How To Clean Shower Heads

Warm or cool showers can make you feel good after a stressful work outside. They can also be refreshing when taken in the morning before heading out to work. To keep your showers working properly for you, they must be cleaned regularly to prevent mineral build up on small holes on the head. Cleaning them regularly will also prevent the proliferation of bacteria that can accumulate in them. Regularly cleaning your shower head will also assure you of it operating efficiently as needed.

To keep your shower head working properly and in good working condition, we have some suggestions that you might want to try.

Try toothbrushes and toothpicks to remove mineral build up on the shower head holes. This method is called an old school method of removing unwanted mineral build up on the holes of the head that may be preventing the flow of water. Toothbrushes and toothpicks can help you get inside the parts of the shower head which sponges cannot clean. For better results, remove the head from its mounting and attack the smaller holes with the toothbrush. If you are not sure about how to do this properly, you can always consult or call for help. An expert plumber specialising in shower heads can fix the problem for you and give you tips on how to do it yourself the next time you encounter such.

Remove mineral build up in the shower head’s flexible rubber nozzle. Massage the nozzle with your fingers or gently scrub it with a toothbrush. This process will help dislodge mineral build-up and help in the better flow of water on your shower head.

Soak your shower head in white vinegar or natural drain and bathroom cleaners. Giving your shower head a bath in white vinegar or natural cleaners can help remove calcium and other types of debris that is reducing water pressure. Soak the head for two hours to overnight (in case of a lot of mineral build up) in vinegar and the mineral deposits will be removed by the acidity. After, scrub away debris. You can also use other natural solutions which are better than harmful chemical products that can cause damage to your home environment and bathroom fixtures. After soaking, turn on the tap and let water flow out of the head to get rid of or flush out the debris that should be removed. If this does not work on the first try, you can repeat the procedure until the mineral build up is removed.

How to properly soak the shower head with white vinegar to remove mineral build up?

If the fixture remains connected to the pipe on the wall, fill a plastic bag with vinegar, wrap it around the shower head for two hours or more and wait for the mineral deposits to come off the fixture. Use tapes or rubber bands to secure the plastic bag with vinegar on the head. Remove the bag after two hours or more and turn on the tap to run water on the shower head which will then remove the mineral build up and the vinegar residue.
If you can remove the shower head from the pipe, soak the fixture in white vinegar on a container. Keep it there for two hours or more to remove mineral build up. Then, put it back on the pipe or re-attach and let water flow through it to remove vinegar residue.

Clean the filter screen on the shower head. A clean shower head filter will improve the flow of water and the efficiency of this fixture. Shower heads usually come with manuals on how to use and clean them. Better read on how to remove the filter properly. If you have lost the manual, you can always look online for the manufacturer’s website and you might find some tips here or call customer service for help. Be reminded that this part is usually connected to the pipe. Clean it and remove any mineral build up if you find any. Completely wash it properly until all debris is removed and attach the shower head back. After cleaning, you will see more water pressure coming from the shower.

To clean the showerhead properly, disassemble it and clean the parts that were removed. If the showerhead seems clogged with mineral build-up, it is advised that you remove and disassemble it to clean the fixture’s parts better and remove all the materials that are preventing the proper flow of water through it. This process will also help you determine if there are damages to the shower head and replace any parts if necessary. Replacing damaged parts will help in making the fixture function properly and efficiently.

If you have tried everything we have mentioned and still, the shower head does not function properly, call our plumbers and we’ll be more than glad to help you. We will examine the problem, inform you of what needs to be done and fix the problem for you.