If you live in a hard water area, chances are you’ve noticed the unpleasant, yellow-white stains that can build up on your shower, taps, sinks and surfaces over time. Also known as limescale, hard water stains tend to grow because they form a scaly “crust” that soap scum can latch onto, making the situation worse over time.
The best way to avoid hard water stains is to avoid hard water altogether – and by getting a quick quote from us, you can find out just how little it costs to enjoy the benefits of soft water in your home. But to help you deal with those annoying stains here and now, we’ve collected a few of our favourite remedies:
- Diluted white vinegar. Fill a spray bottle with half water and half white vinegar, and use it to clean your shower doors, bathtub and tiles. For really stubborn stains, make a paste from white vinegar and baking soda, spread it over the surface of the stain and leave it for 15 minutes – it should scrub off easily. Dry off with a towel afterward to stop the mineral build-up from beginning again.
- Lemon juice. Citric acid is also very effective in getting rid of hard water stains – some can be removed simply by rubbing half a cut lemon over the stain, or by spraying neat lemon juice on the build-up. Leave for ten minutes and rinse, making sure to wipe the area dry afterwards. Lemons might be a bit more expensive than vinegar, but they smell nicer!
- Newspaper. Yesterday’s newspaper isn’t just good for fish and chips – the newsprint also acts as a reducing agent on the minerals in limescale, and some stains can be wiped away with newspaper alone! Wipe the surface with dry paper first, then wet it in warm water and repeat until clean. This method is particularly good for glass surfaces.