Many people have to deal with the nuisance of limescale buildup in their showerheads. If not taken care of, these clogs can be difficult to clear. Showerheads that deliver strong water pressure provide better cleaning power than those without good water pressure. You might be surprised to learn how easy it is to descale your showerhead.
How to Remove a Shower Head?
Unscrew the shower head by turning it to the left (counterclockwise). With one hand, hold onto the shower arm and twist the shower head with your other hand. If it’s not already loose, use a crescent wrench to make it turn more easily.
To begin, space the shower heads apart according to your preference. Next, screw in the bar until it’s tight. Finally, twist the bar clockwise until it won’t move any further.
Cover the end of the wrench with a rag before removing it. Turn your shower head clockwise to loosen it before shutting off the water.
If your shower head is stuck due to rust buildup, you’ll need two crescent wrenches or channel locks. Attach one wrench to the shower arm, then use the other wrench to loosen the shower head.
How to clean a showerhead?
A fixed showerhead is easier to clean and maintain because it doesn’t have to be descaled.
You can get rid of limescale build-up by using the right products. If you have a dual shower, consider cleaning both showerheads simultaneously so that limescale won’t build up as quickly, even if you use one more regularly than the other.
How to clean a showerhead with vinegar?
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on descaling products, use white vinegar instead. White vinegar is a very affordable and effective natural cleaning product that can be used to descale your shower head. Malt vinegar is not particularly effective, while brown vinegar may cause staining; so white distilled vinegar is the best option.
Here’s how you can clean your handheld showerhead using vinegar:
- To remove the shower head, first shut off the water supply to it. Be careful not to lose the rubber washer that goes over the connection when removing it.
- Pour white vinegar into a bucket or plastic container and immerse the shower head in it.
- Vinegar will become more effective if left to sit for at least half an hour.
- When you leave brass shower heads in vinegar for longer than 30 minutes, you risk corrosion
- Put the showerhead in a cup with vinegar. Pour out the vinegar an
- Coat an old toothbrush with some white vinegar and scrub away at the limescale. Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies, especially around the end of the nozzle.
- You can rinse it with water and then polish it with a soft cloth
- Turn on the shower and flush out any remaining limescale that is left
How often should you clean your showerhead?
In order to prevent limescale buildup, you need to descale your showerhead every month. Limescale buildup is a common problem in older showers that often goes unnoticed by the homeowner until it’s too late. Hard-water areas typically require more frequent cleaning of the showerhead, but with practice, you can be as good at it as they are.
The best way to clean a showerhead
If your showerhead is starting to accumulate limescale, vinegar might not be potent enough to clean it.
There are specialist limescale removers that you can find in supermarkets relatively easily, but make sure that you use the product carefully so as not to damage your sink. When spraying any products, do not aim them above your head. To protect your face from chemicals and dust wear a hat.
To sum up, the best way to clean your shower head is by using a mixture of water and vinegar. The proportions should be one part water to three parts vinegar. This will help remove any soap scum, dirt, or grime that might be clogging up your shower head.
When you pour the mixture into the shower head, do it slowly and carefully so as not to damage anything.