How to Unclog a Faucet Sprayer

What You'll Need
Utility knife
Commercial cleaner
Sand paper

One of the most annoying things in the world is having a faucet sprayer that has low water pressure or that is leaking water. This can cause a big problem due to the fact that things around you can get wet, or it can waste a lot of water if it is not fixed. Sometimes the faucet is simply clogged. Unclogging a faucet is not that really hard at all. All you need to do is use some cleaning supplies that you might have at home, and in no time your faucet sprayer will be working like new.

Step 1 - Remove the Faucet

Once you detach the faucet sprayer from the faucet pipe, take the faucet sprayer apart so you can look at what is going on inside. These types of faucets usually just twist right off the pipe by firmly twisting it counterclockwise. Depending on your faucet sprayer, you will find that the head has a cap where the water comes out. Unscrew this cap with your hands and look inside to see if there are any deposits of dirt or calcium. Sometimes, all you need to do is to insert a needle inside the holes in order for the water to flow properly.

Step 2 - Soaking the Sprayer

The most likely causes of a clogged faucet is the presence of calcium, lime and rust. These substances can accumulate over years of use, and they can eventually clog your faucet head. For this reason, it is convenient that you buy any type of commercial cleaner designed to remove calcium or lime and rust deposits from metals, shower heads or faucet sprayers. Place the sprayer head on a bowl and mix the cleaner following the cleaner's manufacturers direction. For some cleaners, you will need to just pour the cleaner in a container or to mix it with water.

Step 3 - Using Vinegar

There are many times where you do not need to buy commercial cleaners. Some cleaners are highly corrosive, and they can cause damage to your skin or eyes if they are not properly handled. There are many times when you do not need to buy any cleaning agents. Simply use vinegar if you have some in your house, or you can also buy it. Then, repeat step 2. Add a mix of water and vinegar in a bowl and then proceed to leave the shower head soaking overnight. Using vinegar may not work as well for stubborn buildup, but it is better for the environment.

Step 4 - Knife and Sand Paper

In the case that none of the above steps work, try using sandpaper to sand the inside of the faucet sprayer. This might help get rid of some of the deposit. You can also use the tip of a utility knife to scrape the deposit off.