How to remove the handle on your Kitchen Tap

Just follow these 3 easy steps below to remove the handle on your Kitchen Tap

Removing Indicator from Tap Handle to access screw underneath.

Removing Indicator from Tap Handle to access screw underneath.

Step 1

If the handle has indices (Hot and cold) on it, these can be either screwed off or removed and the screw is underneath to screw off the handle. With a lot of Kitchen Taps the hot and cold indicators on the handles can be “popped” off with a screwdriver or unscrewed by hand. (note: We would strongly recommend trying first with something small e.g very small glasses type screwdriver or your finger nail to avoid scratching the surface finish of your Kitchen Tap.)

Other style taps have a grub screw directly underneath the handle: undo grub screw (be careful not to lose it) and pull off handle.

Removing Handle by Loosening the grub screw underneath with an Alen Key

Removing Handle by Loosening the grub screw underneath with an Alen Key

Step 2

When these are removed you will be able to see a small brass screw in the centre of the handle. If your handle does not have any indices e.g. the H or C is just etched out on the handle, check underneath your handle as there should be a grub screw underneath.

Twisting off Shroud covering the valve (or remove if there is a grub screw underneath that you will loosen wiht Alen Key).

Twisting off Shroud covering the valve (or remove if there is a grub screw underneath that you will loosen with Allen Key).

Step 3

When you have removed the outer handle the inside shroud covering the valve can then be twisted off to uncover the top of your valve. Again sometimes there is a screw underneath this as well that has to be removed before this shroud can be removed. Below in the video is an example of removing a handle and valve hood where the handle is held in position with a grub screw and the hood covering the valve is also held in position with a grub screw.

See our Blog 7 easy steps to change a kitchen valve.

If hood (shroud) is stuck or Handle won’t budge:
Tip 1:Perrin & Rowe recommend for their taps / Franke Triflow models: If you cannot remove the hood (shroud) that covers the valve due to build up of limescale – try soaking it for max 30 mins at a time in a solution of 50% lemon juice and 50% water. You can repeat this as often as required provided that in between you completely wash away the solution. 
Tip 2:
Where Handle has Seized up i.e. Grub screw removed and handle still stuck : You could try Tip 1.  If this doesn’t work, you could try to a lubricant oil like TT Oil or WD40 etc around the joint of the handle.  Then cover the handle in a cloth.  Then turn the handle to “on” and apply reasonable force to pull it off.  If it still won’t move tap it with the likes of a mallet or back of a nail punch etc. This should remove it.  If in doubt, we always recommend consulting a plumber.  

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  1. Len dewing June 14, 2016

    I have a frank bern tap bought just over a year ago it’s started to drip from spout I tried to take out the cold cartridge can’t get a spanner on it .can u help .just wondering is it still under guarantee bought from b&q but can’t find receipt thanks

    • Alice June 14, 2016

      HI Len,
      if you want to email us a picture of where exactly your valve is stuck i.e. what step in the process of removing it, we will look at. Just email it to and mark if FAO Alice.

  2. Len dewing June 14, 2016

    Hi Alice can’t seem to send a photo to your e mail just need to know if I need a special spanner to remove cartridge as only about a millimetre is visible thanks

  3. AMC December 15, 2016

    My handles are stuck to the Valve. Would you know how to loosen it? The small screw was removed long ago, and the handle would not come off.

    Thank you for your help.

    • Alice December 15, 2016

      HI Adela, can you email me a picture of your complete Tap please so we can see what Tap you have? Thanks Alice

      Hi Adela, You have the Ascona Tap.
      If you have removed the grub screw that means that your handle is literally stuck to the valve.
      We suspect that the handle has simply just seized up as it has never had to be removed before.
      You need to turn off her water, apply a lubricant oil or WD40 etc around the joint of the handle, then cover the handle in a cloth. From there you need to turn the handle to “on” and apply reasonable force to pull it off. You could tap it with the likes of a mallet or back of a nail punch etc. This should remove it.

      We always advise: if in doubt please contact a plumber.

  4. Ian April 4, 2017


    I have a San Marco blade tap and have ordered a new valve from you but I am struggling to remove the lever. It is hard to even see if the grub screw is in due to the position of the tap. Can you tell me it is is an allen key fitting and what size it would be?


    • Alice April 9, 2017

      Hi Ian,

      Thank you for your query. To remove the handle you need a small Allen key as the grub screw is on the underside of the Tap handle.

      Kind Regards


  5. Harry May 14, 2017

    I’ve got a leaky Franke Olympus tap (leak is at the lever). Accessing the grub screw is fiddly but I can’t seem to identify the correct size of allen key. Is there a standard for this make?

    • Alice May 18, 2017

      Different versions of the Olympus took different grub screws. You could try a 2mm Allen Key.

  6. Mike Cantab June 27, 2017

    I have a 2 yr old Cooke & Lewis Zale monobloc 2 lever tap which leaks frequently on the warm tap side. How do I fix this?

    • Alice June 27, 2017

      Hi Mike
      you would need to replace the Hot valve. Can you remove your valve and send me pictures of it and also measure the height of your valve and we can see if we have the valve here ? I would also need to know the markings on the valve. Alice

  7. Alistair August 16, 2017

    Hi I have a Franke Kubus Triflow tap (think it may be the earlier model as was fitted around 2010?) the tap is leaking and I was going to remove the cold tap first but I can’t see how to remove the handle as I can’t see a grub screw beneath the handle? Would appreciate any hel;p you can give as don’t want to damage the tap not knowing how to safely remove the handle. Thanks, Alistair

    • Alice August 21, 2017

      Hi Alistair
      here is the information regarding the handle: Pull the handle firmly towards you, and also at the same time slightly upwards to remove the handle from the tap. I will email you full installation guide. Alice

      • Brian King September 4, 2017

        Hi Alice, I’ve had the same problem with my taps…taken the grub screw out,can’t get the handle off. Can you help please ?

        • Alice September 5, 2017

          Hi Brian
          what tap do you have ?
          Kind regards

          • Brian King September 6, 2017

            Abode TAP3582

          • Alice September 13, 2017

            Like the response to the other gentleman just now, we are taking a look here to see if we can help in anyway.

  8. eddie September 12, 2017

    hi i have same prob as brian king above (abode tap3582)am trying wd40 &tapping with mallet.will keep trying for a wee while.could you also let me know solution if any.thanks in anticipation

    • Alice September 13, 2017

      HI Eddie, we honestly do not know why it is stuck. You could try TTOil which penetrates more effectively than WD40 (although be careful regarding tap finish so i would test first on an unseen part of the tap) and in case it is limescale that has caused it to ‘stick’, you could try lemon juice as per this blog here:

  9. eddie September 14, 2017

    ok thanks for your reply .it feels as if the tap lever is fused to the plastic bush beneath .ok thanks again

  10. pete October 9, 2017

    I have a hafelle kitchen tap with a single side-mounted lever (the handle’s very similar to the bottom taphere ). There’s no grub screw to remove the handle. The handle lever (the long thin cylinder) looks as if it’s screwed in but I can’t seem to unscrew it. Any ideas?

    • Alice October 9, 2017

      They are the only two options i.e grub screw or handle screwing out so if you have no grub screw, then your handle must screw out. You could try WD40 or some kind of releasing agent but be careful of the tap finish. It could take the chrome off your tap.

      • pete October 9, 2017

        Thanks. Already used a bit of WD40, so it looks like I just need to get a better grip and apply some extra elbow-grease then. I’ll give it a couple of goes over the next few days .

  11. Avril December 18, 2017

    Hi, I have a Franke Davis J tap, I’ve removed the end caps and screws from the handles but still can’t get the handles off. No sign of any other screws to remove…any ideas what I should do next…WD40 hasn’t worked and the tap is dripping even worse…how do I ‘pull’ the tap off…should it be in the off position.thank yoy

    • Eoin December 18, 2017

      We would recommend a plumber at this stage in case you damage your tap.

  12. charles January 16, 2018

    Hi Alice thank you for the e-mail. unfortunately I am still unsure whether we are supposed to use an allen key on the underside of our tap handles to remove them. We have tried but cannot remove the grub screw (if there is one)? Our tap looks SIMILAR to a Lamona Victorian Regino Elbe Twin lever tap. But we don’t which model for sure.

    • Alice January 16, 2018

      HI Charles, without knowing the brand of your tap I cant give you specific guidance BUT if there is no grub screw (and a mirror will tell you if there is one there or not, or feel with your hand) then usually that means that you need to remove the indicator to get at the screw that is concealed by the indicator.

  13. charles January 16, 2018

    Hi Alice, could I e-mail you a picture of the tap? There is a hole on the underside of the handle but I can’t feel any screw. There’s not much space to work with between tap handle and work surface, so even using a mirror is tricky as it just looks like a black hole. The indicator is part of the handle and definitely cannot be removed

  14. JB January 20, 2018

    I found the general instructions excellent (and Alice’s replies) but cannot for the life of me find any way to remove the chrome shroud with rod/lever to operate “on” or “off” on my Franke Zurich chrome kitchen sink taps, where the cold one has started to drip. Managed easily to prise off the cap that hides the screw and to remove it, but no grub screw sockets either on the shroud or elsewhere. Might it be that the “on/off” rods that connect to the tap shroud unscrew? They certainly don’t feel like I could pull them off and could send a jpg shot to illustrate the problem, if needed… Grateful for your reply, though not an emergency ! Thank you.

    • Alice January 20, 2018

      Hi JB, I have just taken a quick look here at the blueprint .Zurich Handle and Valve Detail blueprint you should just be able to un do the screws behind the indicator and pull the handle off (by pulling it out ). Alice

  15. JB January 20, 2018

    Alice wrote earlier : – …”handle screwing out” – as one option. Does this mean the whole shroud including the short rod lever for on/off screws out, or just the rod please? (Franke Zuirich chrome tap)

    • Alice January 20, 2018

      HI Jb
      if you look at the diagram that i showed you , the entire SP3166 should come off.


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