How To Descale A Shower Head Correctly With White Vinegar

It may seem unrealistic, but day-to-day showering may have a significant impact on your shower head. Over time, limescale builds up on your shower head as you continue using it up to a point where it is blocked completely.

The frequency of this blockage also varies depending on where you live. But it will most certainly provide you with less than satisfactory shower experiences in the future. Knowing how to descale a shower head is a relatively simple and cost-friendly process. Plus, you can apply the method we will discuss in this post to both the fixed and removable showerheads.

What Causes Scale in Your Shower Head?

Naturally, there are a few causes of showerhead blockages. These include:

  • Frequency: scale in the showerhead results when water flows through the showerhead. Therefore, as soon as you turn off your shower, some water containing scale settles on the showerhead. This causes mineral deposits to settle on the showerhead, as well. As a result, some showerheads block sooner than others because of the frequency of their use.
  • Hardness of the water: hard water contains plenty of calcium, which causes scale on showerheads quickly. But you can combat this by always drying off your showerhead after use.

Cleaning Your Showerhead

Cleaning your showerhead is a simple DIY process. In most cases, you almost certainly don’t need a professional for the job. To clean your showerhead and remove all the scale from its nozzles and tiny holes, you need a few tools.

Here’s what you need:

  • A plastic bag that the showerhead can fit into
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Rubber band or piece of string
  • Old toothbrush
  • Soft cloth
  1. Secure the Plastic Bag with Vinegar

The first step requires you to fill the plastic bag with the distilled white vinegar. Slip the rubber band or piece of string over the top of the showerhead, then submerge the showerhead completely into the white vinegar.

Secure the plastic bag on the showerhead using the rubber band or piece of string.

NOTE: it is important that you get the right vinegar to descale your showerhead. For example, malt vinegar is not too effective, while brown vinegar might stain the showerhead. Therefore, ensure you’re using white distilled vinegar for the best results.

  1. Wait and Rinse

After you have secured the plastic bag with vinegar onto the showerhead, wait for between 30 minutes to one hour before removing the bag. Turn on the shower to flush out any remaining scale sediments on the showerhead.

If necessary, you can repeat this process until you have removed all the limescale the vinegar can remove.

  1. Scrub Residue Using an Old Toothbrush

Some limestone residue may still latch onto the showerhead after removing the vinegar and rinsing it. You can scrub off these scale deposits with an old toothbrush. Pay special attention to the nozzles and tiny holes because these are where most limescale build up.

Use the old toothbrush to scrub over any limestone residue. Do this until you are satisfied with the result as you rinse with cold water to help the remaining residue flake off.

  1. Dry the Showerhead

You can use a soft cloth to dry and polish the showerhead. Wipe it clean until dry and there aren’t any water spots. Turn on the shower to remove any remaining limescale residue your toothbrush might not have gotten.

Preventing Limescale Built-Up in Your Showerhead

Once you’ve removed all the limescale residue on your showerhead, your next step is to ensure it remains limescale-free. Well, there are a few simple steps to make that possible. Always time a few seconds to ensure your showerhead is dry after every shower. You can use a small towel to wipe off any water on the surface of the showerhead.

We also recommend repeating the steps above after every few months, depending on the frequency with which you use your shower the type of water you use. These simple maintenance routines will help keep your showerhead limescale-free.

Updating Your Living Room With Floately

We are now in mid July and Christmas might seem like an age away, but  Autumn will be upon us soon enough, and particularly as September rolls by (where, exactly has this year gone?) we start to think more about getting our homes ready for Christmas. Now, by that, I don’t mean we start sticking the decorations up any time soon, but we do think about the final home improvements of the year, and those little touches that will have the house looking its best.

The most popular room to redecorate and modernise is the living room, which is why you see all those furniture shops who have those never ending sales promising sofas that can be delivered for Christmas. But a living room update doesn’t have to involve lots of new furniture, it can be as simple as adding some new lighting, accessories, plants and candles to give your room a new feel.

Floately is a brand that specialises in contemporary home decor, modern interior design pieces that give any room a luxe, contemporary look. Their floating products including floating Bluetooth speakers, floating lightbulbs and flying lamps are all popular, especially with those who use the #instastyle hashtag. Floately homestyle products will help you update and add style to any room, and you can read on to find some of my key picks from the brand.

Change your lighting

The lights you use in your living room affect the whole ambience of the setting. The Volta levitating light bulb is an absolute talking point to any room that has a modern, or even industrial style setting. It would work on a side table, or even as a pair on a modern mantlepiece.

This is an absolutely stunning piece of design. It casts a warm light that will create a cosy atmosphere in any room, but the fact that it also spins will keep you mesmerised, and will have all visitors to your home enthralled and asking ‘where did you get it?’

Named for Alessandra Volta, this lamp works through a combination of magnets and wireless technology, but it is also strong and built to last with shatterproof glass and contact wires 10 times stronger than an average build. This levitating light bulb is the piece of interior design you didn’t know you needed, but you definitely do, it is just a fantastic item.

Plants

I love plants in the home, but have to admit I’m not that good at keeping them healthy and growing. Floating plants were not something that I had been familiar with, but I must admit I absolutely love the idea of them.

Floately have the Airsai floating plant pot which allows you to add a mystical floating plant to your room. The beauty of the floating plant pot is that it also spins 360 degrees continuously, allowing all your plant access to sunlight, which will help it grow straighter and taller, and will certainly make it a much healthier plant than if it was just stuck in a window in one direction.

There are 4 styles of plant pot, so you can choose one that suits both your plant and decor. But as well as looking super attractive, and proving a talking point, the Airsai offers so much more, as Floately explains:-

Our AIRSAI levitating plant looks very calming and helps create a light atmosphere inside your home or any space. It is designed to help ease anxiety, stabilize emotions, and make people feel more comfortable.

Are you planning to revamp a room this Autumn? If so, and you’re looking for something new and unusual, I would definitely recommend a bit of time looking at all that Floately has to offer. Visit www.floately.com

 

 

How To Create More Space In Your Current Home

It is a common problem, particularly when a couple become a family. That dream home that you found is suddenly not big enough. As your family grows, you find that you need more bedrooms, more living space, a bigger kitchen because the space you have is no longer big enough to accommodate your needs. The answer seems to be to move to a bigger house, but you may not wish to do that, you may love your current home and like the area that you live in. In these cases the answer may be to extend your home.

Here are some of the ways that you could keep your dream home and make it work for you.

Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory dwelling units are a brilliant way to create extra space in your home.An adu could be anything from transforming your garage into a new room, fixing the currently unused basement for living rather than just for storage, or actually creating a new dwelling in your garden space – maybe a granny flat for elderly parents to live on site and still have their own living space, but in the confines of your land and property.

If you are in the United States and are thinking of adding to your current building, you need to ensure your property can take the additional weight in the event of an earthquake or tremor. In these cases you can still add on, but would need to look at soft story seismic retrofitting to ensure any addition to your property was structurally safe.

A Loft Conversion

A loft conversion is a great idea if you are looking to create extra bedrooms and/or another bathroom. You are using a dead space in your roof and making it earn its keep. Loft conversions can be super spacious and also luxurious, and they can be bright and airy with the addition of Velux windows and blinds. A loft bedroom could be a fabulous space for a child’s bedroom, or a haven for a master bedroom, complete with an ensuite bathroom.

A mezzanine

If you don’t want a full loft conversion, you could create a large master bedroom in the form of a mezzanine. This is an intermediate floor that extends over a room, with the downstairs open to the double height ceiling. This is a brilliant idea if you are currently short of storage space in your bedroom as you then have a two tier bedroom, leaving a space for your bed, and lots more space for storage.

This is a great way to add a wow factor to your home.

An Extension

Moving downstairs, an extension to create extra rooms, or to expand current rooms like kitchen and living areas is a popular way to extend your space. Dependent on space, you could expand onto the back or the side of your home, maybe creating that family kitchen that you have always wanted, or adding another living room to make a space for the children to watch tv and play. Another popular use for an extension is to create a utilities room to house the washing machine/tumble dryer etc, thus freeing up space in your current kitchen.

A Conservatory

Conservatories do seem to have a sort of love/hate reputation, but I personally love them. A conservatory is a great choice if you have a beautiful garden and want to make the garden an extension of your home. Conservatories also make lovely dining rooms, again with the bonus of overlooking the garden. But a conservatory doesn’t have to be a large space, or limited to a large house. We have a conservatory on the side of our Victorian terrace that we use as a utilities room and this has been very useful.

Have you extended your home?