Property Maintenance: How to remove limescale

When life gives you lemons ... start cleaning image: Troy Tolley

Welcome to week three in my property maintenance series. I hope that whether you are a regular reader or new to the blog that these posts have been helpful. As always, if you have any further questions or suggestions please do get in touch.

This week I am looking at limescale; the white, chalky stuff you see in kettles and on taps that is caused by hard water. Limescale is unsightly and removing it is sadly not quite as simple as spraying on a product and having a quick scrub. That said removing limescale is easy to do, and I will outline the different products that are effective.

Firstly, you can buy branded limescale products in the shops that do a good job, but household items like lemon juice and white wine vinegar are also highly effective. It comes down to personal choice, and often whatever can be found in your home at the time.

When it comes to maintenance inspections many tenants clean their property to a high standard, but they fail to remove limescale. For that reason I am going to teach you how to remove  limescale from taps and a shower head.

Removing limescale from taps

Removing limescale from taps can be tricky, as you need to leave the affected part soaking in white wine vinegar or lemon juice for some time. There are a couple of ways are doing this, and with a bit of common sense you can make it work for you using whatever you have in your home.

Fill a sandwich bag about a quarter full of white wine vinegar. Place your tap in it, making sure that the areas affected by limescale are submerged in it. Secure in place with an elastic band.

After a couple of hours remove the bag, and wipe the tap clean with a damp cloth. Your taps should glisten!

Removing limescale from a shower head

Fill a spray bottle with shop-bought limescale remover, white wine vinegar or lemon juice. It doesn’t need to be full – you will only need a small amount.

Spray the limescale on the shower head with the liquid. Holding the shower head, gently scrub away the limescale with a soft sponge, so you don’t damage the surface.

Once it starts to sparkle, wipe away any remaining liquid and limescale residue with a wet cloth. Done!

I hope this has been of help, and if you have a suggestion for next week’s property maintenance blog please post ideas in the comment section below.

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