How To Rid Your Bathroom Of Limescale

Limescale can cause big problems in the bathroom. It can fill pipes, reduce water pressure, make shower doors cloudy and detract from the overall beauty of your bathroom. Limescale comes from water that contains a high concentration of calcium and magnesium, also known as hard water. For obvious reasons, keeping away limescale is a priority for many homeowners. These tips will help you keep your home’s bathroom fixtures free of limescale.


Vinegar is slightly acidic, which means that it can easily eat through limescale and keep your fixtures looking shiny and new. Homeowners who have hard water problems will periodically use vinegar to clean the parts of their bathroom that are affected by limescale.

The easiest way to clean a fixture with vinegar is to leave that fixture sitting in a deep bucket filled with vinegar. Put the fixture in the vinegar and leave it there for an hour. When you’re done, pull the fixture out of the vinegar and use a toothbrush to scrub away any remaining limescale.

To remove limescale from a shower door, soak a paper towel in vinegar, then drape the paper towel over the affected parts of the shower door. Keep the paper towel wet with vinegar for an hour, then use a toothbrush to scrub away the mineral buildup. To prevent future limescale from gathering on your shower door, spray it with vinegar after every use and wipe down.

Purchase A Water Softener

Although vinegar is useful for removing limescale on fixtures and glass, it cannot be used to flush limescale out of pipes. Over time, mineral deposits will fill pipes, leading to reduced water pressure and clogs. Over many years, mineral deposits can cause your pipes to become completely unusable. The only way to truly protect your home from limescale buildup is to stop using hard water.

Traditional water softeners work by replacing calcium and magnesium with sodium. These appliances turn hard water into soft water, but do not remove hard water buildup from inside the home’s pipes. The water softener tank is attached to the home’s plumbing, and softened water is flushed through the pipes of the home. Water softeners must be filled with salt on a regular basis to continue functioning.

Buy An Electronic Water Descaler

An electronic water descaler softens water and removes hard water buildup from inside pipes, so for homes that already have a significant crust of limescale inside their pipes, electronic water descalers are an excellent solution to the problem. In addition, electronic water descalers need no regular maintenance or salt to be added to the system, so homeowners don’t have to worry about keeping the system going.

Consult With the Experts

At Terry’s Plumbing, we install water softeners and descalers in homes  throughout Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. If you believe you have hard water in your home, contact us today for an appointment at 412-364-9114.