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How to clean rainfall shower heads

The correct way to keep your rainfall shower sparkling

Wednesday 17th June 2020

As with any household item that comes into regular contact with hard water, shower heads are inevitably prone to a build-up of limescale. Cleaning your rainfall shower head regularly is important in preventing this build-up, as left too long, your shower head can become blocked, which can affect the water flow. A build-up of limescale will also stop your rainfall shower head from shining as brightly as it deserves to.

Cleaning and descaling your rainfall shower head is easy once you know how. Whether you have a detachable shower head or one that is fixed in place, follow our step-by-step guides using simple household products to ensure your rainfall shower head maintains its radiance 

How to clean a detachable rainfall shower head 

Many rainfall shower heads can be removed by untwisting them from the base. If this is the case for yours, then you can clean and descale it by following these simple steps. 


  1. Remove the rainfall shower head. 
  2. Put the shower head in a plastic container filled with distilled white vinegar. 
  3. Leave it to soak for at least half an hourthough preferablfor a full hour.  
  4. Remove the shower head from the container and rinse it with water. 
  5. Using an old toothbrush, remove any stubborn limescale from the shower head and the nozzles. 
  6. Rinse again with water and polish with a soft cloth. 
  7. Reattach to the hose and turn on the shower to flush out any remaining limescale and wash away any remaining vinegar ahead of your next shower. 

How to clean a fixed rainfall shower head 

If your rainfall shower head is fixed and you can’t remove it to clean it, then no fear, simply follow this step-by-step guide. 


  1. Find a plastic bag that is big enough to fit over your rainfall shower head 
  2. Half fill the bag with distilled white vinegar. 
  3. Slip the bag over the shower head until the head is completely submerged in the solution. 
  4. Tie the bag securely using string or an elastic band around the neck if the pipe above or behind the head. 
  5. Leave your rainfall showerhead to soak for at least half an hour, though preferably for a full hour.  

6. Remove the plastic bag and turn on the shower to flush out any limescale or vinegar left inside the showerhead. 

7. Use a wet sponge to gently wipe the showerhead. 

8. Using an old toothbrush, remove any residue from the showerhead and the nozzles. 

9. Polish with a soft cloth. 

10. Repeat the process if necessary, until all the limescale has gone. 

Having followed these step-by-step instructions, your rainfall shower head should now be gleaming.  

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