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Water tap with limescale Calcium deposits on faucet

Top Tips On Removing Limescale Build-up On Taps

Making your bathroom look as good as new every time you clean it can be an impossible job for some households. You might have a dated bathroom that doesn’t seem to shift the grime, or you may be victim to tough limescale that you just can’t get rid of.

That’s why we’ve put together some tips on how to remove limescale if you want your UK bathroom taps to look great for as long as possible.

 

- What is limescale?

Before you find out how to get rid of limescale, it is a good idea to fully understand what it is. Mainly found in hard water areas, it is the deposit of insoluble calcium carbonate that builds up around taps.

While it is harmless, it is important to remove it to prevent it affecting water flow and quality when you’re washing your hands or having a shower.

 

- So how to remove it?

One of the best ways to get rid of limescale is by using an acidic solution. This can be as simple as lemon juice or white vinegar. Leave the affected area to soak in the solution for a few hours for the best results, so the acid really has time to dissolve the calcium carbonate.

If it is hard to soak in the solution, use a spray and apply it to the area or make a paste out of bicarbonate of soda and lemon and spread this on to the taps. How long you leave it to sit before wiping will depend on how bad the limescale is, leaving more time if there is heavy build-up.

 

- Don’t scrub

Once the solution has had time to work through the limescale, gently rub it away with a cloth. For tough areas, you might have to rub a little more vigorously, but it is wise to avoid scrubbing, as this could be too abrasive and damage your bathroom appliances.

Then simply rinse and polish with a cloth, so once the limescale has disappeared, you will be left with gleaming taps and sinks.

 

Prevention is better than cure

As limescale is caused by the build-up of hard water deposits, the best way to avoid the unsightly crust forming in your bathroom is to not let the water accumulate on your appliances in the first place.

Therefore, it is a good idea to get into the habit of wiping down your taps, shower and handles every time you use them so that you get rid of the excess water.

If you do spot the signs of limescale, attack it with the acidic solution at the first instance, as it is far easier to remove small crusts rather than large deposits that have had a long time to accumulate.

 

- Solution

If you live in a hard water area, unfortunately it is likely that you will constantly have the problem of limescale if you do not try to prevent it. However, installing a water softener could be a solution if you are fed up of your gleaming taps crusting over every few weeks.


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