How to Clean Lime Scale Buildup

Filed under: Home Cleaning


Have you noticed a chalky white deposit on your faucets, in your tub, or perhaps in the bottom of your coffee pot? You’re probably looking at lime scale, which is the result of mineral deposits from hard water. Lime scale is unsightly, leaving bright silver or chrome fixtures looking dull, and it can even damage sinks, toilets, and tubs. Over time, lime scale will make it harder for you to remove soap scum from affected surfaces.

Prevention is key. Like most problems in life, prevention is the best remedy. If you have very hard water in your home, there are various products which can “soften” it, or remove the minerals so that cleaning and operation of your appliances is more efficient. If you have noticed lime scale in your home, or if your shampoo isn’t sudsy or your dishes aren’t coming out of the dishwasher clean, you could have hard water.

Luckily, you can remove most hard water deposits without purchasing expensive products. Keep in mind that it is easier to remove if you do it regularly, before you have a lot of build-up. If lime scale accumulates too much, it can actually damage the surfaces. Consider a shower door; once the deposits have been removed, you may still notice small half-moon shapes on the glass. That is the resulting damage to the glass itself and nothing can be done to remove it.

But if you already have build-up in your home…there are products that, along with a bit of time and elbow grease, will remove most lime scale. However, regular cleaning is the best way to prevent it from becoming a bigger problem. Give us a call at MaidPro of Temecula and Murrieta (951-506-6100), and we will give you an estimate on regular or one-time home cleaning services.