How to Clean Shower Faucets


Shower faucets or showerheads should be cleaned regularly to remove calcium buildup, mineral deposits and water spotting. Infrequent cleanings can cause buildup to become thick or deeply embedded in the showerhead, making cleaning more difficult and time consuming. It can also lead to water jets or tips becoming clogged, reducing water output, or causing water to shoot in different directions.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Soft cloth
  • Remove the shower faucet by turning or twisting. It should fall off with enough twisting. If you cannot remove the showerhead, do not pull on it; you can still clean it.

  • Combine equal parts of hot water and white vinegar in a bowl large enough to hold the showerhead. Place the showerhead in the mixture and allow it to sit for at least an hour. If the showerhead could not be removed, hold the bowl up to the showerhead and allow it to soak in the water. Hold the bowl in place as long as you can.

  • Remove the showerhead from the mixture and rinse with cool water. Use a soft cloth to wipe away any remaining buildup. If the shower tips are made of rubber, rub your thumb or finger over the shower tips to remove additional buildup.

  • Remove water spots from the shower faucets. Rinse the faucet in warm water and immediately dry it in a circular, buffing motion to remove and prevent water spotting.

  • Reattach the shower faucet by turning it back into place.

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