What is hard water? What is limescale?
Running water naturally contains diluted minerals such as calcium carbonate and magnesium. How much of these minerals are available per gallon will determine the “hardness” of the water. In the UK, an estimated 47% of households live in hard water areas. Scientifics measure water hardness in degrees:
- Soft water is below 15 degrees
- Average water ranges from 15 to 25 degrees
- Hard water goes from 25 up to 35 degrees.
Ask your local utility supplier about your home water degree.
Wherever it runs, water gradually deposits some of these minerals. As they crystallise, they tend to form a white layer: that’s limescale. Hard water, with higher mineral concentration, is particularly prone to limescale build-up. However, limescale also occurs with soft water.
What does limescale do?
You’ll first notice kitchen and bathroom tapware lose their shine, glass shower walls are less transparent, and tiles have a chalky surface. After a while, water runs less smoothly, as if taps were gradually blocked. All of these issues are related to limescale.
Limescale starts as a cloud and progressively builds on white layers that end up creating actual hard-stone bits. The more you wait, the more difficult it is to remove.
Dealing with limescale
Expert products such as Viakal offer a quick and lasting solution to deal with limescale.
First, it dissolves limescale and entirely erases its dulling effect, to deliver a remarkable shine.
Second, a unique polymer pro-shine technology integrated in the formula prevents further build up. It literally chases away drying water drops, thus reducing the chance of limescale deposits to form. It protects surfaces from further damage, keeping them clean and shiny longer.
Viakal can safely be used on: chrome fixtures, stainless steel and fibreglass surfaces, ceramic tiles, porcelain (sink, shower tray, WC, bidet), glass and plastic (shower doors, plastic baths, vases), aluminium.
Avoid using the product on enamelled metals, decorated glass shower walls, marble surfaces, inside of kettles, and damaged electric appliances.
Since it is extremely efficient in eliminating limescale, Viakal should be used cautiously. Keep the bottle out of reach of children and carefully read use instructions on the label.