2 homemade recipes for removing limescale and stubborn stains
Calculus deposition is harmful and unsightly from an aesthetic point of view. It can also cause damage to water pipes and installations which can reduce water pressure and inflow to households. Installing water softener equipment helps to avoid this negative effect.
Limescale deposits give an unpleasant appearance to the surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen. This is a common occurrence in households that use “hard” water that contains a lot of calcium and magnesium minerals, but also traces of copper, brass, manganese and iron. When this water comes in contact with a surface (without removing the water) then after a while the liquid evaporates and the minerals remain forming irregularities. There are many chemicals on the market today for quick and successful descaling. All of these agents are successful but can irritate the respiratory organs (due to the toxic substances these agents contain) or cause other side effects especially if exposure to vapors is frequent and prolonged. It is sometimes desirable to use cheap, harmless and environmentally friendly natural solutions. Preparation is easy and fast. The most effective ingredients for removing limescale and stubborn stains are white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and the like.
These methods are quite effective, although they will not work for large damage to surfaces. Preventive measures should be taken to preserve the appearance of the toilets for as long as possible. The goal is to reduce the negative effects of hard water. A lot can be achieved with regular maintenance of dryness and cleanliness of surfaces. For example, after showering, the glass door / shower compartments should be wiped off immediately. This practice is strenuous but greatly reduces the risk of staining which can cause more severe damage over time. It is important to turn on the taps well after use, as this saves water and prevents the formation of limescale. Worn and obsolete washers should be replaced periodically. It should be noted that abrasives are not suitable for frequent use because surfaces can be rough, damaged, scratched and dull. Abrasives should never be used on sensitive surfaces (glass, porcelain, ceramics, fiberglass, etc.).
- Vinegar solution – pour an equal amount of vinegar and warm water into a suitable bowl. Stir the mixture. The amount depends on the surface to be cleaned. Dip a kitchen towel or cotton cloth into the product and rub the taps. If the stains are not removed completely then repeat the procedure. Pour the solution into a spray bottle if you want to clean a glazed surface. Spray the surface and wipe with a cotton cloth. Citric acid powder can be used instead of vinegar. Dilute two tablespoons of powder in one liter of water. Use the same procedure as with vinegar. People with sensitive skin should wear protective gloves.
- Anti-stain paste – pour half a cup of alcoholic vinegar into a bowl. Add one tablespoon of laundry detergent and one tablespoon of powder. Stir until you get a thick paste. Adjust the amounts of ingredients to the desired density. Coat the faucet, shower, bathtub with a little toothpaste placed on the toothbrush. Rub everything thoroughly with a brush. Rinse with water. Repeat the process according to your needs. This is an abrasive and is not recommended for use on light and sensitive surfaces (glass, porcelain, fiberglass, etc.). Baking soda, which neutralizes the action of acid, should not be used in the preparation of this product.