How to clean and replace a shower head

How to clean your shower head

When mineral deposits build up in the shower head, this causes it to get clogged.

When this happens, it may need a thorough cleaning to make it work properly. You may also need to replace your shower head if you are unhappy with the water pressure.

In this article, we will show you how to clean and how to replace a shower head.


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Gather your supplies

Cleaning your shower head involves taking it off the pipe and soaking it in vinegar.

You will need:

  • distilled white vinegar
  • a pot large enough to fit the shower head
  • a soft cloth
  • a pair of pliers
  • an adjustable wrench

Vinegar is used because it is less harsh than chemical cleaners and causes no damage to you or to your shower head.

Remove the shower head

First you need to turn off the water supply by turning off the shower knobs and the shut off valves to the shower.

To remove the shower head, twist it in a counterclockwise direction. If you find twisting the shower head hard, wrap a cloth around the base of the shower arm and then use a pair of pliers to grip and hold it. As the shower arm is hold securely, wrap a cloth around the shower head and use an adjustable wrench to clamp down on it’s base. To unscrew it completely from the shower arm, turn the shower head counterclockwise.

Clean your shower arm

To clean the shower head, use a soft cloth to wipe off it’s screw threads. Fill a pot with enough vinegar to cover the shower head and soak it in for 30 minutes. If the shower head is more soiled, you can leave it in the vinegar longer or warm the vinegar for 15 minutes. After that, take the shower head out of the pot and rinse it thoroughly. 

How to attach a new shower head

Tape the threads of the new shower arm 

To attach the new shower head, first apply 3 turns of Teflon tape to the thread of the shower arm in a clockwise direction. Press the tape into the grooves of the threads to make the tape tight.

Attach the new shower head 

Now place the shower head onto the shower arm use your hand to twist it clockwise. After you have secured it into place, use the adjustable wrench, the pliers, and the cloth to tighten it.

First wrap the base of the shower head and the base of the shower arm with a cloth. After that, grip onto the cloth on the shower arm base to hold it in place.

Now use the adjustable wrench to clamp onto the cloth on the shower head base and turn it clockwise as much as it can go. You can use this procedure also to attach a new shower head.

Finally turn on the water supply and then turn on the shower.

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