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What is limescale and how do you deal with it?

Do white stains in the bathroom, kitchen and your household appliances sound familiar? Yes? Sounds like you’ve already come face to face with unsightly limescale. And it’s not just a question of aesthetics: it can also damage your plumbing and small appliances, such as the washing machine, kettle and coffee machine. So don't underestimate limescale!

If you want to prevent it from driving you crazy, you’ve come to the right place! Today we’ll tell you all you need to know about limescale and how to tackle it once and for all. So take note!

What is limescale?

Running water naturally contains minerals, which adhere to surfaces and create white deposits: limescale build-up! Thus, the higher the concentration of minerals in the water, the harder it will be. Basically, this could be an all-out limescale invasion!

However, some negative effects are not so visible, but are equally important! Limescale is more likely to appear when heating hard water, which means that your favourite small appliances are also the most vulnerable. As limescale builds up it starts to consume extra energy, shortening the life of the appliance and even ending its life completely. It would be nice to avoid that, wouldn’t it?

That’s why it’s important to know how hard the water is where you live. Did you know that there are a lot of hard-water areas in the UK? This is due to rain water passing through calciferous rocks where it is then enriched with calcium carbonate! Take a look at this map to find out the water hardness in your area before learning how to get rid of limescale.

How to remove limescale?

Knowing how to spot limescale is just as important as knowing how to deal with it. Luckily, it’s an easy task once you have the right tools. Follow these tips and limescale won’t dare show its face!

  1. Keep limescale at bay
    Limescale is highly resistant. The longer you leave it, the more it will accumulate. So get used to cleaning the shower, screens and taps after using them, as well as your kitchen and appliances. By preventing limescale from reappearing, you'll save a lot of effort (and money)!
  2. Scrubbing is not enough
    We’re sorry to say that scrubbing is not the best option if you want to avoid damaging the surfaces and appliances in your home and wasting precious time and effort too. Just use a specific limescale remover, like Oust “All Purpose Descaler”, and those mineral deposits will be gone in a flash! It’s a win-win solution!
  3. Let your limescale remover work!
    Getting that limescale under control is as simple as applying the limescale remover to the affected area and then wiping it off with a dry or damp cloth. The length of time you leave the product on for will depend on how encrusted the limescale is. Your descaler will do all the work for you!
  4. Even if you can’t see it
    Remember, limescale also builds up on your appliances and may block water flow. But stay calm! Let your specialised solution keep them almost brand new. They’ll be shining again in no time at all!
And it’s as simple as that. From now on, the victory against limescale will be yours. As you can see, dealing with it is as simple as changing a couple of habits and using the best limescale remover for the job. And, remember, preventing limescale deposits is the best way to avoid them!