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How to get limescale off your shower screen

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When heated hard water comes into contact with a surface, especially a shower screen, all the dissolved minerals present in the water tend to solidify resulting in a white lime scale deposit. This often turns into a cyclic problem for persons who clean shower screens and use the shower head water to rinse off the surface and leave it to air dry. Limescale deposits on the shower screen actually can raise questions about the hygiene of the shower itself and may lead to complaints as well as negative reviews from clients staying in the hotel. So, this begs the question: how can homeowners and hoteliers get rid of limescale from their shower screens?

Contact time

The major problem many complain about when getting rid of limescale build up is contact time. Generally, any cleaning solution requires adequate time to react with the calcium and disintegrate it.  Unluckily, you cannot simply wipe a rag over it—which is an error many commit. By spraying the cleaning solution and wiping it off straightway, it may appear like the limescale is removed. However, you'll notice that after a few hours the limescale will still be evident. In effect, the longer the cleaning solution makes contact with the limescale deposits, the higher the chances of breaking it down.

How to clean your shower screen

Primarily, whether you're using natural or chemical cleaning solutions, you'll need appropriate protective clothing as well as gloves in accordance with the best safety practices.

What you will need:

  • Limescale remover of your choice
  • Glass cleaner
  • Sponge featuring a soft and abrasive side
  • Glass cloth
  • Microfiber cloth
  1. Spray the limescale remover on the entire shower screen. Massage the surface area with a sponge, specifically using the coarse side. Work from the top section and downwards. Repeat this process several times.
  2. Bear in mind that contact time is essential so allow the cleaning solution to work for about ten minutes.
  3. Don't rinse the shower screen using the shower head water as you may be disappointed with the eventual hazier finish. In contrast, mix a bottle of glass cleaner with water and use a microfiber cloth to wipe over the shower screen. You'll be amazed to see the limescale deposits effortlessly lifting away.
  4. Finally, finish off by polishing the surface area with a window cloth.

In the end you'll notice a shower screen that looks as good as new. As a result, you can maintain that sort of cleanliness by incorporating this procedure into your weekly cleaning plan.