If you live in an area with hard water, the fight against limescale deposits is really a daily battle!
You don’t have to be a handyman or call in a professional to get rid of the scale on your faucet’s aerator. If you don’t want to resort to the chemicals available on the market, choose from the following tips to shine your faucet.
To get the most out of your faucet, regularly descale the aerator with environmentally friendly products. Here are some other tips for maintaining your faucets.
This white buildup on your home’s faucets is not only unsightly, but it’s also dangerous to the proper functioning of your faucets. Limescale damages the seals and progressively blocks moving parts, even causing leaks or blocking a water supply.
To avoid these problems, here are a few homemade solutions that will keep your kitchen and bathroom sparkling.
Why does scale build up around faucets and water fixtures?
Limescale is a build-up of calcium carbonate. It is dissolved in water and accumulates over time on all water outlets. It is also found in the shower, in the sink and in damp rooms in general.
If you have scale in your home, it’s both good news and bad news for you:
- Good news: the water coming into your home is rich in calcium and magnesium. Both of these minerals are good for your health.
- Bad news: You’re going to have to keep cleaning the faucets, sinks, showers and sinks in your home to remove the traces.
Beyond the visible traces, there is also a chance that limescale will accumulate in your pipes and drains. The maintenance that you do will determine the longevity of your installation.
Don’t panic, we offer you simple and natural tips to descale at home.
Solutions for descaling faucets
All the solutions we have shared with you work very well for descaling faucets, but also for the maintenance of your bathtub or shower.
Vinegar is acidic. It is precisely its acidity that interests us, to remove traces of scale.
- Heat half a liter of vinegar (very hot, not boiling).
- Using a sponge, rub your faucets with the vinegar (wear protective gloves).
- Leave it on for a few minutes.
- Rinse with clear water.
- Dry properly with a dry cloth.
By repeating this operation once a week, you are guaranteed to avoid scale build-up.
On a daily basis, you can simply pour a little white vinegar on a sponge and then quickly wash your faucets. Just remember to dry everything well with a cloth.
If it’s your aerator that’s suffering from scale build-up, the problem is simple to fix:
- Heat some white vinegar in a bowl.
- Remove the aerator.
- Immerse it in the hot vinegar overnight.
- Take it out and clean it with an old toothbrush.
- Rinse and reassemble.
The flow from your faucet will instantly be much better. Aerators are water-saving accessories. However, if they become clogged with scales, they prevent water from flowing normally. It is, therefore, necessary to take care of their maintenance (2 to 3 times a year), especially if you live in a region with hard water.
Cleaning a faucet with lemon
Lemon contains citric acid, which is a valuable ally in removing traces of limescale.
For the daily maintenance of every faucet, it is perfect.
- Cut a lemon in half.
- Scrub the faucet with the pulp of one half.
- Leave for 5 minutes.
- Rinse off.
This tip works for cleaning a faucet as well as the shower stall. Lemon is acidic enough to remove traces of limescale.
Tips for cleaning and maintaining a shower stall
Limescale is the bane of bathrooms, and even more so of shower stalls with glass doors or walls. Mixed with soap residue, it forms a deposit on the surface of the glass, gradually making it more and more opaque.
If you don’t have a lemon, you may have citric acid in your household products.
- Mix 3 teaspoons of citric acid with a little water. The goal is to obtain a paste.
- Apply this paste to the accessories or areas to be descaled.
- Leave it on for a few minutes.
- Rinse and wipe with a cloth.
- The result is impeccable.
Baking soda to descale stainless steel
- In a bowl, mix a little baking soda and water. We want to obtain a paste.
- Using an old toothbrush or sponge, clean the faucet or stainless steel surface with the baking soda paste.
- Then rinse with clean water.
- Dry with a clean cloth.
It’s your turn to descale your faucet
Of all these solutions, choose the one that seems most suitable.
The key is to clean, rinse and dry your home’s faucets thoroughly each time you clean them. This way, you will avoid problems and traces of limescale.