Remove Hard Water Buildup- FAST!
Hard water. We hate it, you hate it, and so do your faucets and shower heads! But for many of us who don’t have water softeners, or live in parts of the country where well water is a way of life, build up is unavoidable. Even with a water softener or filter, deposits will absolutely build up over time.
Getting sprayed in the eye by a clogged showerhead is not the best way to start the day. Luckily, removing magnesium and calcium buildup is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and as inexpensive as can be. Instead of requesting service from Freedom Home Warranty for insufficient water pressure, try this quick tips to get your faucets back to full power!
White vinegar is a godsend when it comes to DIY home cleaning. This acidic agent has a chemical reaction to the compounds in magnesium and calcium, and even manganese, brass, iron or copper. For chrome faucets, shower heads and even your coffee maker, use vinegar to fight the scum. But a word from the wise, DO NOT use undiluted vinegar on nickel or iron fixtures as it is abrasive and may break down the metal. Dilute the vinegar ratio 1:4 with water and apply on a very small area as a test.
How It’s Done:
Remove the shower head and faucet aerators periodically and place in a bucket or basin and pour enough vinegar to cover them completely. You’ll see the chemical reaction working, with little bubbles greeting the surface and cleaning the deposits. Soak overnight or for at least half an hour if you need to speed the process. Use an old, soft toothbrush to give a gentle scrub or a toothpick to remove any remaining buildup.
In an even bigger hurry? Heat up the vinegar on your stove so it is hot but not boiling, and then place the faucet head in the vinegar. The heat speeds up the chemical reaction and your faucets will be good as new.
Can’t be bothered with removing your shower head or faucet? Use a plastic bag and a rubber band to secure the vinegar-filled baggie around the shower head for soaking.