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If your old shower head has low water pressure, the problem might be easy to solve. With just a few simple tools and cleaners your old shower could improve its water flow in no time at all.

Shower heads constantly collect sediments over time, and these sediments start to clog the nozzles, causing low water pressure and reduced shower flow. Luckily, sediments are easy to clean.

Simply removing them will often free up room in the nozzles to allow for a higher flow rate in your shower. This results in more water pressure for your shower.

How to clean a shower head: 4 step guide

The steps for cleaning an old shower head to increase the water flow rate and pressure is easy. It only takes a few select tools and special cleaners.

Step 1

Remove the old shower head from the pipe by unscrewing the nut right at the end of the shower head. It helps to use a wrench to turn the nut, just remember to tape the wrench head to avoid scratching the finish.

Step 2

Wipe off the sediments with your fingers or a soft bristle brush and then rinse the shower head.

Step 3

Soak the entire shower head in a cleaner designed to dissolve and remove sediment deposits like lime, calcium and rust. CLR is a good choice, bit there are many more cleaners to remove sediments from a clogged shower head.

Let the old shower head soak for several hours, or overnight if possible.

Step 4

Rinse the shower head and replace it. Turn on your water and if not satisfied with the water flow rate, continue to soak and clean the old shower head until the water pressure increases.