Most households in the Philippines rely on a supply of hard water for their homes, which can result in unwanted limescale and mineral deposit buildup in your bathroom. This makes the bathroom look old and dirty. When hard water dries, it leaves behind mineral deposits that make it look like your surfaces have been stained. To stop these mineral stains from building up in your bathroom, clean up any wet patches after use – it’ll prevent the need for a deeper clean in future.
How to remove hard water stains and limescale in the bathroom The brown or white scum you typically see in the bathroom shower, toilet, and floor comes from a build-up of minerals such as lime, calcium or silica. However, with a little bit of effort and some nifty cleaning solutions, you can kiss those hard water streaks and stains goodbye!
On glass shower doors
Cleaning your shower glass and getting rid of its hard water stains is pretty straightforward once you have the right tools. Here are some you can use:
Try an all-purpose cream cleaner, such as Cif Antibacterial Cream Cleanser, and work into the stain with a microfiber cloth. Once all traces of the stain have been removed, rinse down with clean water, and then wipe up any remaining water with a dry cloth. Always refer to the instructions when using a new cleaning product.
For an all-natural solution to cleaning hard water stains in your shower, mix together equal parts white vinegar and water. Using a spray bottle, squirt directly onto the stain, and then wipe down with a lint-free cloth until the scale deposits have been removed. To tackle on-going hard water stains in your bathroom, keep the vinegar solution handy and spray it around the shower after every use.
On Bathroom Tiles
While you can remove limescale from the surface of bathroom tiles in much the same way as shower doors, tile grout can be a lot trickier to clean. Limescale and mineral deposits can become embedded into porous grout to make it look gray, tired, and dirty. The good news is that you can restore graying grout to its former glory with these handy tips!
Remove any ground-in dirt using a strong limescale remover like Domex Stain and Limescale Cleaner. Apply directly on the tile, leave for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse. Tip: Best to refer to the instructions at the back of the bottle when using limescale removers as each brand works differently. You can also opt to make a DIY solution using white vinegar and water! Mix, then spray on tiles. Baking soda can also brighten up tile grout.
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It's really important to remove limescale as soon as possible so you can keep your bathroom shiny and looking new. Weekly cleaning and wiping down should help!