How To Clean A Showerhead

Showerheads get clogged over time due to mineral deposits or dust in the water. If your showerhead has been dribbling water due to blockages, then you’ve come to the right place.

We have two tested DIY cleaning methods for clogged and dirty showerheads. This first method doesn’t require tools or disassembling; the second method requires more effort but produces better results.

Cleaning A Showerhead Without Removing It

  1. Take a gallon-size plastic bag large enough to fit over the showerhead.
  2. Place the plastic bag around the showerhead, and slowly pour apple cider vinegarwhile holding it steady.
  3. Use a cable tie or a rubber band to secure the bag by tying it around the showerhead. Make sure the showerhead is completely submerged.
  4. Let the showerhead soak the vinegar for at least twelve hours. If your showerhead is gold, brass, or nickel-coated, then soak it for thirty minutes.
  5. After soaking the showerhead, remove the plastic bag and pour the liquid down the drain.
  6. Turn the shower back on, run hot water to remove any remaining deposits. If you still notice some jets clogged, use a toothpick and brush to scrub the water jets and remove any sturdy residue.
  7. Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe down the showerhead and clean any residue over the plastic or metal.

Cleaning A Showerhead By Removing It

  1. Using a crescent wrench, gently unscrew the showerhead. Do it gently and carefully as it doesn’t require much force.
  2. If you struggle to unscrew the head, scrub the threads on the shower arms with a toothbrush dipped in vinegar to brush off the mineral deposits.
  3. Once you manage to unscrew the showerhead, place it inside a bowl filled with an equal amount of white or apple cider vinegar and hot water.
  4. Let the showerhead sit in the bowl for up to 12 hours unless it’s plated in gold, brass, or nickel. In that case, soak it for 30 minutes only since exposure to vinegar can damage the plating.
  5. After you’ve submerged it in vinegar, take it out of the bowl and let it dry out for a minute or two. Give your shower arm threads about 12 wraps of Teflon tape to seal the spaces between threads to prevent leaks.
  6. Screw the showerhead back on the arm until it’s moderately tight and give it another half turn with the crescent wrench. Turn hot water on and if your head is leaking, give it another turn with the wrench. If it is still leaking, then you possibly need a new gasket or replace the showerhead.

Call Professional Plumbing Services

Plumbing issues during winters can be worse. You can contact our team at Johnson Plumbing. We offer residential and commercial plumbing services in Reno. Our trained and qualified plumbers can take care of all your plumbing needs. We have been offering comprehensive plumbing services for over 20 years. Contact us or visit our website for more information.


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