Professional Tip: How to Clean And Descale A Rainfall Shower Head

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If you're like me and own a stunning bathroom, chances are you have a very nice shower, possibly with a large shower head mounted on the wall or ceiling. If you live in a hard water like London, chances are limescale accumulates onto the head and nozzles making it a nightmare to clean. Fear not, as this is our simple step-by-step guide to cleaning and all you need is a large freezer bag, white vinegar and some string or cord.

Most shower heads can be removed by twisting it from the base and then leaving it to soak in a plastic bowl or container for 24 hours in a combination of hot water, vinegar and baking soda.

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If this isn't an option for you then complete the following steps:

  • Use a large sealed bag like a ziploc freezer bag you can get from IKEA, big enough to slip over the shower head, you may have to use a heavy duty carrier bag for larger shower heads.
  • Take two tablespoons of baking soda or bicarbonate of soda with equal parts of vinegar and water and half fill the plastic bag with the solution.
  • Slip the bag over the shower head and make sure the entire head is submerged in the solution.
  • Tie the bag securely using string or cord around the neck of the pipe behind the head. Another option is electrical tape but it can be annoying to remove afterwards.
  • Leave the shower head to soak overnight or for 24 hours.
  • Remove bag and switch on your shower to rinse the solution through the shower head. You now have a cleaning shower inside and out!

Easy! 

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