Say goodbye to limescale stains… forever!
They’re white, sometimes yellow or brownish, crusty and stubborn… Limescale stains caused by hard water can quickly become a nightmare when it comes to household chores. They are created when water loaded with calcium carbonate, silica and magnesium dries on a surface, leaving marks that can accumulate more or less quickly, depending on the degree of hardness of your water. They appear mainly in kitchens and bathrooms, where water use is particularly intense, but they can also be created inside your water-using appliances, where they are more likely to go unnoticed.
If you’ve ever wondered how to quickly remove those stains from ceramic tiles, porcelain, taps and metal, windows and cars, we’ve got good news for you. And if you want them to disappear and never come back… today’s your lucky day!
If you’ve invested in quality ceramics, fine porcelain and stainless steel appliances, you may be afraid of damaging them by using too strong a cleaning product. Fortunately, some very common kitchen items can help you remove stains while respecting the environment by avoiding polluting chemicals.
- baking soda,
- vinegar Be careful, use white vinegar. Cider vinegar and other types of vinegar won’t do.
On ceramic tiles
- Fill a container with a solution of water and a little vinegar;
- Soak the tiles in newspaper and scrub well;
- Remove water and vinegar residues with a slightly damp cloth.
If there are many traces of limescale, use heated vinegar. If stains are particularly stubborn, you can mix vinegar with liquid soap in equal proportions and spread the mixture with a sponge. Leave on for ten minutes or so, then wipe off with a damp cloth. The result will surprise you!
For your bathroom sink, bath or delicate porcelain crockery, a solution of water and lemon juice soaked in a sponge will help remove surface stains.
For the toilet bowl, an effective way to do this is to heat a cup of white vinegar and mix it with 3 spoonfuls of baking soda (an effervescent chemical reaction will occur, but it’s harmless if spectacular).
Another technique, which can be used for the toilet bowl or bathtub, is to soak toilet paper or paper towels in the solution and apply it to the stains, leave to work and then wipe dry.
On taps and metal
One of the best-known tricks for descaling showerheads is still one of the most effective: unscrew the showerhead and soak it in a mixture of water and vinegar in a freezer bag, seal it and leave it to soak for a few hours (between 2 and 8 hours, depending on the degree of clogging). BE CAREFUL to rinse and brush the shower head thoroughly before reinstalling it to avoid a vinegar shower or limescale build-up the next time you use it!
In your stainless steel sink
On a flat surface, rub half a lemon dipped in salt. Add hot water and leave on for a few minutes, then rinse and dry.
On the windows
A spray bottle filled with equal parts water and vinegar, or water and lemon juice, will help dissolve limescale build-up on windows with a lightly textured cloth. The roughness of the fabric should act as an abrasive to remove stains and allow the vinegar to penetrate the limescale build-up.
If stains are persistent, leave the mixture to act for a few minutes before scrubbing, and add more if it dries. You can also increase the concentration of vinegar or lemon to make your mixture more effective, but under no circumstances should you let the vinegar solution dry on the surface of the glass, as this could leave new stains.
Your BEST ally to make them disappear FOREVER!
You’ve successfully removed all the limescale stains in your home. But how long will it take them to reappear? And what about the places where limescale accumulates but can’t be seen?
They should not be taken lightly, as scaling can have serious consequences for the performance of your appliances and their energy consumption.
Your best way to make sure you never see a limescale stain in your home again – and save big on elbow grease! – is to install a point-of-entry water treatment system to soften your water and eliminate limescale as soon as it enters your home.
To find out more about Kinetico softening systems, contact your local water specialist.
Linen or clothing coming out of the washer with white soap residue.
There are two possible reasons for this:
- the washing powder failed to dissolve in water that was too cold
- you’ve overloaded the machine with laundry and clothes.
- the machine may be dirty.
Removing white stains caused by laundry
- Dab laundry stains with a cloth soaked in white vinegar. Rinse off.
- Or soak clothes in vinegar water (one glass of vinegar to one liter of water).
Cleaning the washing machine
Cleaning the inside of the machine
Run the machine at high temperature, empty, but with 4 liters of white vinegar.
On the car
Clean limescale from bodywork using one or two sheets of paper towel moistened with dishwasher rinse aid.
Rinse with a damp cloth, then dry with a microfiber cloth.
In the washer
Clean your washing machine and its pipes of limescale deposits by running the washing machine at no load, between 40 and 60°, with just 5 liters of white vinegar.
Clean about twice a year. More obviously if your water is very hard.
In the kettle, vinegar the iron
Never descale a steam iron with vinegar water, as it may be too scouring, causing brown streaks, spitting and premature ageing of the iron.
Prefer commercially available specialized descalers