If you reside in a difficult water location, limescale will be no stranger to you. Limescale blocks your cold water pipes, kettle aspects, and worst of all bits of limescale enter into your tea cups!
Limescale is formed as water drips through rocks on its journey down hills and through valleys to the reservoirs, dissolving little particles of ‘lime’ (Calcium Carbonate), which are then brought into our water products. From there it is treated and pumped to our homes, but the treatment just eliminates damaging germs and other pathogens, it does not eliminate the Calcium Carbonate. Water that has a high content of Calcium Carbonate is described as ‘difficult water’
Limescale bonds to a metal surface more easily in cooler conditions. It is more easily dissolved in warmer water, which is why main heating pipes suffer less in hard water areas than drinking water does.
Limescale bonds to other limescale deposits easily, so as soon as the bonding procedure begins to occur on your copper pipework the scale deposits grow rapidly to partly obstruct your pipelines. With a strong water pressure, the loosest of the limescale is forced off, a little like a pressure washer, and these are the bits that enter into shower heads and start to obstruct the circulation of water through the shower. As soon as the shower is turned off, the water in it cools off, and the limescale deposits start to gather on the deposits already in the shower head.
The build up decreases the size of the holes in the shower head increased. The outcome is a decreased flow from the shower which gives you a poorer shower experience. However if you have a power shower, the blocked shower head puts greater pressure and stress on the pump as it attempts to force water through the blocked holes, that are getting smaller sized and smaller.
The answer? Clean your shower head regularly to prevent the build up of limescale.
Usage Vinegar to Clean Your Shower Head
There are a variety of chemicals on the market for cleaning shower heads and descaling kettles, however the best (and probably cheapest) DIY way, is to use distilled white vinegar.
You can either: take the shower head apart and place the bits in a container to soak them for an hour in the vinegar, or you can try an incredible little idea that we got from one of our users.
Pour the vinegar into a sandwich bag and tie it to the shower head in some way (an elastic band is ideal). Leave it there for about an hour and examine. An hour is typically enough time, however more might be needed if you reside in a really hard water area, and then simply run the shower for a minute wiping the shower head with a soft cloth or sponge, to get rid of the vinegar. Leaving the shower head in the vinegar for longer will not damage it, so you might use this process after your early morning shower, go off to work while you shower head soaks in the vinegar, and wash it when you return.
As soon as you have actually descaled your shower head with the vinegar you can also use it to clean the taps, tiles and shower screen for a sparkling finish.
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