The kitchen is the heart of the home. This is the room where you prepares meals and get together with families members. Because you spend so much time in the kitchen, the kitchen faucet need to be functional and work all year round.
Repairing and maintenance the kitchen faucets are easier than ever before and can be done by a plumber. Rubber rings can be easily replaced at home when needed. Before working on the sink, turn off the water and cover the drains. Properly cleaning and maintaining your faucet will extend the life and keep it in good working order.
Check the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning the finish. Most can be cleaned with mild soap and water or window cleaner. Don’t use harsh cleaning products, which can damage the finish. Polish matte finishes with a furniture polishes. Check the label to be sure the product you use is safe for the material of your fixtures.
Installation of new faucet
If you decide to install a new faucet in the kitchen, then they are easier to install than older models. Most manufacturers include all connections and fittings needed to install the unit yourself. Complete installation instructions are included with the faucet. Look for complete kits that come with the flexible hoses needed to attach to your water supply. If these aren’t included, you will need to purchase them separately. Don’t be alarmed if you notice particles in the water when you finish installation. This is just particles trapped in the fixture from manufacturing and installation. They will rinse clear if you let the water run for a few minutes.
Styles of Faucets
Another consideration when looking into kitchen faucet is whether its match the decor of the kitchen as they are now available in a range of finishes and styles to match every home.
Some of the available finishes include:
+ Brass (natural is more popular than polished)
+ Weathered brass
+ Antique copper
+ Brushed nickel
+ Stainless steel
The brushed and weathered look is more popular than the shiny, polished finishes. The polished chrome faucet is most often used in contemporary style kitchens now. Elaborate Victorian designs are available for more formal looking kitchens. Their use as a design feature has resulted in fixtures being one of the most popular upgrades for people purchasing a new home.
If your home has boring fixtures that seem out of date or don’t match your home, replacing them is easy and inexpensive. Just make it part of a small home improvement and decoration project. The price for replacements varies and the finish plays a role in the price. Chrome is the least expensive and most durable material used. Other materials can be quite a bit more expensive and require extra care. A plumber can do the job for you in about fifteen minutes.