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:
- Use a sponge/scourer to wipe as away as much debris from the holes as you are able.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rinse again with water and rub clean with a soft cloth.
- 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:
- Keep your shower head dry; after every shower use a small towel to wipe off any surface water.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org – we’re happy to help.