How to Remove Limescale from Toilet Bowl

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It always feels pleasant when your bathroom is clean and shiny. A clean, sparkling bathroom can give you a luxury spa experience right at home. The main reason toilet bowls and sinks lose their shine is down to limescale. How can this problem be prevented without any monumental efforts? Let’s explore the issue and find the quickest and easiest ways to remove limescale.

What does limescale look like?

Limescale is a dry calcium carbonate that is created by water saturated with chalk and calcareous. The rainwater picks up the minerals when travelling through soft rocks. That’s how our tap water becomes “hard”.

toilet bowl with limescale

Even though it passes through multiple filtration systems, tap water in the UK is still filled with minerals. That’s how “hard” water deposits limescale in the entire plumbing system and your devices. You can recognise limescale by the dry white substance around the toilet bowl, on the taps, mirrors, and many other surfaces.

Why is it important to remove limescale?

Limescale is extremely harmful to sanitary equipment. It not only spoils your bathroom’s appearance but also clogs up your pipes, so it is wise to remove limescale as soon as you can in order to prevent more serious damage to your household.

What does not work in removing limescale?

There are many myths about toilet limescale removal. Many people think that it is easy to remove limescale with Coca-Cola or bleach. However, both of these products will actually just paint the existing limescale a new color, and not eliminate the problem at all.

If you don’t want to spend too much time on removing limescale residue from your toilet, put your Cola back in the fridge and call eMop domestic cleaners. Our specialists will provide you with a quality professional cleaning service and share their top tips on how to keep your bathroom clean and fresh.

How to clean limescale

Before starting your limescale removal task, do not forget to drain the water in your toilet bowl. It will help any products you selected to interact with the surface of the toilet bowl better and remove the limescale quicker and more effectively.

There are many specialised cleaning products intended for limescale removal. Domestos, for example, is effective at removal. It efficiently removes limescale spots on the toilet bowl and disinfects the surface. Do not forget to carefully follow the instructions on the labels to avoid direct contact with the skin.

The chemicals which are used in cleaning agents for bathrooms and toilets are very aggressive. Therefore, we recommend you keep it far away from children and animals, and don’t forget to wear rubber gloves.

If you are concerned about the safety of your house cleaning products, it is much better to call the professionals from eMop. We carry out fast and high-quality cleaning with eco-friendly materials which are absolutely safe for your health.

Cleaning with sandpaper

It may not be enjoyable, but you actually can remove limescale with sandpaper. All hardware stores stocks a variety of different grains of sandpaper, from light to rough.

We suggest purchasing two kinds of sandpapers: the first one for reducing the bulk from the limescale (its stain should be regularly grained), the second sort should be good grained to complete the limescale removal.

How to use this method:

  • Take light sandpaper, tap the build-up and rub the limescale softly
  • Continue until most of it is removed, but don’t push too hard
  • Use the sandpaper of good grain to softly buff the rest of the limescale powder
  • Flush the toilet to remove the rest of the pieces
  • Now you can continue to clean your toilet as usual

Cleaning with vinegar

Vinegar is an acid that arises after the fermentation of alcohol and carbohydrates; it is capable of dissolving a limestone build-up, deleting deposits of uric stone. When vinegar evaporates, it possesses a powerful action against pathogenic bacteria – shigellas, and coli bacillus. Be careful: this process is accompanied by unpleasant bacteria smells. Vinegar will help you to cope with a thin layer of limescale.

How to use this method:

  • Before you start cleaning, pour vinegar in a bowl and leave it for several hours
  • Moisten a sponge or a brush and carefully scrub the toilet bowl surface
  • Flush the water to wash away the residue of dirt
  • Repeat the procedure until the vinegar completely removes the limescale

There is also an effective way to get rid of limescale by mixing vinegar with soda. Soda is a chemical compound that acts as an excellent absorber of unpleasant odors.

How to use this method:

  • Place 300 ml of vinegar in a bowl or a pan
  • When the vinegar is warmed up to 40 °C and add two tablespoons of baking soda
  • Pour the mixture on the toilet bowl which is covered with limescale
  • Leave for 6-8 hours
  • It is recommended to flush out the mixture with a reasonable amount of warm water

Professional Grade Solution

toilet after professional cleaning

There are cases when you can’t rely on your own forces to address the issue of limescale removal; sometimes it is just impossible. During times like this,the professionals from eMop can come and battle your limescale! Our specialists will help you to get rid of limescale of any complexity and clean any surfaces so that your toilet and bathroom shine.

Regular, professional limescale removal is very useful for those who live in an area of hard and would like to keep their house fresh and clean on a daily basis. Proper professional toilet cleaning allows you to save a lot of money on repairs and the purchasing of new plumbing fixtures, as it will prevent limescale from accumulating on pipes and creating water blockages.

eMop’s professional cleaners are happy to provide a fast, eco-friendly cleaning service that will leave your bathroom and toilet in the best condition. Our service is available 24/7, so don’t postpone your order! Visit our website or app today!

You may also be interested in reading our how to clean grout article.

We also suggest reading our helpful guide on how to clean your house like a professional.

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