There’s something about taking a shower that makes people feel better. Most adults choose showers over baths because it’s faster and they feel cleaner. Some scientists say a hot shower can be a form of self-therapy. The physical warmth can wash away feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Whatever the reason, it’s clear that the shower is an important part of the home. Thus, it should always be treated with the care it deserves. But the sad truth is most people never consider cleaning the showerhead.
Cleaning the showerhead should be an important part of your house cleaning schedule. It might be as old as the house. Even if it was recently replaced, it would still have limescale buildup. Mildew and bacteria can also develop in showerheads.
The professionals from Helping Hands Cleaning Services can deal with this in no time. But you can also do it using things you can find in your kitchen. So read on and learn how to clean a shower head.
When is it Time to Clean Shower Heads?
There are several ways to determine if your shower head needs a deep cleaning. Your first clue would be the spray itself. A shower head that’s clear will have a nice, steady flow of water. If water spray is pointing all over the place, then it’s time to give it a good cleaning.
Another sign would be the inconsistent water pressure. If it’s not as strong as it used to be, the mineral deposit has gotten worse. It might be time to remove the showerhead and check.
How to Clean without Removing the Head
You might find it hard to remove the showerhead. It might be too high or difficult to unscrew. You can still clean it as is. You also will need only a few items. You should have a plastic bag, white vinegar, and a sturdy rubber band.
- Slip the rubber band over the showerhead. Loop the band around until it’s tight against the metal.
- Fill the plastic bag with white vinegar.
- Attach the bag to the showerhead using the rubber band. Slip the edge of the opening underneath the band. Immerse the showerhead in the vinegar.
- Leave the showerhead in the vinegar mixture for about an hour. Remove it afterward.
- Let the water run and rinse out the vinegar. Polish the showerhead with a soft, clean cloth.
How to Do a Thorough Cleaning
The bag and vinegar method is sometimes not enough to get rid of the mineral deposits. You’ll have to remove the showerhead and deep clean it. Here’s what you should do:
- Remove the shower head. You can do this by unscrewing the nut. It’s located at the shower arm. You have to be very careful so you won’t damage the finish. It’s better if you use a wrench for this job.
- Rinse the head. Run it under running water. Go with a hard blast of water to knock out hard debris. Rinsing it under running water will loosen the grime fast.
- Scrub the showerhead with a toothbrush dipped in vinegar. You should then poke out any extra deposits from the head. A toothpick or safety pin is effective in getting the lime scale out. Fingers are also fine if the showerhead has plastic nubbins.
- Soak the showerhead in distilled white vinegar. Leave it overnight. You can also add one to two scoops of baking soda to the vinegar. The abrasiveness of baking soda will help release stubborn deposits.
- Rinse the shower head. You might have to do this several times until all the vinegar is now washed off along with the limescale.
- Wrap a new plumbing tape around the thread of the shower arm. This will ensure that the showerhead will become tightly sealed.
- Attach the showerhead back to the shower arm using a wrench. Wrap towels or soft rags around the fixture. It will protect the finish from scratches.
What Else Can You Do?
Cleaning your shower head isn’t enough. You should maintain it as well. Make sure you clean it once a month. This will reduce the growth of bacteria. It will also help keep the water pressure strong and steady. You should also remember these tips:
- Always work in a well-ventilated area. This is crucial, especially if you’re using a cleaning solution. The fumes can overwhelm you if you’re not careful. Vinegar can also cause a strong reaction. You don’t know what kind of reaction you might have to vinegar so make sure you open the window or use a ventilation fan when you clean your shower.
- Don’t use bleach. It will only encourage the production of bad bacteria. Chlorine beach is also caustic. It’s harmful to clothes and other materials.
- Avoid brushes with hard bristles. It could damage the finish of your shower head and other bathroom fixtures. Items with protected metal or chrome finish are susceptible to scruffs and scratches.
Get the Best Clean
Cleaning is an art. It’s one that’s perfected by Helping Hands Cleaning Services. We are one of the top professional cleaners in the country. Our team of hardworking and skilled cleaners is highly-trained. They’re also reliable and can do the job on the schedule you choose. You’re also assured of safety as we follow health protocols. We do home and office cleaning. We also offer move-in move-out cleaning and Covid 19 coronavirus sanitizing. You can reach us at (630) 530-1324 or at info@Hhcleans.com.