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How to remove limescale

Posted on Thursday 25th May 2017 by James Roberts

Do you want to remove limescale from your bathroom but harsh abrasives and industrial chemicals are off your wish list? Intensive cleaners on the supermarket shelves contain strong chemicals that can be bad for your skin, lungs and the planet. So, let our experts introduce you to the world of stain removal the natural way.

Limescale may well wreak havoc in your bathroom but you can say goodbye to these stubborn stains in a flash if you follow our top tips!

How to clean bathroom stains

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If you enjoy admiring a gleaming bathroom as much as we do, you could try scrubbing your limescale away, but this will require plenty of elbow grease and you’re highly likely to damage the surface underneath. The most effective way in which to remove this milky white deposit is to apply an acid, which will soften and dissolve it. However, you need to keep the acid in contact with the surface long enough for it work and make sure it’s not going to react with the material you put it onto.

So, for those of you who you prefer to clean the eco way, why not look at some of the most effective, harmless solutions, which could already be in your home? Lemon juice has been a firm favourite for stain removal for centuries while vinegar, another common kitchen staple, is renowned for its ability to remove tough limescale stains without the hard work associated with limescale removal.

How to clean limescale from taps

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For limescale build-up around a bathroom tap:

  • Soak an old cloth in lemon juice or vinegar and wrap it around the item. Make sure all of the metal is in contact with the liquid and simply leave it to soak for up to one hour.
  • You can rinse and repeat if necessary but you should find your tap is back to its original, sparkling self without much effort.
  • For extra shine, why not rub chrome taps with flour then buff using a soft cloth?

If your showerhead is clogged out with limescale, it’s a simple process to remove it:

  • To remove limescale from your showerhead, simply unscrew it and leave to soak in a bowl of white vinegar overnight.
  • The finish, rinse and put it back together. Hey presto! You’ve got a sparkling showerhead, which is no longer clogged up with deposits, for a shower with inevitably more power.

How to remove limescale from the bath

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If you have an old enamel bath, it may be time to invest in a new one! Even a natural acid, such as vinegar, can damage this surface. In fact, this mild homemade cleaner would need a spot test on a stone bath too, because if you leave it on for too long, it may damage the finish. Luckily for acrylic tub homeowners, acrylic is more robust and withstand stronger cleaning materials:

  • Pour lemon juice or vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the area liberally.
  • Leave it to work for at least 30 minutes (up to two hours for more stubborn stains).
  • Re-spray every 15 minutes to keep the area wet.
  • You can rinse the bath thoroughly after use to remove limescale from your bath and achieve a gleaming finish.

How to clean toilet limescale

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There are plenty of non-abrasive ways of cleaning limescale stains from a toilet, including vinegar! It couldn’t be easier to use vinegar to clean away those ugly limescale scales from your toilet:

  • First, pour a bottle of vinegar over the bowl.
  • Simply leave it to work overnight, not forgetting to spray around the rim, and use your toilet brush to scrub any deposits away the next day.
  • Following a few flushes, your toilet should be as good as new!

How to clean toilet bowl stains with coke

Did you know if you pour a can of fizzy coke over your toilet bowl to remove hard water marks and limescale?

  • To use coke to clean your toilet, simply pour a few glasses into the bowl.
  • Leave the liquid for at least a couple of hours, in this time the acids withing the coke will break down the stains.
  • Give the bowl a scrub with your toilet brush to remove the marks that should come off easily.
  • Flush a few times and your toilet should be spotlessly clean.

Cleaning your shower screen

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Did you know that white wine can be used as an eco-friendly cleaning agent for shower doors?

  • First, pour the wine on your shower door.
  • Leave for at least 30 minutes.
  • Finally, wipe with a soft cloth for a fantastic, easy way of removing limescale and stubborn bathroom stains (then reward yourself afterwards with a glass or two!).

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