How To Remove A Sink Aerator | Removing An Aerator From A Faucet With Housing

Welcome to, your go-to destination for all your faucet aerator needs. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the process of removing a sink aerator, specifically focusing on those housed within a faucet. Whether you're a seasoned DIY enthusiast or tackling this task for the first time, we've got you covered.

Step One: Preparation is Key

Before diving in, ensure a smooth process by preparing your workspace. Cover the drain with a towel to catch any small parts that might slip through during the aerator removal. You have the option to use a pair of pliers or a sticky pad for a secure grip in the upcoming steps.

Step Two: Aerator-Removal Technique

Grab your chosen tool, whether it's pliers or a sticky pad, and let's get started. Use the sticky pad to grip the housing securely, then turn it counterclockwise. If you opt for pliers, cover the housing with the towel to protect the finish, grip it firmly, and turn counterclockwise to remove the aerator.

Pro Tip: If the aerator is in good condition, a simple rinse and debris wipe might be all it needs for reinstallation. However, if you encounter heavy buildup or the aerator is showing signs of wear, it could be the perfect time for a replacement.

Step Three: Measure for Success

To ensure you get the right replacement, measure across the base of your housing from edge to edge. This method also applies when measuring drop-in aerators. Be sure to use millimeters for precise sizing. If you're having trouble with a stubborn aerator, check out our troubleshooting videos available on

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