Just follow these 3 easy steps below to remove the handle on your Kitchen Tap
First turn off water supply to your Tap if you are intending to remove the valve. If just removing handle to, for example, send us a picture, then you do not need to turn off the water because even if you turned the valve, the water will just go out of the Spout into the sink (so make sure that your spout is in normal position over your sink). Should you turn the valve, make sure that it is in the Closed position when putting the handle back on. 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.)
Grub Screw: Other style taps have a grub screw directly underneath the handle: undo grub screw (be careful not to lose it) and pull off handle. Generally a Handle Grub Screw takes an Allen Key size 2mm or 2.5mm. Usually you pull directly out (don’t pull at an angle as you might damage the body or the handle. If handle is stiff, then please check out the Tips at the end of the Blog.
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.
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.
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 (but be careful applying / do a test patch first on a part of your Tap that is not visible as you don’t want to damage the finish on your Tap). Then cover the handle in a cloth. Then turn the handle to “on” and apply reasonable force to pull it off. A small trickle of water might come out but that is all as you should have already turned OFF your water as advised at the start of this. 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 to ensure that you do not damage your Tap.