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How to Remove Calcium Buildup from a Shower Head

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    • Using an adjustable wrench, loosen the bolt that attaches the shower head to the wall spout by turning the wrench counterclockwise.

    • You may be able to loosen the shower head by hand.

    • Handle carefully because the shower head may be heavy.

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    • Use your hands to finish unscrewing the bolt.

    • Remove the shower head from the wall spout.

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    • Pour one cup of water into the plastic bag.

    • Completing this step over a sink may help to avoid spilling the water.

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    • Pour one cup of distilled vinegar into the plastic bag.

    • Completing this step over a sink may help to avoid spilling the solution.

    • If using the vinegar solution provided in steps 3 and 4 fails to provide adequate results, you may want to repeat the steps using CLR (Calcium, Lime, and Rust) solution instead.

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    • Place the shower head face down into the plastic bag of vinegar solution.

    • Let the shower head sit for one hour before removing it from the plastic bag of vinegar solution.

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    • After one hour, remove the shower head from the plastic bag of vinegar solution.

    • Use a metal sponge to scrub in a circular motion to remove the treated calcium on the shower head.

    • Excessive scrubbing could damage the finish.

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    • Place the shower head under running water to remove any extra calcium left behind.

    • If calcium is still present, repeat steps 5 through 7 as needed.

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    • Clamp the adjustable wrench onto the bolt of the shower head.

    • Turn the adjustable wrench clockwise to tighten the shower head back onto the water spout.

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