Maintaining perfect toilets is not only every homeowner’s dream but also established expectation for good household work. This cleanliness however, does not depend on us only.
In toilets we can often notice the gradual formation of unpleasant stains of hard minerals over the toilet bowl or bottom. Besides their unpleasant appearance, those stains are tough to clean and sometimes may cause more austere problems such as clogging.
These may be both yellow and brownish, as many of the regular toilet products are inefficient to remove them.
What can we do? The first step in finding a solution to a problem is understanding the root cause of the problem. Thus, you are most probably faced with toilet limescale caused by “hard water” – not that unusual in London.
Secondly, if your cleaning attempts have already failed, you can approach a professional cleaning company such as Cleandy. This way you can guarantee that you will get a tested professional solution with no side effects.
Last but not least, when working with a professional cleaner you may get consulted on how to prevent re-appearance.
But now, let us see what limescale is and whether we can cope with it ourselves, entirely with home means.
What Is Limescale
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Limescale is “hard chalky deposit, consisting mainly of calcium carbonate (CaCO3)” (Wikipedia) due to “hard water” evaporation. Actually, it is formed by the minerals water picks up while running through pipework. Even though all London tapped water is subject to multiple testing, the problem may appear often. In toilets, it is often manifested by yellow to brown streaks or hard to remove deposits at the toilet bottom.
Why Is Limescale Bad For Home
As mentioned above, besides its unpleasant looks, limescale may lead to multiple problems such as clogging and hampering proper flushing. It may also damage the surface of toilet porcelain and thus shorten the typical lifetime of the toilet bowl. Besides toilets, it may also appear on bathroom pipes, and on all taps and boilers. You may find limescale even in your washing machine or your kitchenware. If not properly handled, this problem may significantly raise your budget for home appliances.
How To Clean Limescale Effectively
Although some commercial toilet cleaners may be effective in your fight against limescale, most of them may be also dangerous. The majority of these are usually highly toxic and hard to use unprofessionally. Generally, they allow no skin touch, spills or inhalation. In addition, they may be highly inflammable.
Although cleaning is important, your health and safety is paramount. That is why, we encourage you to try some proven natural products instead to help you eliminate the problem.
White Vinegar Sanitation
The acid composition of white vinegar may be as effective as some of the really aggressive commercial products. White vinegar usually contains 5-6% acid, which makes it the perfect choice in your anti-limescale mission.
In order to apply white vinegar to eliminate limescale you will have to:
- Put on your cleaning gloves and flush the toilet;
- Pour one litre of white vinegar directly into the bowl by covering all affected surface;
- Leave the vinegar to sit at least four hours but better overnight;
- Scrub the area with more vinegar and flush thoroughly;
- Repeat the procedure if needed.
Although you may not get the perfect effect right at once, you will ultimately attain shining results by repeating.
Pumice Stone Scrubbing
Although this is one of the proven limescale cleaning methods, sometimes the old build-ups may require real hard work. Despite the fact that nothing you have tried helped, you can give it yet another try by scrubbing. For this purpose, your best choice would be the pumice stone scrubbing. It is both hard scrubbing and delicate enough not to ruin your porcelain toilet bowl.
Before you begin, test the method on an inconspicuous area to make sure there will be no scratches left. Scrub the surface until you remove the bulk. Finally, you can apply the white vinegar method until you achieve the desired result.
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