When your shower head gets clogged, it tends to spray unevenly. For free water flow, you need to get rid of these deposits. Here are some ways to do that.
Clean Your Showerhead Using Vinegar
Instead of using harsh cleaning substances, use vinegar to clean up your fixture. Here is how to do it:
Distilled white vinegar is very effective, safe and cheap
- Distilled white vinegar
- Teflon tape
- Wrench; to remove the showerhead
- Check for deposit build up. The presence of deposits causes a discoloration, more so when it has taken some time before the last cleaning
- Fill your saucepan with a good amount of distilled white vinegar. It should be enough for you to completely immerse the showerhead
- Using your wrench, unscrew the fixture and put it in the saucepan
- Place the pan on the fire and allow the contents to simmer for some minutes. The amount of time depends on the quantity of buildup in the head. Keep a close watch on the contents of the pan. Do not boil or subject the saucepan to a boiling flame lest the fixture melts. You must also make sure that the fixture is floating rather than sitting at the bottom of the pan.
- After the fixture has simmered, and the deposits have got washed off, take it out of the vinegar and rinse it. Screw it back and turn on the water. That ensures that all the deposits have been thoroughly rinsed off
- Before replacing the showerhead, apply some Teflon tape on the pipe threads. That helps in preventing leakages. Remember to wrap it in the clockwise direction.
- Saucepan (for warming alone)
- Teflon tape
Are you weary of heating up your fixture? You could use this method.
- Unscrew the showerhead
- Soak the fixture in a bowl of vinegar for 1 – 2 hours. However, the time depends on the amount of mineral deposits. You may have to soak it for more than 2 hours, probably overnight if the build up is too much.
However You Could Use Warm Vinegar
- Warm the vinegar
- Remove it from the fire
- Place your showerhead in the pan of warm vinegar
- Leave it for 1 or two hours. Check on it to see how clean it has become. If the results are not satisfactory, let the head stay in for a little longer.
Before replacing the showerhead, apply some Teflon tape on the pipe threads. That helps in preventing leakages. Remember to wrap it in the clockwise direction.
You should also turn the water no to flush out any remaining build-up.
Vinegar And a Plastic Cover
If you do not want to unscrew the fixture, you could use this method. This method is also best suited for fixtures that are of stainless steel, chrome or any other protected metal surfaces.
- Plastic bag or shower cap
- String, twist tie or rubber band (to tie the plastic bag onto the head)
- Get a sandwich sized bag or a shower cap that has not lost its elasticity. Pour vinegar into it
- Pull the wrapping over the fixture
- Tie it tightly using a rubber band or string. Make sure that it is tight enough. You may want to loop the rubber band or string around the shower arm as well so that the plastic bag or shower cap does not fall off.
- Leave it overnight and by morning, your shower head shall look as good as new. That is because the vinegar performs intensive cleaning on it.
- Turn on the water to flush out any remaining build-up. After that, polish the fixture with a cloth.
Rub the Nozzles
There are some showerheads that have got nozzles. They also need to get cleaned. You can deal with the buildup here by massaging every nozzle using your finger. You may also use a toothbrush to give the nozzles a gentle scrub. If it is time to but a new shower head, you can check the reviews of best products at finest shower.
I believe that these cleaning tips shall enable you to enjoy your showering experience.