Faucet Aerator Cleaning

Faucet Aerator Cleaning

Learn how to clean a faucet aerator in this Invitation Homes "Know Your Home" video.


Hi, I’m Lance with Invitation Homes, and today, we’re going to talk about how to clean your faucet aerator.

Aerators are simple inserts that fit inside the end of the faucet’s chrome cap. Tiny holes in the aerator create a soft flow that minimizes splashing, but small particles in the water can eventually block the holes in the aerator screen causing weak water pressure from your faucet. To unclog the aerator, first close or cover the sink drain so that you don’t lose the parts. Next, place a towel or rag over the aerator housing cap. This keeps the surface from being harmed. Then use a pair of pliers to gently unscrew the cap counterclockwise until it separates from the faucet. Remove the aerator screen and restrictor, then clean by flushing them with water.

You may need to use a brush or push through the tiny holes in the screen with a needle or pin to unclog. Be sure you pay attention to the way the inserts are arranged, because you will have to replace these parts in the same sequence and position when you reassembled the aerator. Reassemble the aerator in the reverse order and screw it back onto the faucet. Then turn on the water to make sure the problem is solved.

If you would like additional tips about your home, check out the Know Your Home video series on our website at KnowYourHome.IHRent.com.

Thanks for watching!