How to Remove Calcium & Lime Deposits in the Shower

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Soak the shower head in vinegar and water to remove mineral depsits.
Soak the shower head in vinegar and water to remove mineral depsits. (Image: Shower image by Semfamily from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Minerals that commonly accumulate in the shower include lime and calcium. These minerals adhere to surfaces making tile look hazy, clogging the shower head or leaving stains in the bottom of the shower. Calcium and lime deposits can be removed with some determination. The best practice is preventing build-up by cleaning the shower area with a mild abrasive, such as baking soda, at least once a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Lime cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rags
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Squeegee
  • White vinegar
  • Pliers

Wet the entire shower area with warm water.

Apply a coating of lime cleaner to all affected surfaces. Read package directions for the rate of application for the specific product chosen.

Put on rubber gloves. Scrub the entire shower area from the top to the bottom and then clean the shower floor, or bottom of the tub. Use a nylon scrubbing pad on tile and a cleaning cloth on fiberglass.

Rinse thoroughly with clear warm water. Start from the top and rinse to the bottom.

Remove remaining lime and calcium deposits from tile by polishing the tile with a damp cloth and baking soda. Make a paste of water and baking soda and polish the tops of the tiles in swirling motions. This mixture will also remove mineral deposits from plumbing fixtures. Rinse thoroughly.

Dry with a squeegee to remove water that could leave water spots. Start from the top and work to the bottom to remove the water from the shower walls.

Remove mineral deposits from the shower head by filling a dish with equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Remove the shower head with a pair of pliers and soak in the dish for 12 to 24 hours. Rinse and replace.

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