Limescale. It’s a villain; taking over our kettles, pipes, taps, shower heads, and it’s tough to clean – the toughest! The hard, chalky deposit (consisting mainly of calcium carbonate), whilst not unsafe in a consumption capacity, will take away hours of your life in a “cleaning it away” capacity – especially in relation to shower heads, where a build-up of limescale can quickly block the flow of water.

So, how do you clean it?

The first cleaning tip to note is that not all showerheads are removable, and cleaning/descaling a fixed shower head is likely to be a touch more difficult than an adjustable one (so remove it before cleaning if you can) but the principles are the same:

  1. Use a sponge/scourer to wipe as away as much debris from the holes as you are able.
  2. Place the shower head in a plastic container and submerge it white vinegar for 30 minutes to an hour, depending how bad the limescale build-up is.
  3. Take the shower head out of the vinegar and rinse it with cool water. Be sure to spray some water inside the handset to help dislodge internal limescale.
  4. Give the shower head a good scrub and remove any remaining limescale with a toothbrush, paying special attention to the nozzle. This shouldn’t be too difficult as most of the surface limescale should have been dislodged, if not removed.
  5. Rinse again with water and rub clean with a soft cloth.
  6. Reattach the shower head to the hose and turn on the shower to flush out any remaining limescale.

(With fixed shower heads, fill a plastic bag filled with vinegar and submerge the head using an elastic band to tie the bag in place.)

How can you maintain this beautiful state of cleanliness? It requires a simple routine:

  1. Keep your shower head dry; after every shower use a small towel to wipe off any surface water.
  2. Clean your shower head once a month – it should simply require a rinse to remove limescale preventing a mega build-up over a long while.

For all your plumbing and installation needs, feel free to contact the team at AACooper on 01689 485007 or – we’re happy to help.