We all have little indulgences that keep us motivated and happy. Some look for the relaxation of a steaming hot shower, while others prefer a soak in a tub of fragrant warm water. But have you ever stopped to take a close look at the plumbing fixtures that make our little rituals and routines possible? Unfortunately, if you are like many homeowners in Lubbock, the answer is a big no. And you will be pretty shocked to take a close look at the showerhead and faucet nozzles that you use regularly. Chances are, they are crusty and nasty-looking. Fortunately, there are a couple of DIY cleaning tricks that will restore the beauty and function of your bathroom fixtures.
That Crusty Showerhead
Over time, the minerals in your water are sure to have clogged up some of the tiny holes in your showerhead. But because almost everyone has a large and luxurious rain-style showerhead, you don’t immediately notice the clogged areas in the nozzle. If the buildup is relatively minor, you do not even need to remove the showerhead.
First, gather a gallon baggie, some white vinegar, and a couple of strong rubber bands. Fill the plastic bag with white vinegar and use the rubber bands to hold it in place over the showerhead. You might see the liquid beginning to fizz as you get the rubber bands in place. Leave the solution to do its job for a couple of hours and then remove the bag and turn on the shower to rinse the showerhead.
If your showerhead is too crusty for the vinegar to handle, you will need to carefully remove the showerhead using a wrench. But first, wrap a towel around the showerhead to protect the finish. Then submerge the showerhead in a mixture of 2 cups of vinegar and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Leave it to soak overnight. Then use an old toothbrush to scrub away any remaining mineral buildup. Finally, rinse the showerhead and replace it to enjoy a perfect spray pattern and increased water pressure.
The Crusty Bathroom Sink Faucet
It should not surprise you that the faucet in the bathroom could be as crusty as the showerhead. The only issue is that it can be harder to get a good look at this nozzle. A gentle swipe with your fingers will reveal any jagged mineral deposits. Use the same trick on the faucet nozzle as the showerhead. However, you can use a smaller baggie to cover the faucet nozzle. Let the vinegar soak for a few hours, then run your finger over the nozzle. If it is not smooth, use the toothbrush for a little added scrubbing.
Removing the mineral scale and dirt from bathroom fixtures is sure to increase their function and life expectance. If you have waited too long to salvage these fixtures, call (806) 787-6501 or click here to set up an appointment with the Action Air & Plumbing experts for replacement before you are faced with more deterioration and a costly water leak.