How to deal with limescale in hard water areas

Over 60% of areas in the UK suffer from hard water and, of course, for the people who live there, limescale is an unwelcome flatmate. Limescale builds up in all small appliances, and water stains appear in the kettle, toilet, shower head, taps, steam iron, etc. The build-up of limescale over a year can reduce household energy efficiency by up to 40%.

If you’ve seen this at home, it means you're probably living in a hard water area. But don’t panic! There’s still hope. First of all, find out how hard the water is in your area. You can check it here, on our UK water quality map.

How to remove limescale

Now that you know the water hardness in your area, it’s time to get answers to your questions, like how to remove hard water stains. You’ve probably seen it all over the taps, in the toilet and even on the shower head. But it’s pretty easy to get rid of limescale, especially if you choose a good limescale remover.

From the Oust range, you can choose the “All Purpose Descaler”, or the “Smart Brush” for hard to reach areas. Both are very easy to use and way more effective than homemade descalers like white vinegar or baking soda. Just follow the instructions on the pack or check it out here. And remember to repeat the process frequently as part of your house cleaning routine.

Now for the kettle. Well, it’s pretty much the same. Limescale will leave a nasty sediment in your kettle, and that’s definitely not your cup of tea! So, you can choose our “All purpose” product, or one specifically for kettles. It’s the best ever hard water residue remover!

In just three steps you’ll have your kettle looking like new again and it will last longer! Watch our video to learn how to remove limescale from the kettle.

Hard water, calcium and magnesium, limescale deposits… you know what we’re talking about. If you live in a hard water area, you’ve certainly experienced the consequences in your daily life.

Let’s be clear: preventing the effects of hard water is important, but so is removing limescale when it has already taken hold of your small appliances! We want to maintain their efficiency and make them last longer. But where are the hotspots for these annoying deposits?

Here’s a list of the most important appliances to descale. Ready?

Preventing hard water problems

You should descale every three months if you live in a hard water area, or every six months if in a soft water area.

Keeping these little tips and the care of your small appliances in mind, you won’t be able to change the water quality in your area, but dealing with limescale will be much easier than keeping the dust off your shelves. Promise!