Limescale is a chalky residue that builds up around taps and appliances. Whilst it’s not made up of anything toxic, it can cause havoc on your kettles, dishwashers and washing machines. Limescale is basically mineral deposits left behind when hard water evaporates.
Depending on where you live, limescale could be more of a serious problem and leave you out of pocket. If you live in a hard water area, the amount of build up on your taps and appliances experience is far greater than with soft water supplies.
Why is Limescale a problem?
Apart from being unsightly and ruining the aesthetic of your stainless steel kitchen or bathroom fittings, it can cause problems. Once it starts to build up, limescale can corrode metal pipes and surfaces. Not only, does it cause surface damage, but it can stop electrical appliances such as kettles, dishwashers and washing machines from working. If it is not kept in check, you could end up with hefty plumbing fees or replacing parts and appliances altogether.
Signs of Limescale
Look out for these signs if you suspect that limescale build up is an issue in your home:
- Powdery residue on bathroom tiles
- Reduced water flow through shower head
- Streaky glassware
- Chalky clumps in your tea and coffee
- Hard to remove stains on sinks, bath tubs and toilet bowls
- Blockages in pipes and drains
5 Top Tips to Remove Limescale
5. Vinegar Bath for your Showerhead: remove and submerge your showerhead in a zip-lock bag of vinegar for at least an hour. Remove from the bag, gently scrub away the limescale build up and rinse.
4. Lemon Juice Spray: Mix together equal parts lemon juice and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution all over your bathroom tiles and ceramics and leave for a few minutes. Scrub away the deposits and rinse.
3. Cuppa Vinegar: to clean your kettle simply fill it with vinegar and boil. Once boiled, leave to rest. The chalky bits should flake away from the element or base. Empty the kettle and rinse thoroughly with water.
2. Washing Machine De-scalers: use shop-bought de-scalers to break down the deposits. They are especially important if you live in a hard water area.
1. Water Filters: the number one way to prevent limescale build up in the first place is to fit a whole house water filter system that softens and filters your water supply. Installing water filters in your home is an easy, time efficient and budget friendly way to keep on top of limescale.
If hard water and limescale damage is causing you grief, chat to one of our experts about how Aquatiere can help you. They will offer the best solution to tackle limescale build up in your bathrooms, kitchens and your entire home.