Hard water, though harmless when drinking, can do a lot of damage to appliances such as dishwashers, create problems with water pipes, and mess up shower heads and other bathroom fixtures. This is because of the mineral deposits they contain, mainly calcium and magnesium. As hard water is continuously used, it will produce a buildup of these deposits that settle on the interior areas of appliances or within water pipes and clog them up. When this happens, the normal flow of water is disrupted and if not checked, leads to more permanent damage. Another problem that hard water poses is the fact that soap does not react well with it. It is not able to lather as much and leaves behind an unattractive and sticky kind of scum on different surfaces it comes in contact with. Showerheads are greatly affected by this problem, plastic or otherwise. Because of the buildup of these deposits, the little holes on these fixtures can get clogged up and there is a great decrease in its efficiency. Fortunately, there are practical solutions to the problem. When it comes to plastic showerheads, here are some handy tips to help in removing hard water deposits and keep them in perfect working condition.
- Cleaning up fixed plastic showerheads. Prepare a large plastic bag, one that is big enough to cover your entire plastic showerhead. Inside this bag, prepare a mixture of equivalent amounts of white vinegar and water. Once done, place the bag on your plastic showerhead securing it properly with either rubber bands or duct tape, or any other material you may have in the house that will keep the bag firmly attached to the showerhead. Allow your showerhead to remain overnight soaking in the vinegar and water solution. This will allow the mixture to soften up and break up the mineral deposits attached to it. Remove the bag and repeat the process whenever necessary.
- Cleaning up removable plastic showerheads. Detach your showerhead. Take a pot that is big enough to be able to submerge your showerhead. In this pot, place in equal amounts of white vinegar and water and allow it to boil. Remove from heat. While the mixture is still hot, take your showerhead and place it on your pot. Allow it to stay submerged in the solution for about an hour. This will be sufficient time for the vinegar and water to work on the deposits and break them down for easier cleaning. After an hour, remove the showerhead from the solution and rinse thoroughly.
The presence of scaling and hard water stains can never be completely eliminated if the household makes use of hard water each day for different purposes. Hard water softeners are available if you want to get rid of the pesky problem permanently. However, you can work on the trouble yourself and minimize those deposits greatly if you consistently clean them up. Make it a habit to deal with the stains immediately and habitually so that removing these buildups do not become too difficult for you. By making it a practice, you will be able to keep your appliances, pipes, fixtures, and other surfaces nice and clean and in good working condition.