What Can Cause Your Shower Head To Develop A Green Flaky Coating?

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Standard shower cleaner should be should be enough to remove soap scum and grime on your shower head; however, there are some homes where this is not enough. In some households, shower heads can develop a green, flaky coating that is almost impossible to remove with standard shower cleaner. Knowing what this coating is and how to get rid of it can help you take care of your bathroom and maintain its appearance. 

What can cause your shower head to develop a green flaky coating?

This coating comes from hard water. Hard water is water that contains dissolved minerals. Over time, these minerals build up on metal fixtures and form a crusty film called scale. Scale can do cosmetic and structural damage to plumbing.

What can you do to remove the green, flaky coating from your shower head?

Vinegar is a common household product that is acidic enough to eat through the scale and remove it from your shower head. However, vinegar is only powerful enough to remove scale from your shower head if the vinegar soaks into the scale and breaks it down over a period of time. Simply spraying the scale with vinegar may not be enough to get the scale off of the shower head. 

To clean the fixture, fill a gallon-sized freezer bag with vinegar and use a rubber band to attach the bag to the shower head. Leave the bag in place for about an hour while the vinegar soaks into the scale. Then, remove the bag and use a toothbrush to scrub off the scale from the exterior of the shower head. Turn on the water to flush the scale out of the inside of the shower head.

How can you prevent the scale from returning to your shower head?

Scale will continue to stain your shower head unless you install a water softener in your home. Water softeners, which are available for sale at plumbing supply stores, use salt to remove the minerals from the water in your home. A water softener will help prevent scale buildup and will also protect the other plumbing fixtures in your home from this same problem.

What can you do if the metal on the shower head is scratched or worn away?

Scale, if left on your shower head for long enough, will etch the plating on your fixture. When this happens, nothing you can do will fix the appearance of your shower head. The only way to fix the problem is to replace the shower head. To fix the problem, simply unscrew your old shower head and replace it with a new shower head. For more information, contact a plumbing supply company in your area.


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Bringing the Spa Home

When my husband and I took our "second honeymoon," we stayed at a glorious resort with an on-site spa. We booked couples' packages for massages and other treatments. When we got home, we decided our bathroom was not nearly as soothing or peaceful as it could be. Armed with inspiration from our visit to the spa, we ripped out the existing vanity, tub, toilet, and other fixtures, and replaced them with more spa-like models. A frameless shower door and a quartz-topped vanity were two of the best decisions we ever made. If you want to enjoy a day at the spa—without actually leaving your home—I hope you will use the information on this blog to make it happen for your family.