How to Prevent Limescale Build Up in Your Bathroom

Posted on 23 July 2019

Limescale buildup is commonly found in bathrooms or other damp areas. It has a white, chalky exterior and can be tough to prevent. In this article, we’re going to explain exactly what limescale is and what the most effective methods are for removing it.


What is limescale?

‘Hard water’ is the name given to water with high mineral content. When this ‘hard water’ evaporates, much of the minerals remain. These minerals make up a hard white substance, known as limescale. 


Limescale is unsightly and can have a damaging effect on applications and appliances in large quantities. Limescale that isn’t promptly removed will build up over time. This can cause various issues, preventing your appliances from running efficiently. Limescale buildup can cause blockages in pipes and drains, and it can damage heating elements and other mechanisms. Remove limescale early to prevent these problems occurring. The following steps will help you tackle limescale in your bathroom.


How to remove limescale from a showerhead?


  1. Remove the showerhead, if possible, and place it in a bowl of vinegar. If you’re unable to remove the showerhead, pour vinegar into a resealable bag and tie it around the showerhead. Leave the showerhead for a few hours to soak.
  2. Run hot water through the shower. 
  3. If stubborn pieces of limescale remain, scrub at them with a sponge or old toothbrush.
  4. Use a safety pin to poke at blocked spray holes.

How to remove limescale from a shower screen?


  1. Spray the shower screen with limescale remover. 
  2. Use the coarse side of your sponge to rub the limescale remover into the limescale. 
  3. Leave for several minutes.
  4. Dilute down a bottle of glass cleaner. Dampen a microfibre cloth with the diluted glass cleaner and wipe down the shower screen.
  5. Finish by buffing with a window cloth.
  6. Repeat this process weekly to prevent a buildup.


How to remove limescale from bathroom taps?


  1. Cut a lemon in half
  2. Push the inside of one half of the lemon into the head of the tap. Rotate the lemon until it latches onto the tap by itself. To ensure the lemon stays in place, you could fix it to the tap by placing it in a baggie and securing with a rubber band.
  3. Leave for 2-3 hours.
  4. Remove the lemon and scrub the affected area with a sponge or brush.
  5. Use a safety pin or old toothbrush on the spray holes.
  6. Finally, wash the entirety of the tap with fresh, hot water. Use a brush or sponge again at this point to remove stubborn pieces of limescale.


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