Faucet and Shower Tips
How to Increase the Water Flow From a Shower Head
New shower heads have a flow restrictor to conserve water. To increase the water flow, remove the flow restrictor:
- Unscrew the swivel connector from the top of the shower head.
- Turn the swivel connector upside down.
- Push a screwdriver through the swivel connector to pop out the small, round, plastic flow restrictor.
How to Clean a Polished Brass PVD or Satin Nickel PVD Faucet
In general, any cleaning product that can be used on chrome can be used on PVD finishes.
Before using a cleaner, read the instructions, contents, and cautions before using it.
As with any decorative surface, with proper care, your faucet will retain its shine for years to come.
The PVD finish of our faucets does not require the extraordinary effort needed to maintain most fine decorative finishes.
Do not use pads or sponges that are not recommended for cleaning polished surfaces. Review the usage instructions of scour pads or scrub sponges, before using them on your faucets.
Caution: Many cleaning pads or sponges with a green fibrous surface (such as Scotch-Brite™ heavy duty scrub sponges) contain microscopic mineral particles that can scratch nearly all decorative and polished surfaces, including the finish on your faucets.
Rinse any strong cleaners off immediately after use, to maintain the luster of the PVD finish.
Mild scrubbing with fine steel wool (0000 grade) can remove built up dirt or water stains.
Water spots can be wiped off with a soft cloth dampened with water or glass cleaner.
How to Attach a Ceramic Button
To re-attach a ceramic button, use a two-part epoxy adhesive that is strong, waterproof, clear, and quick drying, such as Gorilla epoxy adhesive.
Installing New Faucet Cartridges
To properly install new faucet cartridges, you should:
- Clean any limescale (hard water mineral deposits) on the top of the faucet valve, because it could prevent a proper seal between the bottom of the cartridge and the top of the valve.
Prepare a 50/50 solution of distilled clear vinegar and water in a container (for excessive limescale buildup, use undiluted distilled clear vinegar). Soak a cloth in the solution. Place the soaked cloth on top of the valve and let it sit for several hours. Then use an old toothbrush to remove any remaining calcium deposits.
- Install the new cartridge, making sure not to under-tighten or over-tighten the cartridge.