How to Clean Delta Bronze Faucets
Delta bronze faucets offer an elegant alternative to traditional stainless steel or chrome finishes. Bronze faucets are available for kitchens and bathrooms, and can be used in sinks, bathtubs or showers. To keep bronze faucets in the best possible condition, it is important to clean them regularly.
Things You Will Need
- Lint-free rags
- Old toothbrush
Homeowners will need to clean inside the faucet to ensure they will continue to operate properly, as well as outside the faucet to help maintain the bronze finish.
Cleaning the Outside of the Faucet
Blot water off the surface of the faucet as often as possible instead of letting it dry. Use a lint-free rag to remove the water daily or as needed to dry the faucet and prevent mineral build-up.
Wipe the faucet with a damp sponge to remove fingerprints, dirt or small amounts of mineral build-up. Buff the faucet with a lint-free rag to dry it and restore the natural shine.
Clean hard water deposits and mineral build-up using vinegar. Mix vinegar and warm water in a bucket in a 50/50 ratio. Dip a sponge in the bucket and use it to scrub the faucet. Wipe the faucet clean with a damp rag or sponge to remove all vinegar, then dry it using a soft cloth.
Cleaning the Inside of the Faucet
Twist off the aerator and the gasket from the tip of the faucet. On newer units, it will screw off by hand. On older units, you may have to use a pair of pliers to remove the aerator; wrap a rag around the pliers first so you don't scratch the finish of the faucet.
Turn the water on to flush out the faucet once the aerator is removed. Keep the water running for two to three minutes so all debris will flow out.
Scrub the aerator using a toothbrush dipped in your vinegar and water solution. Rinse the aerator with clean water once you have removed all dirt and debris.
Turn off the water and screw the aerator back onto the faucet by hand. Use your pliers as needed, making sure to wrap a rag around the plier teeth first to protect the bronze finish on the faucet.
Emily Beach works in the commercial construction industry in Maryland. She received her LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008 and is in the process of working towards an Architectural Hardware Consultant certification from the Door and Hardware Institute. She received a bachelor's degree in economics and management from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.