Shower heads require cleaning too, because deposits often accumulate on the tiny holes. These holes get plugged with the mineral deposits and will hinder free flow of water or cause an uneven spray. However, it is possible to remove the deposits and allow the water to flow freely again, but this will often times mean removing the shower head.
Most of the current shower head models are known to be screwed right on the shower arm, with the pipe coming out of the shower wall. The older shower head models however, are known to have a shower arm and a ball-shaped end which is usually the swivel for the shower head. There are various ways that you can clean your shower head depending on its design and the amount of deposits that have accumulated on the holes. Some of the ways are as follows:
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This is an ideal way of cleaning when you can’t remove your shower head because of its complex design, or if you simply want to avoid doing so. It is also ideal for shower heads that are made from chrome, stainless steel or any other protected metal surfaces.
This method involves cleaning your shower head by soaking it in vinegar using a plastic bag and a rubber band.
– First slip the rubber band over the shower head and loop it once or twice around the shower arm to keep the plastic bag in place.
– Next fill the plastic bag with vinegar, preferably white vinegar and attach it to the shower head by simply slipping the top area underneath the rubber band on the shower arm.
– Let it be for one hour then remove the bag, turn on the shower and lastly, polish it with a soft cloth.
Advanced cleaning is done when the mineral deposits on the shower head don’t come off even after soaking it in white vinegar. What happens in this case is that you remove the shower head and manually clean it thoroughly.
ADVANCED CLEANING IS DONE AS FOLLOWS:
– First disconnect the shower head by unscrewing the nut located at the shower arm. Make sure you are careful not to damage the fixture’s finish; using a wrench is advisable and not pliers.
– Next, rinse the shower head by running a sharp water blast through it when holding it upside down beneath a faucet. You are doing this to simply rinse out the loosened debris through the opening connecting the shower arm.
– Simply disassemble and clean the shower head using an old toothbrush and white vinegar to further loosen the debris. You can also use a safety pin or a tooth pick to further poke out the remaining deposits. You can the disassembled shower parts in vinegar overnight to allow any remaining deposits to dissolve.
– Rinse everything the next day and reassemble , then reinstall the shower head by first wrapping a new plumbing tape round the shower arm threads to enable a perfect seal.
– Use your wrench to reattach your shower head back to the shower arm. Remember you can use soft rags or even towels to prevent the fixture’s finish from getting marred while you are working.
Remember, there are shower heads that contain the pliable plastic nubbins that can be used to break the calcium deposits loose. Perhaps you should consider such shower heads when shopping because they will save you a lot of cleaning work. But with the above tips on how to clean shower heads, you should get yours cleaned effectively.
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