Four secrets to finally beating limescale

Discover our lose-the-limescale know-how, learned from mums and experts

1. Keep on top of limescale

Limescale is caused when naturally occurring minerals that are diluted in water (such as calcium carbonate and magnesium) deposit around your home. As these minerals crystallise they tend to form a white crusty layer, and that’s the nasty limescale you see around your sinks, taps and shower. Limescale is pretty stubborn and the longer you leave it the more it will build up, so it’s best to stay on top of it and remove it as often as you can, to prevent having a big limescale removal job on your hands.

2. Don’t just scrub at limescale

At a push, you can remove some limescale by scrubbing. But by doing this, you’re also likely to damage the finish of your stainless steel sink or shower screen underneath. To avoid spoiling the look of your lovely kitchen or bathroom you’re best to stick to using limescale removal products, such as Viakal which gently get rid of the mineral deposits.

3. Leave it to soak

If you’re keeping on top of your limescale (see tip number 1), removing any new limescale is merely a matter of spraying the affected area with limescale treatment, wiping it off with a dry or damp cloth, and finishing with a rinse with water. More stubborn areas are going to need a longer treatment. For tougher encrustations you’re going to need to leave any treatment for longer. For any areas of limescale where it’s difficult to leave a treatment soaking eg the undersides of taps, Viakal Hygiene Limescale Remover’s thick formula is designed to cling for longer to vertical surfaces. Alternatively, pop some of your limescale solution into a plastic cup and attach the cup to your tap with string, then leave to soak.

4. Stop your limescale coming back

Get into the habit of wiping down your shower, taps and shower screen after use and doing the same in your kitchen. By getting rid of water, you’ll stop the limescale from building up so quickly.

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