How to Get Rid of Lime Scale in Bathrooms?
We’ve had a roundup of the best way to get rid of limescale once and for all at home. Whether it’s something to clear a build-up, or something to keep it away here are our top solutions.
What is Limescale?
Lime scale is a chalky hard deposit that builds up over time around water sources, or where water is commonly sat around the home. Hot Water is a bigger culprit than cool water – but if you live in a hard-water area then it’s even harder to escape.
Lime scale can be treated by off the shelf products for a quicker result or more natural remedies for a sometimes slower but less drastic approach.
How to Get Rid of Limescale from Taps & Showerheads
For taps, the best way to clear a big build up of limescale is to attach something to the tap to keep contact with the cleaner to the tap for a longer period, because if you spray something on it has limited effects because it just rolls off.
If you can fill a freezer bag with limescale cleaner, and tie it round the tap – so the end of the tape is completely submerged this will be the most effective. A small hole in a sponge soaked in product, then pushed onto the tape as an alternative can also help keep the product on the surface of the tap while it works its magic.
Either Killrock Gell, or HG Limescale Remover if you have a big build up to clear. Some cleaners make take a few applications just to get to the bottom of it to start with.
Remember to be extra careful what products you are using if you have stainless steel or taps with a particular finish – if you are unsure always check the label first or do a small test.
A quick spray with Viakal Limescale remover or Cif Perfect finish Limescale Remover should do just the trick. Depending on how hard the water is in your area depends on how often you need to wipe them down.
Also make sure your taps are leak free! If you have a drippy tap, either from the spout or around the seal, it will make it more likely for limescale to build up and make the job even worse!
The 2p Trick
This one did the round’s on social media and Instagram a little while ago. It’s not quick but does have some merit.
Basically you take a 2p and use the edge to rub off the limescale.
Now before everyone goes to try it a word of caution…
It work on my taps, it worked best on flat surfaces – which is limited on taps.
It is quite a slow process, and quite frankly (even though my taps are really old) I was terrified of scratching them. While no scratches were obtained and limescale was removed I think the peril of this was far greater than the satisfaction of removing the limescale.
How to get rid of Limescale in Toilets
Another spot that can be tricky is in the toilet, but don’t worry we’ve got you covered.
Domestos Zero Limescale gets rid of even the worse limescale build up’s and leaves everything looking like new. Best to leave it overnight if it’s a big build up, and if it’s really bad it may take 2 attempts, but this will get everything squeaky clean.
More Natural Ways:-
Bicarbonate of Soda and Vinegar mix (2 parts Bicarb and 1 part white vinegar) this one will need a long soak time but will get your taps sparkling.
Lemon is also a good natural limescale remover, cut a lemon rub it on – leave to work for around an hour then clean off with a small brush (old toothbrush is perfect).
So there you have it, a few highly recommended products to help make limescale removal easier.
Got anymore tips or tricks? Leave us a comment and let us know in the comments.