How to Clean a Shower Head

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Mary Norris

Subject: Clogged shower head

My guest bathroom gets very little use BUT the showerhead attracts tiny amounts of water, which eventually clog its pores. (I don't understand the physics of this because there's absolutely no drip once the showerhead is off). Anyway, last time my niece visited she couldn't get any water out except thru one little hole in the showerhead, so we soaked it overnight in vinegar-water. What lime wasn't removed by that had been softened so I used a skinny skewer meant for trussing a turkey to clear those remaining plugs. Worked fine. After she left, I removed the showerhead and kept it on the shelf in the shower so it's easy to see. I just hope drying it out for so long isn't going to do something like injure the seals in the showerhead. Guess I'm going to find out, eventually. In that event, I'll go to the hardware store during an off-peak time for them and get educated there on how to fix it - older fellows at hardware stores are my favorite teachers.

kathleen smith

Subject: quick shower head clean

I don't want to take the head off, so I tie a baggie filled with vinegar to the head and leave it on overnight. I toothbrush the head before and after.

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If the ducts are venting through a window I'm assuming the duct work is all easily accessible.  Lowe's and Home Depot sell a cleaning kit that uses an electric drill to spin the brush as it goes through the ductwork.  I've found it to work quite well and you can do it yourself.  It may take a few passes the first time to get everything out if it has been a while since it was last cleaned.  Just make sure you get all of the loose lint out after running the brush through from both ends and you're good to go.  Please note that if the line is not hard but rather a flex duct line you can easily puncture a whole in it with this kit and will do better to clean it by hand.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
We have a 3800 Sq ft home in Canton, GA and pay $100 for one visit a month for one woman to come clean it. It is a new home so not terribly dirty yet and I give her all the supplies.
Hair spray is one of those things that is really bothersome.  We've run into this alot unfortunately.  And NOTHING we've found will actually clean it off.  The problem is that if you just paint over it, you still see shiny spots wherever the hairspray was.

Our companie's policy is to prime the area with any bonding primer.  This will seal the hairspray in and not let it affect the next coat of paint.  It would also be a good idea to lightly sand the area first.

Our recommendation for primer would be Zinsser's BIN Spray (red can) and can be bought at most paint stores or home improvement stores.  Other than that, any thing that specifically says "bonding" for a primer should be adequate enough. 
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