Limescale is the green or white chalky substance left behind by mineral-rich hard water once it dries. It doesn’t pose any health risks, but it can make your bathroom look old and dingy. Removing limescale from faucets and showerheads can be tricky, however. That’s why Calypso Plumbing Inc., your trusted residential and commercial plumbing company, shares some cleaning tips in this blog post.
Removing Limescale From Faucets
Vinegar should be able to easily remove limescale buildup around kitchen and bathroom faucets. Drape a vinegar-soaked rag over the faucets and leave it there for 30 to 60 minutes. After at least 30 minutes has passed, remove the rag and scrub the limescale off using a non-scratch pad. Repeat this process until all of the limescale is removed.
Important note: make sure the faucet and scouring pad are wet. Even a non-scratching pad can leave scratches if it’s used on a dry surface.
Cleaning Toilets, Sinks, Tubs and Showers
Apply a mixture of vinegar and borax to toilets, sinks, tubs and showers. And scrub the limescale deposits off using a sponge or non-scratch pad. Avoid using metal tools or abrasive scrubbers, as these can easily scratch porcelain.
Preventing Limescale Buildup
Keep in mind limescale buildup is not just a cosmetic issue—it can also cause several issues ranging from inconveniences such as dingy-looking clothes (hard water can shorten the lifespan of clothes by as much as 40%) to costly ones such as plumbing issues (limescale deposits can damage the rubber washers and cause leaks). That’s why a water softener system—which removes dissolved minerals responsible for the formation of limescale—would be a smart investment.
If you’re considering installing a water softening system, keep in mind there are different types of water softener systems. To find out which one can best meet your home’s needs, consult a professional plumbing contractor.
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