old tooth
brush, and white vinegar.

Plug the drain so no small
parts could drop into the

You do not need to turn off
the water supply to clean the
strainer screen, do not run
the water while working
on the faucet.

Wrap the aerator device
with masking tape to
prevent scratches to the
finish. Unscrew the aerator
device located on the end
of the faucet, the strainer
screen is located within the
aerator device.

Use a slip-joint, channel-lock
pliers, or vise grip pliers to
remove. looking from the
bottom up, turn it
anti-clockwise to remove, watch
for a small spring and parts
behind the aerator device.

Place the strainer parts,
screen, and spring in order
on a piece of paper towel.

For high mineral content,
soak the parts in white
vinegar for several minutes
before brushing with
an old tooth brush.

Use an old tooth brush to
scrub out the screen and
wash with plenty of water.

To place the unit back on
the faucet, reverse the
procedure of removing
the unit.

Note the small pointed end
of small spring goes in first.

Strainer unit, pliers and
tapered spring


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