Do you have white or rust-coloured deposits building up in your toilet bowl, faucets, or showerheads? These hard-to-remove stains are caused by minerals found in hard water, mostly calcium and magnesium deposits that accumulate over time. This is known as Limescale or limestone buildup. And if you’ve let these develop for a while, they’ll not only be impossible to remove, but they will also impact the water performance by reducing the overall pressure from your fixtures. So if you’re looking for a way to tackle limestone buildup around your home in order, follow these easy steps below.
Soak With Vinegar
Limestone deposits can quickly harden and become very difficult to remove. And although it’s possible to scrub the deposits away, many abrasives used in the process can damage the finish of your materials. Fortunately, there are a number of mild acids that will loosen the limestone and increase your chances of removal. One of the most effective substances that you likely already have on hand is vinegar. For best results, fill a spray bottle with diluted vinegar and spray the calcification liberally and let it soak in for approximately 30 minutes.
Scrub With a Soft Bristled Brush
Once the deposits have loosened under the vinegar, you’ll need to scrub the debris away. Start by gently scrubbing the area with a soft bristled brush in circular motions to loosen up the debris before washing it away with water.
Apply Baking Soda
If the scrubbing doesn’t remove the calcification entirely, you can also try applying baking soda to the brush. Gently sprinkle the baking soda on and then scrub the limestone stains with the substance. The grittiness of the baking soda will help loosen any stubborn stains.
Use a Pumice Stone
For the most intense stains, you might also need to use a pumice stone. Just remember when using the stone that you should only apply a moderate amount of pressure to avoid ruining your sink, shower, or toilet materials.
Call a Plumber
In the case that the stains are too deep to remove and it’s impossible to scrub off the limestone deposits, it’s best to call a plumber. They will use a chemical-grade cleaner to remove the deposits and address any issues that could escalate in the future, like corroded pipes.
Perform Preventative Maintenance
Once the limestone deposits are completely removed, it’s important to regularly clean your fixtures to keep the limestone at bay. If you find this too tedious or strenuous, you could also talk to your plumber about alternative solutions, such as installing a water softener or electronic water descaler to remove and prevent limescale in the future.
Don’t let the buildup of limestone impact your water efficiency. Call us at Faucet Fix, and we’ll remove any buildup to ensure your fixtures are running as they should be. Contact us today for a free estimate!