How Do I Remove Limescale from Baths?
Limescale builds up in two main places in baths: just behind the tap – particularly if it is prone to dripping – and in the corners of the bath where water can pool. Here’s some helpful advice:
- Neat vinegar can be effective in removing limescale in the bathroom, but you should exercise caution on old enamel baths and sinks, as the surface can be damaged by the acid.
- Only apply vinegar to the affected area, scrub, and wash with a spray cleaner afterwards. Alternatively, play it safe and buy a limescale product designed for your type of bathroom fixtures.
How Do I Remove Limescale from the Toilet?
Removing scaly deposits in the toilet bowl and underneath the rim can be tough and may require different tactics:
- Use a stronger limescale remover – either a gel cleaner or bleach manufactured specifically for the toilet – and apply it as close as you can to the water deposits, squirting upwards under the rim and into the bowl as well.
- Leave it to soak for at least half an hour before flushing.
- You can also try rubbing a pumice stone on heavier build-ups.
- If you’re still finding you have limescale stains, purchase a heavy-duty powder cleaner containing compounds like trisodium phosphate or borax. These can either be measured into the bowl or applied directly to the problem areas.
- Remember to use these stronger substances with care, wearing appropriate eye protection and gloves at all times.
Soaking will make limescale removal easy: the longer you can leave a removal agent to work its magic, the easier it will be on your arm muscles! Making limescale removal part of your regular cleaning routine will also save you a lot of hard graft in the long-run, so it’s worth tackling as often as you can.