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Limescale away: How to rid your bathroom of limescale

Your bathroom should be a place to unwind and pamper yourself, but it doesn’t take much for grime to build up and take the shine off what should be a relaxing space.

While it might seem like a chore, a deep clean can breathe a whole new lease of life into your bathroom. One of the key areas of concern in a bathroom is limescale, so we’ve gathered some of the best tips and cleaning techniques for getting rid of it.

What is limescale?

Limescale is a chalky substance that can build up around taps, on shower screens, in kettles, and elsewhere in your bathroom and kitchen. Occurring anywhere where water is heated or left standing, limescale is caused by calcium and magnesium being left behind when hard water evaporates.

Hard water contains a higher mineral count, so if you live in a hard water area, you will experience more limescale build-up than those living in a soft water area. And, with around 60% of the UK is classed as having hard water, it’s safe to say limescale causes problems in bathrooms up and down the country.

The good news is, there are several ways to tackle limescale in your bathroom.

Removing limescale from bathroom tiles

Over time, your bathroom tiles can start to look a little worse for wear – and it’s not surprising considering what they go through on a daily basis! Here are our top tips for how to clean your bathroom tiles:


First thing’s first, clean the grouting. Most of us have white or light grey grouting, meaning it can start to look grubby pretty quickly. Use an old toothbrush and a suitable cleaning product or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to scrub the grouting.

Once you’ve scrubbed your cleaning solutions into every corner, leave it on the grouting for around 30 minutes. Then rinse off with water and wipe away any residue with a clean cloth.

Wall tiles

Now it’s time for the wall tiles. The best approach here will depend upon the type of tiles you have. Most bathroom tiles are ceramic, which can be cleaned using vinegar and a sponge or scouring pad. However, if you have marble tiles, you’ll need something that’s gentler.

Again, use a suitable cleaning product or the same baking soda and vinegar combination you used on the grout, and apply with a sponge or scouring pad. Don’t scrub too hard or apply too much pressure to avoid damaging the tiles. Rinse before wiping the tiles dry with a clean cloth.

Limescale deposits can build up on bathroom tiles, but they are usually relatively easy to tackle on flat surfaces. Make a mixture of half water, half white vinegar and use a water bottle spray to spray all over the tiles. Leave the mixture to work its magic for 5-10 minutes before rubbing off.

A deep clean for a sparkling sink

From face washing to teeth cleaning, your bathroom sink gets a lot of use on a daily basis.

Giving the whole sink area a quick wipe down each day will keep it looking its best for longer and increase the amount of time between deep cleans. You should also regularly wipe your sink and taps down with a mixture of half vinegar, half water to stop limescale in its tracks.

Taps and fittings

Limescale can easily build up on your taps and other sink fittings. To remove it, soak a tea towel or cloth in a solution of half vinegar, half water, and wrap it around the tap. Leave overnight, then remove the towel and give the tap a gentle scrub before rinsing with water.

Alternatively, try cutting a lemon in half, squeeze out some of the juice and put one half of the lemon on each of the tap spouts. Soak a cloth in the lemon juice and wrap this around the rest of the tap. Leave for a couple of hours or overnight and rinse in the morning.

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A limescale-free shower

Removing limescale from a showerhead

A build-up of limescale on the showerhead can prevent the full flow of water. Try soaking the showerhead overnight in a mixture of half water, half white wine vinegar. In the morning, simply rinse off with water and work out any remaining limescale with a needle.

Shower glass

Your shower glass, panels and doors require lots of care and attention if you want to keep them looking clean and flawless.

Mix together vinegar, hot water and a dash of dishwasher detergent and wash the glass and door panel. Leave for 10-15 minutes before rinsing and drying with a soft, clean cloth.

You should also wipe down the glass with a squeegee after each use to prevent soapy deposits from building up.

Deep cleaning the toilet

Cleaning the toilet is unlikely to be on your list of favourite household jobs! But it’s a necessary evil and will be well worth it once your toilet is sparkling clean.

Getting rid of limescale in a toilet

The best way to tackle a build-up of limescale on a ceramic toilet is by gently rubbing affected areas with an old toothbrush. You can also remove the water from the toilet bowl and use a professional, highly concentrated limescale remover to help get rid of the toughest limescale build-ups.

Let the experts tackle your bathroom deep clean

Let’s face it, cleaning your bathroom is not only a far from a glamorous job, but it can also be incredibly time-consuming. With this in mind, many people choose to call in the professionals to deep clean their bathrooms.

There are a whole host of professional cleaners out there who will rid your bathroom from dirt, grime, and limescale, and get it looking sparkling clean in no time. Take a look through our network of trusted, vetted professionals to find an expert cleaning company near you.

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