Tired of cleaning the same old “stains” on your faucet or similar plumbing fixtures over and over again due to an issue that does not seem to stop?
If you have been the person who is constantly the one to do the household cleaning, chance is good that you frequently encounter this problem particularly from a plumbing system who had been seen of active use for a significant period of time.
That may be the case, you are not alone with this struggle against limescale.
What is Limescale?
Limescale is that chalky substance that often stick on faucets and shower heads and often appears in colors white and green, or both. But unlike common household grime resulting from molds or similar microbes, limescale is inorganic and is not easily removed from its host.
In reality, limescale is a deposition of minerals coming from the very water which comes out from the house’s most common plumbing fixtures, faucet and shower head.
What Causes Limescale?
The water that goes through our houses’ plumbing system are not always purely a composition of hydrogen and oxygen at the chemical level. Most commonly the case, other elements are also included in it such as the minerals, iron, magnesium, and calcium, oftentimes at a higher-than-average concentration which is also called “hard water.”
As a result of the addition of these minerals into the tap water we usually use at home, a natural byproduct is produced which also appears to be the same problem that cause our faucets to appear dirtied and unsightly.
Of course, hard water is still relatively safe to use and even consume to a certain extent but it is not without its own problems: hard water often carries a taste to it that is considered unpleasant by a keen palate as made distinct from a pure water and clearing away soap is relatively more difficult with it.
But the most pressing problem attributed to hard water running across our water system is in its ability to deposit excess minerals which only accumulates like a plaque across the conduit to where it moves along and on its many end-points.
Trying to remove a limescale with only a wet rag can be in vain even if you do hard scrubbing. The mineral deposition is so stuck on the metallic host, it takes more than manual cleaning to have it removed.
The best method of removing limescale is to use a mild acidic solution which weakens the mineral deposits’ grasp on the plumbing fixture. In fact, there should already be one in your kitchen or pantry if only you would only put the effort to search for it—Vinegar.
The key, however, is having the affected parts of the plumbing system—ostensibly the endpoints like the faucet or the shower head—soaked in the acid and leaving them over a period of at least an hour.
Vinegar is so powerful a solution to this problem, you should immediately see a positive result such as the limescale flaking off after an hour of leaving the affected parts plunged in vinegar.
For any excess limescale that was not automatically removed, merely brushing them off manually should finally put to the nail to the problem’s coffin.