Best way of getting limescale marks off glass shower screen?

(34 Posts)
duffybeatmetoit Mon 30-May-11 19:36:19

We've moved to a very hard water area and are constantly battling limescale buildup on the shower screen - any tips for getting rid of it?

blabalalalablabla Mon 30-May-11 19:48:02

ok - you're going to need to take preventative action and will need to squeegee and then wipe over with a microfibre cloth after every single shower and then a weekly going over the limelite to keep on top of any build-up.

one you get in the routine of it, it only takes a few minutes at the end of your shower - we live in a v hard water area and you can notice limescale building up immediately if you miss a wipe down.

bubblecoral Mon 30-May-11 19:56:28

My method is probably not the best, but I just cover the screen in viakal about 5 minutes before I get in the shower and rinse it off while I'm in there anyway. I do it about once a week and use the thicker version, not the squirty one.

I have no doubt that there is a more natural and much cheaper way though!

That daily shower spray stuff is also good, but for me to remember to use it and have the time when I'm rushing each morning, it has to be left out all the time. I like everything to be put away in the bathroom though so I've given up with it!

bessie26 Tue 31-May-11 14:07:47

We squeegy after every shower (only takes a few seconds) then I use Ecover limescale remover on it every month or so (when I'm descaling the taps). An Ecloth works well too.

nancydrewfoundaclue Tue 31-May-11 14:09:04

Viakal once a week keeps it sparkly.

belgo Tue 31-May-11 14:10:01

White vinegar

PatientGriselda Tue 31-May-11 14:18:55

HG Hagesan Blue limescale remover from B&Q. I had almost given up hope. Sponge it on, leave for half an hour, wipe off with the rough side of a kitchen sponge thing.

PurveyorOfBaloney Tue 31-May-11 14:23:25

Actually Ecover Limescale remover works pretty well if you want an more enviro friendly option. You do have to spray on and leave for a bit before rinsing off.

Also method do a shower spray that you spray on the screens after a shower and just leave it. It rinses off next time someone uses it and smells pretty nice.

Best tip is to use a squeegy for sure. Can't get more enviro friendly and it does make a big difference. Takes almost no time at the end of your shower.

moonbells Tue 31-May-11 14:34:13

I use harpic loo cleaner... squirt on the top of the screen and then spread out with an old sponge. Leave as long as you can and then hose down. Dry off with an old T-shirt. Always dry off as others have said.

The HG Hagesan Blue sounds better and I might just have to get some... thanks, PatientGriselda

moonbells Tue 31-May-11 14:35:39

(just don't use Cillit Bang - it's totally useless in chalky areas!)

Moonbells, I'm surprised you say that! Our water is practically liquid chalk and I find Cillit Bang Grime and Lime an awful lot better than Viakal...

Interested by the HG Hagesan Blue though...

dolceebanana Tue 31-May-11 15:00:31

We live in a very hard water area and I find Bath Power, the citrussy, Aussie cleaner very good at clearing limescale. Smeels nice too !

rubyrubyruby Tue 31-May-11 15:01:18

I use Cillet Bang Grime and Lime but when it's clean I spray the screen with WD40 and wipe off with kitchen towel. It really helps to prevent it bulding up again.

Ooh interesting ruby. Doesn't it, well, smell?

rubyrubyruby Tue 31-May-11 15:09:03

Only initially. I love the smell actually hmm

I use WD40 for all sorts of stuff - it's great for cleaning stainless steel cooker hoods.

nancydrewfoundaclue Tue 31-May-11 15:12:46

Actually cillit bang grime and lime has the added advantage of leaving the glass streak free so no need for glass cleaner but it has to be grime and lime the other stuff doesn't work.

I use baby oil for the stainless steel in my kitchen. Of which there is loads, the previous owners seemed to like the industrial look hmm

moonbells Tue 31-May-11 15:17:42

Hmm maybe that's where I went wrong - I used original CB when it first came out - was so unimpressed that I've not even used the rest of the bottle up!

ViolaTricolor Tue 31-May-11 15:20:26

We have a strict squeegee regime in my house, which works pretty well. I really don't enjoy it though.

duffybeatmetoit Tue 31-May-11 20:39:08

Thanks everyone - got the squeegee and will try some of your suggestions for clearing what's already there.

yomellamoHelly Tue 31-May-11 21:23:18

I use salt on a washing up sponge to get rid of it. If have time also rinse down with washing-up liquid in water. Then sqeejee to maintain and occasional repeat performance.

sparkle1977 Fri 03-Jun-11 11:42:39

Lime Lite is fab on all limescale probs in our house

Al0uiseG Sat 04-Jun-11 20:37:40

Wd40? I'm going to try that!

ggirl Sat 04-Jun-11 20:44:04

cillit bang lime and grime is fantastic
I used it on my stainless steel range and the results were amazing!!

valiumredhead Mon 06-Jun-11 15:37:12

Oooooooooo how weird , I was just coming to post a similar thread!!!

Our screen is vile! I visited family at the weekend and their screen is just perfect (grrrr!) grin

So it seems like they squeedgee after every shower AND in their bathroom cupboard was a bottle of WAITROSE's essential bath and shower cleaner!

Went to get some this morning and have just attacked our screen - very impressed!!! Especially as it is dirt cheap too!

valiumredhead Mon 06-Jun-11 15:39:35

I imagine the WD40 works in the same way as Mr Muscle's Shiny Shower stuff works - by putting a film on the screen so the scum doesn't stick to it!

Another grolly in this house is the plastic seal at the bottom of the shower screen - I am SO sick of wrenching it off and bleaching all the icky stuff out of it!!! Bleeeeeeeeeerk!

rubyrubyruby Mon 06-Jun-11 15:43:38

shock Does that seal come off!!

<<rushes off to check>>
<<slattern>>

Finbar Mon 06-Jun-11 15:45:15

I'm not keep on industrial type chemical - thoughI have been moved to use them on occasion out of despair.
But now I would suggest: wipe down with an e-cloth specifically for shower screens. Once a week use some white vinegar on it ( keep an old spray top bottle to help you do this)

bessie26 Mon 06-Jun-11 16:17:08

I clean the seal with Ecover bathroom cleaner (to get rid of the soap scum), limescale remover and a toothbrush!

valiumredhead Mon 06-Jun-11 16:23:55

ruby it slides off! grin

I am going to order a new one actually, they are about £11 and as far as a I am concerned that will be money well spent! and I will try and keep the new one cleaner!

rubyrubyruby Mon 06-Jun-11 16:55:28

I slid it off grin - would only slide inwards, towards the wall iyswim and has never even moved before!

.......... it wasn't that dirty actually <<preen>>

BridgetB Fri 10-Jun-11 14:06:32

Cheap, clear vinegar is the cheapest and best way to get rid of limescale. Just put it into a plant spray bottle, then apply to the glass and leave for up to half an hour and rinse/wash clean.

DioneTheDiabolist Fri 10-Jun-11 14:09:54

Vinegar, or lemon juice.
Sainsbury's do a really good limescale remover if it's really tough.

ulyssesjj Mon 28-Oct-13 07:46:03

Limescale build up is the thing to tackle once you have cleaned the shower in any one of the ways mentioned above. Once thoroughly cleaned and dry, spray the glass with furniture polish and buff so the glass has protective surface - water won't stick to it and your cleaning efforts last a lot longer. Make sure you avoid getting the furniture spray polish on the shower floor as it will become dangerously slippery.

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