Much of Britain has drinking water that is classed as hard. As well as having an effect on taste, hard water can also cause other household problems. The chalky white mineral deposits left behind by hard water can build-up and cause limescale stains on your fixtures and fittings – these are unsightly and can affect the efficiency of some fixtures, such as a shower head. Here we explain how to remove hard water stains and prevent them from coming back.
How to Remove Hard Water Stains – early stages
Hard water stains don’t have to be your worst enemy! Follow these tips to keep your surfaces clean and spotless:
- First, prevention is better than cure. Therefore, take care to reduce the chances of stains forming in the first place, by ensuring that surfaces are dried, and that no water is left lying after use.
- Similarly, regularly clean surfaces, such as worktops, baths, showers and sinks, as well as taps, with cleaning products with descaling properties, such as Cif Power & Shine Bathroom spray. Always follow the instructions on your cleaning product.
- It’s also a good idea to apply a spray like this to shower screens after every use to help keep hard water stains at bay.
- If stains nevertheless form, application of stronger products such as Domestos bleach spray (following the instructions on the label), along with a bit of elbow grease, can help to remove build-ups. Use an abrasive sponge or pad where necessary, but it is best to use a slightly worn pad on stainless steel, in order to protect the surface layer from damage.