Modern Fixes: How to clean a tap cartridge

Cleaning the cartridge inside your tap can help prevent limescale and particle build-up which, over time, can affect the flow of water.

In the first of our Modern Fixes articles, we’ll show you how to clean a tap cartridge. It’s really easy to do and could help improve the performance of your tap.

Tools you’ll need:

  • Adjustable spanner
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips head screwdriver

Tools you'll need

You’ll also need:

  • Toothbrush
  • Vinegar
  • Bowl or container
  • Clean cloth

Before you begin:

  • Fill a bowl or container with a mix of half water/half vinegar
  • Turn off your water supply

Step-by-step video

For demonstration purposes, the tap used in this video is The Bath Co. Camberley basin mixer tap.

Here’s how to clean a tap cartridge

  1. Remove the tap head using the screwdriver and then the cartridge retaining nut underneath.

Remove the tap head

  1. Using your spanner, take out the tap cartridge.

Take out the tap cartridge

  1. Soak the cartridge in a mix of half vinegar and half water for 10 minutes.

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  1. Take your old toothbrush and gently clean the inside of the tap.

Clean the inside of the tap

  1. Give the cartridge a scrub, rinse with fresh water and pat dry with a clean cloth.

  2. Put the cartridge back into the tap and replace the cartridge retaining nut.

Replace the cartridge

  1. Finally, screw on the tap head ensuring not to overtighten.

Screw on the tap head

Congratulations, you’ve now cleaned your ceramic tap cartridge.

More DIY advice

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Check out our Switches and Fixes hub for more easy tasks that’ll help improve both the look and functionality of your bathroom.