There are a few places in the home that are a hive for bacteria and germs, and one of these places is the kitchen and bathroom taps.

We use kitchen and bathroom taps to clean our hands, but because we touch the handles on the taps with great regularity, and because we touch these handles while our hands are still dirty, they can be a breeding ground for all sorts of nasties which left untouched could cause tummy upsets or worse illnesses.

However, many people don’t pay careful consideration to taps when cleaning their home and only give them a cursory wipe over whilst wiping down the sink and adjacent items. Taps should be considered as an individual item when cleaning the home and should be cleaned properly to ensure they don’t harbour any harmful germs.

The taps in your bathroom or kitchen should be washed using a cleaning spray or detergent and then wiped clean. Many people choose to use anti-bacterial sprays in these areas and they do work well. It’s important to remember to clean the tap handles thoroughly as well as the neck of the tap and the spout. Dirt can congregate around any small crevices so it’s important to make sure these are cleaned also. To give your tap the best clean a very soft toothbrush can be used to get into all the hard-to-reach areas. For a high gloss finish on chrome taps you can buy specialist chrome cleaners to buff up the tap to get it looking like new.