Keeping your shower clean and free of Limescale
To help keep your shower in mint condition we’ve compiled some handy tips to ensure that your shower is running at 100%. These will help you remove awkward limescale and prevent its build-up.
If you live in a hard water area, which tends to be the majority of the south of England, then you should descale your shower on a regular basis. Got stubborn limescale build-up? Then use a mild chemical descaler and immerse the shower head. Be sure to follow all the instructions on the bottle. You can check what type of water you have here.
Aqualisa shower heads incorporate a ‘clear flow’ design which means limescale build-up is not such a problem in hard water areas. To make use of this simply rub the flexible nozzles on the head after you shower. This will break down the limescale - it's as simple as that! Do this periodically depending on your water conditions.
Cleaning Shower Heads
Vinegar, specifically white vinegar, can be used for all sorts of cleaning around the house - showers included! This will help descale your shower. Just follow these simple steps:
Fill a plastic bag (making sure it doesn't have holes in it) with a mixture of one-part vinegar and three-parts water.
Tie the plastic bag around the shower head to immerse it in the mixture and leave for at least 30 minutes.
Remove the plastic bag.
Wipe the head clean and run the shower to get rid of any excess.
Create a mixture that is one-part vinegar and three-parts water. This should be enough to immerse the shower head in.
Take the head off the shower hose by twisting.
Let the head soak in the mixture for at least 30 minutes.
Scrub the nozzles with an old toothbrush or rub them to remove unwanted limescale.
Wipe the head to get rid of any excess grime or limescale and then reattach it.
Cleaning your shower hose
The same white vinegar mixture that you use to clean the shower heads, can be used to clean your shower hose. Simply submerge your hose in the mixture for 30 minutes and then use and old nailbrush or toothbrush to banish the limescale and grime.
Hoses can also be a point of limescale build up and often tricky to clean. For easy cleaning try one of our smooth hoses. These make it simple and straightforward to keep your hose clean as you don't have to get in all the nooks and crannies.
Cleaning Shower fixtures and fittings
It may sound obvious but wiping down the chrome of your shower helps to prevent limescale build-up, making your shower look shiny and getting rid of any unwanted grime. We suggest using E-cloth's Shower & Bathroom pack which is the perfect solution to keep your bathroom clean. Never use any abrasive chemicals which may affect the quality of the showers finish. With the e-cloth just add water and use the polish cloth to get that perfect shine. You can use these on your taps and around the bathroom!
Clean Shower Screens and Enclosures
There are many different methods to clean your shower glass. You can buy cleaners specifically to remove limescale. With these, follow the instructions on the bottle.
For a homemade solution you can use our old friend white wine vinegar to clean off the limescale. Use around one-part vinegar, one-part hot water, and a teaspoon of washing up liquid. Put this in a spray bottle and then apply to the glass. Wipe away with a cloth or squeegee to remove the watermarks.
If you regularly use a squeegee after every shower you will significantly reduce the limescale build-up to help keep your shower sparkling clean.
The most important thing is to keep up with regular cleaning. This will make it much easier when it comes around to deep cleaning your shower. Using tools such as a squeegee or an e-cloth really help to keep your shower limescale free. Lastly, make sure you stock up on your white wine vinegar as it's an invaluable tool for cleaning your bathroom.