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Cleaning limescale from shower screen and bathroom tiles

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idea888 Sun 29-Oct-17 14:17:30

What's the best way to do this? Fed up with my bathroom looking so horrible!

GreenTulips Sun 29-Oct-17 14:19:02

Buy lime scale remover

Mycarsmellsoflavender Sun 29-Oct-17 14:22:01

I find window cleaner works better than those shower sprays. Make sure you use a soft cloth on the shower door. If you use a sponge it will leave scratch marks ( learned from bitter experience).

SlimDogMillionaire Sun 29-Oct-17 14:40:17

My mum uses a Mr Muscle shower spray cleaner. I have a shower curtain so don't use it myself but her screen is always spotless (she might be a bit of a clean freak so that helps wink)

QuopQuop Sun 29-Oct-17 14:45:46

Shampoo works great!!

Lather it onto a mildly abrasive sponge and circular motion all over then rinse and wipe over with a glass cleaner/lemon juice

idea888 Sun 29-Oct-17 15:08:23

Thank you for the suggestions. Probably should have given more detail - it's a very hard water area and a lot of limescale has built up. I've tried 2 different limescale removers and they worked, but seemed to be really harsh and the 2 bottles only cleaned a smallish area of tiles, so would take a huge crate of the stuff to do the whole bathroom. I will give shampoo a try. You can probably tell I am not great at cleaning...

Notonthestairs Sun 29-Oct-17 15:11:10

Same problem here - I've started using Ecover limescale remover and it's done a great job with very little effort on my part grin

LaughingLlama Sun 29-Oct-17 18:57:24

I use viakal and a toothbrush. Sometimes i start with mould and mildew remover spray. Scrub for ever with old toothbrushes (or buy cheap ones). The mould spray removes any resudue. Rinse well or leave 24 hours the repeat with viakal (or similar) using toothbrush over tiles and grout.
It may take several goes and you may have to leave product to work (trial and error but build up time gradually).
Once you are back to clean use shower spray or a squidgy to wipe away residue water. Ive recently bought a Karcher Vacume that works like a squidgy buy sucks up the water. The hard bit Is getting everyone in the family to stick to the vacuming regime!

DramaAlpaca Sun 29-Oct-17 18:59:15

White vinegar (not the wine sort) works better than anything IME.

DixieFlatline Sun 29-Oct-17 19:00:22

Yep, vinegar.

idea888 Mon 30-Oct-17 19:57:38

Thanks for all the suggestions. I have some old toothbrushes so will try them with various things and see what works. I think I just need to get on and give it a proper clean and then hopefully keep it limescale free after that.

ferrier Tue 31-Oct-17 00:10:44

I've tried white vinegar and it wasn't as effective on my shower screens as specialist limescale removers. I used to favour Limelite but they had to change the formulation because of EC regulations. Now there's no difference that I can tell between Limelite and Viakal.
I also second keeping it as dry as possible in between showers.

jaspercat2002 Tue 31-Oct-17 13:03:47

Someone recommended Ecover limescale remover to me on here a while ago. Worked absolutely brilliantly on my shower screen (very hard water area)

Gingernaut Tue 31-Oct-17 13:04:53

Ecover or distilled white vinegar.

jaspercat2002 Tue 31-Oct-17 13:05:10

Sorry -just seen notonthestairs has already suggested ecover.

4yoniD Tue 31-Oct-17 20:03:23

I just did my shower screen smile I did viakal on one screen and <random environmentally friendly bathroom cleaner> on the other, left it 5 minutes then scrubbed with my big bath cleaning thing which is like blue plastic Brillo pad type scrubby stuff. Viakal won, although it stinks. The bathroom cleaner was a close second. I definitely recommend buying a Brillo type cleaning pad rather than just a microfiber cloth.

evilharpy Tue 31-Oct-17 20:56:47

We live in a very hard water area and have found that nothing beats Viakal. We also bought a Karcher window vac and use it after every shower on the screen and tiles which is a ballache but does only take about a minute and saves loads of effort in the long run. Our shower has a glass screen and brightly coloured metro tiles and very quickly gets a horrible white residue all over it if we don't use the window vac but as long as we use it, we rarely have to remove actual limescale.

idea888 Sat 04-Nov-17 16:44:01

I am really tempted to get a window vac as we get loads of condensation on the windows too - sounds like it might be really useful.

Almostthere15 Sun 05-Nov-17 07:23:34

We have attitude timescale remover (It's an eco brand), around 3 pound but a huge bottle. I think you'll have to have a good scrub and then use something to keep on top of things. For the screen try soaking kitchen paper in white vinegar and 'sticking them on for ten minutes or so before giving a good wipe. The microfibre cloths work well.

We use the Mr muscle on the shower screen and it does seem the best one to keep it clear.

Ventilation (or removing the water) is crucial.

Etymology23 Sun 05-Nov-17 14:21:16

I use the non-foam/spray viakal with a white kitchen scourer. Lidl pretend viakal is just the same as branded as far as I can tell and cheaper. It worked with incredibly hard water on a clear glass screen.

DryHeave Sun 05-Nov-17 14:30:25

White vinegar sprayed on and left for 20 mins. Then elbow grease with an abrasive cream cleaner & toothbrush/scrubber. Only thing that works here (v hard water area).

Mycarsmellsoflavender Sun 05-Nov-17 17:21:25

Now that I've delimescaled it, I keep a squeegee in the shower and remove as much water as I can after a shower. Takes a minute or so but keeps it looking clean and the transparent door stays transparent. Also reduces damp in the house.

Tronkmanton Sun 05-Nov-17 17:31:14

Spray a load of Cilit bang on then leave it for 5/10 minutes. Then scrub with an abrasive sponge/scourer. Takes elbow grease but it does work. Viakal in the bottle (rather than spray) works too (smells better than Cilit Bang).

idea888 Fri 10-Nov-17 13:13:37

I bought some viakal and it's working, though have managed about 1 square metre of tiles and the shower screen so far, about 90% of the bathroom still to go. Hope to keep on top of it in the future!

Twoevils Fri 10-Nov-17 13:18:57

Once you have knocked it back make sure you keep it away by drying stuff off after showering. I've got a sort of sponge covered in fluffy microfiber. It dries all surfaces without leaving smears or dust. If I use that scrupulously then I have to do far less actual cleaning (lot less product) - bonus!

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