How to Disinfect and Descale your Shower heads and hoses, Removing Limescale effectively and quickly – a Step-by-Step Guide
There are many different methods and products which can be used to disinfect and descale shower heads and hoses. If you are a public or commercial organisation, it is important that you do this in a way that complies with the ACop L8 and HSG247 guidlines.
‘Showerhead Plus’ Liquids and Gel (proven to help control Legionella bacteria!)
A market-leading commercial grade shower head descaler and disinfection product to remove limescale from shower heads AND kill bacteria.
Showerhead Plus is a ready-to-use acid-based descaling and disinfecting solution that has proven effectiveness in Legionella control.
The shower head plus liquid can be used many times until the colour changes from a pale yellow to green/blue colour. When the solution turns green/blue this indicates new solution is required. The condition of the shower heads and hoses being cleaned will have an impact on how long the solution lasts.
How to Descale a Shower Head
Using Showerhead Plus liquid for disinfecting and to descale removable shower heads and hoses:
The main goal is to dismantle, clean, and descale removable parts, heads, inserts and hoses where fitted.
To remove heavy deposits:
Use Showerhead Plus liquid neat – caution should be taken when using neat on chrome fittings. Please test in a small area first.
For routine and regular cleaning:
Immerse in a solution of 1-part Showerhead Plus liquid to 3 parts water.
For routine and regular cleaning of your shower head and hose:
Step 1: Physically clean the head with a soft brush to remove loose deposits or soap scum
Step 2: Use a sturdy plastic bucket. Immerse the shower heads and hoses in a solution of 1-part Showerhead Plus liquid to 3 parts water – enough to cover the shower heads and hoses.
Step 3: Leave to soak for 2-15 minutes.
Step 4: Any remaining loose scale can be removed by gentle rubbing.
Step 5: Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Step 6: Examine fittings to confirm cleanliness
How often should you clean/descale a shower head to help prevent Legionella?
It is recommended by the HSE to descale and disinfect shower heads, hoses and spray nozzles Quarterly.
The liquid solution is available in 5 litre, 10 litre and 25 litre containers
How to use Showerhead Plus Gel to clean fixed shower heads:
This new product has been specifically designed to remove limescale from permanently fixed shower heads. If your shower head can be dismantled then Showerhead Plus liquid should be used as the preferred method.
For routine and regular cleaning:
Step 1: Clean the shower head before application with a soft brush to remove any loose deposits/soap scum
Step 2: Apply the Gel, using a brush or suitable applicator, all over the area you require cleaning and descaling. Allow to soak for 5 minutes
Step 3: Rinse thoroughly using clean water
Step 4: Inspect shower head/fitting surface for any remaining scale, if any scale is present repeat step 2
Step 5: When the shower head/fitting is scale free and clean apply a final coat of Showerhead Plus Gel
Step 6: Allow one minute minimum contact time
Step 7: Rise thoroughly with clean water
Step 8: Examine for cleanliness
Please note: Showerhead Plus should not be mixed with other products for example Hypochlorite based solutions.
Did You Know?
Showers have been the source of many outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease.
Showerhead Plus has proven effectiveness in Legionella bacteria control†, and should be used to clean shower heads every 3 months, or more frequently if your Legionella Risk Assessment advises so.
† The European Legionella Disinfection Test Standard (1995) for Legionella Pneumophila Serogroup 1 (NTCC 11192) gave control at 30 second contact time for 1:3 dilution.
We are pleased to offer this well-known and market-leading shower descaler in a full range of sizes and solutions – liquid or gel. We have worked hard with the manufacturer over many years to offer this product at the best prices, and the quickest delivery times.
Showerhead Plus is the perfect solution for the descaling and cleaning of shower heads and hoses. The solution can also be used on shower fittings.
Showerhead Plus should be used on a regular basis as part of your planned cleaning regime (preventing potential legionella in your shower head).
In 40 years of trading, this is our most popular solution for removing limescale from shower heads while cleaning and disinfecting them.
Why Should You Use Showerhead Plus?
- PROVEN EFFECTIVENESS IN LEGIONELLA BACTERIA CONTROL †
- Quickly and effectively removes limescale from shower heads
- Descales shower heads and hoses
- Easy and safe to use
- Variety of sizes for your convenience
Available in 5 litre, 10 litre and 25 litre containers, or as a handy gel for your convenience and value for money
Less effective techniques to descale shower head and hose
It’s a frustrating time for anyone when limescale builds in a shower head. Taking shortcuts with these appliances is never a preferable idea, especially when it comes to something you use daily.
Other less fruitful techniques for stopping limescale deposits include having to turn on and run the shower constantly longer than 30 minutes (very ineffective and time consuming) or placing a plastic bag with white vinegar inside over the head. The smell of vinegar is not ideal, especially when you remove the bag (in most cases you’d have to hurriedly open a window).
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