It’s often desirable to have an excellent shower panel system. Not only it provides a luxurious bathing experience but also some other nice features come bundled along with. Also, the modern shower systems aren’t blunt like the older ones were. They provide a lot of different options for your shower. You can adjust the speed, choose the number of holes you want the water to come from, modify the angle, and much more. Shower panels have become something more than just an ordinary bathroom equipment. They have evolved into a status symbol and among top-notch bathroom decors. It is true that shower heads require less maintenance. However, they don’t require maintenance at all, is not true. If you want to keep using your shower head with no ruin in its quality and luster, then it is mandatory to keep it regularly cleaned. This guide will help you in your cleaning task.
You want to do this right now? Ok, this section will show you how to get your handheld shower head cleaned. Following is a list that enumerates the various stages of cleaning luxury shower systems. So, here we go:
- First things first, read out your manual – It’s always good to have some extra knowledge about the things that you are going to work with. If you still have your shower panel’s manual, please read it carefully and check for the vendor’s cleaning tips, steps, and cautions. Also, check for the regular do’s and don’ts to keep your equipment safe during the process. If you aren’t having a manual, check for your shower head model on the internet.
- Detach shower head, if it’s possible – If your shower head can be safely detached from the mounting then detach it with utmost care. Some shower heads don’t budge after they have been fixed. So, it will be pointless to try to remove your shower head if it’s fixed. Leave it, if it’s fixed, don’t force it as it can only damage the shower head. Either way, continue to step 3.
- White vinegar – It is a widely used natural chemical best suitable for water mineralization. White vinegar isn’t too costly and can be found in any departmental store. You need to buy a large container of it.
- Time to do some vinegar-cleaning – This step will vary depending on whether you are cleaning your detached shower head or continuing cleaning while the shower head is still attached.If you’ve been successful in detaching your shower head from the wall, then take a bowl and put enough vinegar into it, so that you can completely immerse your shower head into the vinegar. Wait for about 2 to 3 hours until the vinegar gets the filth completely loosened off the shower head.
II. If you are continuing with the shower head still fixed at its place, use a plastic bag. Fill the plastic bag up to 3 inches with vinegar. Tie the plastic bag around the fixed shower head and wrap it with a rubber band, so it won’t get loose. Now, leave it undisturbed for 2 to 3 hours.
- Drain the vinegar – After the 2-3 hours, empty your bowl (or plastic bag) into the drain. Up till now, the white vinegar should have successfully completed its cleaning task.
- Brush up the nozzles – Take an old toothbrush, dip it in white vinegar and then brush the nozzles on your shower head. This will let the mineral deposits and other impurities to loosen up and can be washed-off
- Rinse the shower head –
If you have removed your shower head from its resting place then, turn on your sink faucet and rinse the vinegar that you applied earlier onto the shower head and later onto the nozzles. Keep the water running for about 30 seconds.
II. If the shower head hasn’t been removed from its place, then simply turn on the water (through the shower). A good water pressure is mandatory. Let it on for around 30 seconds.
- Wipe out the surface with a clean cloth – After rinsing your shower head, you can produce some luster on the shower head by using a clean cloth. Wipe out the water from the shower head with a clean cloth. This will help to remove the water spots and will produce a shine on the surface of your shower head.
- A large container of white vinegar.
- Bowl with appropriate size to hold the shower head.
- Plastic bag.
- Rubber band.
- An old toothbrush or some other brush that can be used for cleaning the nozzles of the shower head.
- A clean cloth for wiping out the water stains from the surface of the shower
- If you want to clean your drain, then you can use some baking soda for the process. What all of you have to do is that before dumping out the vinegar down the drain, throw some baking soda onto your drain. Afterward, pour the vinegar into the drain and then use water to flush your drain. That’s all! Now, you’ve got a clean drain with a clean shower head.
- If there are some very refractory stains on the shower head, keep your shower head in the vinegar for a longer period (3, 4, or 5 hours depending on the stubbornness of the stains).
- Use baking soda for rubbing the nozzles if there is a lot of lime scale built-up. This is also helpful to remove the brown discoloration caused by iron present in water.
- You can also clean your filter beneath the sink tap. This is a small mesh screen which is placed in the pipe before attaching a shower head. If you are getting low pressure, then it can be happening due to the filter being clogged up by mineral build-up. All you have to do is to rinse this filter and then reinstall it in the shower pipe. But it is only possible if the shower head has been removed.
- You can repeat the vinegar cleaning process in every 2-3 months as this will greatly reduce the effort needed to clean the shower head after a long interval. Also, this will reduce the amount of mineralization on the shower head.
- Careful while working with vinegar, try to keep it away from your body. Always keep your eyes safe while working with vinegar as vinegar can cause itching in the eyes. For more info read these baking soda vinegar cleaning solutions here.
- Always use a clean cloth for wiping out the shower head surface as the use of a stained cloth will result in more stains than before. Wipe only in one direction and don’t follow zigzag pattern onto the front surface of the shower head.
- Do not use any powerful acid-based cleaning solutions unless specified in the manual of the shower head. These heavy-duty chemicals can easily corrode the metal surface of the shower head.
- If your shower head is fixed and can’t be detached for the fixed position, don’t overdo as this will only cause the shower head get unnecessary damage. Some shower heads are meant to be fixed at the particular place they are nailed. Trying to remove these shower heads will only induce you to use a damaged version of it or to buy a new one.
- Only proceed the cleaning process after you have checked your user manual or have obtained some details of your shower head model from the internet.