Limescale Build up, can be difficult to remove
When it comes to limescale, some people tend to ignore it and think it will go away by itself. They couldn’t be more wrong. Over time, limescale deposits build up in and around appliances in our home such as kettles taps and sinks, washing machines and most importantly your central heating system. This can lead to increased electricity bills as limescale deposits force your central heating system to work harder than previously to produce the same out put. This could all be avoided by keeping on top of the limescale build up. This article aims to provide information on ways to tackle limescale deposits. What exactly causes Limescale to form? How is it treated?
How the Limescale Remover Works…
A limescale remover is a must have for homes and commercial institutions that use some water heating equipment. Limescale is a chalky and white chemical substance that builds up in water filters, pipes, and stains surfaces in the kitchen or bathroom. Some Limescale can also cling inside kettles and hot water boilers or hot water central systems that are poorly maintained. They usually appear as some ugly looking rings in the bathtub or toilet. It can also appear as some whitish looking build up material on faucets. To remove these substance demands the application of a limescale remover. These removers are generally categorized as either a natural or chemical limescale remover.
Limescale is usually present in water that is categorized as hard water. This type of water is usually alkaline in nature, in most instances it does contain large amounts of magnesium carbonate and calcium that it collects as it flows through rocks such as limestone and chalk.
As much as it is possible for one to find a commercial limescale remover in the market, there are several products that are not expensive and are easily accessible at home that can be used to remove limescale. Lemons have been used from time immemorial as a limescale remover. Squeezing the juice from a freshly cut lemon will work best though bottled lemon juice can also be used. A clean rug should be soaked in the juice or alternatively the juice can be put in a sprayer if the areas to be cleaned are not easily accessible by hand. It is important to let the applied juice sit on the surface for some few seconds before scrubbing off. Lemon is preferred due to its nice scent and strong antibacterial properties that it displays.
Plain and pure white vinegar can also be used. It is very effective and is not toxic to either the surface or hands. It is acknowledged that it is indeed a natural remover that can be used on virtually any household item from solid surfaces like glass to wooden materials and tubs. For toilet-based limescale carbonated drinks do work really well. Pouring some on the toilet bowl and letting it sit for an hour or thereabouts, scrubbing then flushing is all it takes.
There are instances where the use of chemicals when removing limescale will be inevitable. This is especially so in large commercial enterprises that have relatively large central water heating unit or have numerous heating components that need maintenance. The remover must successfully combat the alkaline contents of the limescale to ensure removal. Most chemical removers use sulfamic acid to remove the limescale. This product is toxic to mucus membranes and human lungs; exposure to the chemical should be controlled and minimized. It is thus very important to ensure that one uses the necessary safety equipment’s when applying chemical limescale removers.
Irrespective of the choice of remover that may be used it is important to frequently maintain all areas and equipment that are prone to limescale attacks. Although a limescale remover may be easily available it is of paramount importance that proper care is given to all equipment that may be susceptible.