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How to Clean an Old Shower Head

Written by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 07.30.19

Is your shower head not performing like it used to? Over time mineral deposits can build up, clogging some of the ports and giving you uneven or low water flow.

Here are some pro tips to help get your shower head back to peak performance:

  1. Wipe away as much of the debris from the holes as you can by scrubbing the nozzles with a brush or a sponge.
  2. Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water, and pour it into a plastic bag.
  3. Put the plastic bag around the shower head to emerge the holes in the liquid solution. Secure the bag with a zip tie or rubber band.
  4. Allow it to soak for for up to an hour (or overnight if possible). Make sure the solution is not reacting with the metal of the shower head, as certain finishes may get damaged. Check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.
  5. Remove the bag and run the shower head on hot to flush away any buildup.

A few other words of advice when it comes to cleaning your shower head:

  • Don’t use bleach to clean the shower head: A recent study by CIRES found that chlorine bleach actually increases the production of harmful bacteria in shower heads. It can also be caustic and ruin clothes.
  • To bring shine to stainless steel faucets and sinks, remove any existing water stains by rubbing half a lemon over the surface, then wipe, rinse and dry. Then place a few drops of canola oil on a paper towel and rub lightly over the surface.

If the issue continues, you might just need to replace your shower head. Low water pressure can also be a sign of other plumbing issues, such as water leaks. A licensed plumber can evaluate your water and plumbing systems. Contact A. Borrelli for all you plumbing and HVAC needs!

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