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There are certain items around the home that it is easy to assume never need to be cleaned. A showerhead is often one of those fixtures used daily but rarely cleaned. After all, with water passing through the showerhead and nothing else coming into contact with the showerhead, it is easy to assume that the fixture will always remain clean.
While showerheads don't need the same type of continual cleaning that a bathroom floor or sink might need, they do need attention from time to time. In this guide, homeowners can discover why showerheads deserve their own time in the cleaning spotlight and practical tips for cleaning showerheads with ease. Readers can also discover signs that it's time to let a showerhead retire.
While showerheads remain relatively clean on their own, over time, a few things can happen that necessitate cleaning.
For starters, for homeowners with water with a high mineral content, showerheads can begin to accumulate a build-up. This is particularly true for hard water, which is usually high in calcium and magnesium. With each use, a little more of the minerals from the water are left behind. These minerals can harden, clogging up the holes in a showerhead. Usually, a sign that a showerhead has this issue is when the water pressure from the showerhead seems to be slowly decreasing. As holes clog up with mineral build-up, water can no longer escape at the same pressure rate.
The second issue that might make cleaning a showerhead necessary is the growth of mold or mildew. In humid climates, the leftover water on a showerhead will not evaporate. Instead, the showerhead will remain damp between uses. This can allow for the rapid growth of mold and mildew. Usually, this issue is spotted visually. The showerhead will develop a dark color around the jet holes, and mold or mildew will be visibly present across the entire fixture head.
Cleaning showerheads helps solve all these problems. With a deep cleaning, a showerhead that has lost pressure or grown mold and mildew can be restored to like new.
When a showerhead has accumulated a large amount of mineral build-up, mold, or mildew, it is time to give the fixture a deep clean. Deep cleaning a showerhead is relatively simple and can be done using common household items.
First, gather the following supplies:
With items gathered, the following step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of cleaning a showerhead: