I posted this picture on Instagram last week and asked whether this was something others did when they cleaned their bathrooms or whether I had gone overboard.
Some of you agreed it was a bit over the top, but then others of you admitted you would love to have been able to clean under the taps flanges like I had.
I thought I’d share how to clean under tap flanges and why it’s important if you have a typical capstan style tapware like I do.
Firstly, undoing the buttons (the hexagonal tops with ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ written on them) and flanges (the bell shaped bottoms sitting on the basin) keeps them easy to undo when it’s time for the plumber to come and replace the washers or spindles.
I suggest cleaning under the taps once every 6 to 12 months or when you can’t stand the site of the brown green lime scale that develops over time under the flange.
In some cases, more modern taps that require a pronged allen key to undo the handle in order to remove the flange may be a bit more tricky to undo.
I wouldn’t suggest doing this with mixer taps as you need to disconnect the water supply to remove the mixer to clean underneath and in most cases, little water or soap gets trapped under a mixer tap because it is firmly sealed into the basin or sink. Flanges are hollow, hence why water and soap freely seep underneath and sit to create the lime scale.
If you are confident at removing the button, handle and flange, all that is needed is some bicarb soda and vinegar poured around where the marks have occurred and scrub away the marks. Sometimes you may need to use a flat head screw driver to scrape the lime scale off. This won’t damage the ceramic basin. If it does, it is easily covered by the flange anyway.