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Hard water - limescale - cleaning

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Casey Thu 27-Jun-13 08:35:50

OK We've moved into an area with hard water and I realise this is going to impact on cleaning. I've noticed even after one week some issues.

So what "maintenance" cleaning do I need to do to minimise the impact? Do I need to dry sinks and taps and so on all the time? What about shower tiles?

Any limescale cleaning tips appreciated.

Hercy Thu 27-Jun-13 09:25:49

A good one I've found for kettles, is quarter a couple of lemons, put in kettle and fill to max capacity with water, boil then leave overnight. Much cheaper than descalers!

I found the cilit bang lime scale remover and a scourer quite effective for shower doors etc. I use viakal daily on my kitchen sink so never get a build up on the taps/ draining board.

I would love to know if anyone has any tips for the underside and side of taps, as any solution you put on it to soak, slides off almost immediately. I live in my OHs house, and they was a big build up before I moved in and I'm yet to tackle it effectively.

Hercy Thu 27-Jun-13 09:31:50

Thinking about my tap problem, I'm going to try halving/quartering some lemons and attaching with rubber bands to to affected areas and leaving overnight then giving a good scrub. It works well on the kettle, so why not! Not sure whether I should boil them in water first though.

I shall report back with my findings!

Oh and for bathroom tiles, I use cilit bang and a window scraper (not sure if that's the right word, but looks like a big ice scraper and is for windows) as part of a normal bathroom clean, and every now and again use cilit bang and a scourer on the tiles for a deeper clean.

I never bother drying tiles, shower doors, sinks etc.

Casey Thu 27-Jun-13 14:56:19

Thanks Hercy

Hercy Thu 27-Jun-13 22:21:20

Reporting back.. Lemons are AMAZING!

Quartered one and attached it to the lime scale tap with rubber bands and a couple of hours later it just wiped off. I have been trying to get that tap free of line scale for bout 2 years!

TheYamiOfYawn Sat 29-Jun-13 12:04:10

I have a burning query about how to get old limescale out if the loo. Mine is vile.

FieryChipotle Sat 29-Jun-13 12:10:02

I use white vinegar, works a treat! Stick some in a spray bottle, it strips the lime scale instantly and leaves everything sparkling. It doesn't smell great but the smell fades very quickly.

ggirl Sat 29-Jun-13 12:26:04

Viakal gel wins hands down for everything as it can sit in areas to work , paper towel soaked in it and wrapped onto awkward areas .

IME vinegar and lemon were useless

ggirl Sat 29-Jun-13 12:28:34 need to push all the water out of the loo with brush to empty it , then loads of harpic 100% limescale toilet cleaner to sit on it and it may take a lot of scrubbing and trying again. ONce you have it clean you need to maintain it by cleaning regulalry with the harpic .

TwasBrillig Sat 29-Jun-13 12:29:38

Vinegar works in our kettle. We buy the cheapest possible. Fill the kettle and leave overnight. Boil fresh water in the morning to take away the taste.

onedogandababy Sat 29-Jun-13 12:38:29

Re toilets...there is a harpic power plus, extra thick one which clings under the water line. It does work, you may still need to scrub a bit & if the limescale has been there are while it may take a few attempts.

onedogandababy Sat 29-Jun-13 12:41:17

Re toilets...there is a harpic power plus, extra thick one which clings under the water line. It does work, you may still need to scrub a bit & if the limescale has been there are while it may take a few attempts.

BoundandRebound Sat 29-Jun-13 12:45:26

Citric acid.

Can put solution in a spray bottle and spray on difficult to reach also throw a load down toilet overnight and will soak away the limescale

Can get it from amazon

nancerama Sat 29-Jun-13 12:49:09

The underside of the tap thing - soak some kitchen paper in white vinegar and stick all over the scaley bits of the taps. Then wrap the taps in cling film, or put a sandwich bag over and secure with a rubber band (anything to stop the paper drying out). Leave for a few hours or overnight and then wipe.

BoundandRebound Sat 29-Jun-13 12:52:10

Citric acid = powdered lemon

jalopy Sat 29-Jun-13 12:58:49

Agree about vinegar. I soak babywipes with vinegar and wrap them around taps, shower heads, etc. Works really well.

Casey Sat 29-Jun-13 13:33:03

So to prevent this kind of "build up" problem, what do I use to clean with (taps and so on) and how often?


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