Tips to Maintaining Limescale-Free Shower Screens

8 July 2016
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Do the hard white substances on your shower screens disgust you? Shower screens can be affected by the buildup of limescale over time. Limescale chiefly contains calcium carbonate that remains as white deposits after hard water (containing minerals) evaporates on the surface of your shower screen. If you often clean your shower screens and then rinse them off using water from the showerhead, leaving the screens to air dry, you will find limescale to be a recurring problem. Since the bathroom is used every day, it's important to keep the shower screens free from limescale as well as grime. Keeping your shower screens limescale free is simple. Here are a few tips to help you.

Eliminate the Buildup of Limescale

The first step to keeping your shower screens limescale free is eliminating the buildup of the limescale. This means that you will have to consider this aspect when purchasing the shower screens. Therefore, look for shower screens with a protective glass. This glass prevents the buildup of limescale and water spots on the screens. Some manufacturers apply a protective spray on the glass when making the shower screens. Therefore, you can ask your supplier about this when buying the screens. You can still eliminate the buildup of limescale on your existing shower screens. This may be the case where you are not comfortable spending on a new set of shower screens. You can simply buy a specialised DIY spray from your local home improvement store and apply it on the screens. The spray should work the same way as the factory-applied one.

Reduce the Buildup

Where elimination has failed, (for instance, when the specialised DIY spray doesn't do the trick), your next option is to reduce the buildup. To do this, you will need some preventive measures. Limescale typically builds up in humid areas. Therefore, try as much as possible to reduce the levels of moisture. You can achieve this by removing soapsuds and water droplets from the screens every day using a squeegee. You should also leave your bathroom door open for a few minutes after showering to help keep the humidity levels down. Leaving the door open works the same way as using a fan while showering.

Remove the Limescale Deposits

You need to know how to remove the deposits that already formed on your shower screens. Start by removing grime using an old toothbrush. You can then mix vinegar with some warm water and apply the solution to the screen. Scrub the screen until the limescale disappears. One key thing to remember when removing limescale is the contact time. In order to break down the limescale, the solution requires enough time to react with the calcium carbonate deposits. The longer you leave the solution, the better. However, remember that if you use strong acidic cleaners, leaving the solution for too long may cause it to start eating into surfaces such as sealants.