Say goodbye to limescale

Say goodbye to limescale

Wipe out those unsightly watermarks and get your sparkling surfaces back – and all without using an ounce of elbow grease.

If you’re one of the 60 per cent of Britons who live in a hard water area, it can seem like an endless battle to fight unsightly limescale in kitchens, bathrooms and appliances. Experts estimate that an average family of four in a hard water area will see about 30kg of limescale pass through their pipes in year, and it can sometimes seem as if all of that ends up on surfaces, taps and sinks. But with this guide, you can learn how to get it under control once and for all.

What is limescale, anyway?
Unless you’re very lucky, you’re probably familiar with limescale: it’s the off-white chalky crust that builds up over taps, stains shiny surfaces and covers the inside of your kettle. It appears because of the natural mineral deposits in water: when the water evaporates, the calcium carbonate dissolved in it is left behind as a residue. The hardest water areas, with the highest levels of calcium car-bonate, are found in central, east and south-east England.

Why should I worry about limescale?
Limescale is totally harmless when it’s dissolved in water, but when the residue builds up, it forms a hard white crust that’s unsightly on bathroom and kitchen surfaces and can prevent appliances such as kettles from working properly. Limescale build-up insulates the electric element of your ket-tle, stopping it from heating the water efficiently – so it costs you more in electricity and leaves you waiting longer for a cuppa! And removing limescale from taps, sinks and surfaces doesn’t just keep everything looking shipshape: it’s also helps prevent structural damage.

So how can I tackle my limescale problem?
Save yourself the scrubbing: it won’t shift hardened limescale and can damage your surfaces. But Viakal can dissolve it effortlessly. Viakal is safe for pretty much any sur-face, including porcelain, ceramic tiles, enamel, chrome, steel, glass and plastic. And because pre-vention is better than cure, it contains polymer technology that coats your surfaces and helps to prevent the formation of new watermarks. That means less cleaning for you next time.

To deal with limescale build-up in your kettle, just fill it up to the line with a half-and-half mixture of white vinegar and water. (If you don’t have white vinegar, you can try lemon juice.) Let it soak for an hour, then boil the kettle. Rinse it out thoroughly, and the limescale should have dissolved away. Now all you have to do is make a celebratory mug and put your feet up!

What about tricky areas such as taps?
Taps and showerheads are magnets for limescale, because so much water passes through them. But they can also be located in hard-to-reach places with awkward shapes to clean. Viakal’s thick formula is designed to cling for longer on vertical surfaces, giving it more time to work on curves, nooks and crannies. For tougher build-ups of limescale, try filling a cup with Viakal and tying with string to your taps, so you can soak them for longer. And once you’ve got rid of the hardened lime-scale, you can keep on top of things with a quick spray of Viakal and a wipe.

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Janiew12 10/11/2016

Not to be used on granite but would like to know with confidence can I use it on my stainless steel kettle, the shiny side?

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I often uses old ( otherwise consigned to the bin) saved toothbrushes and sometime dish brushes to use with Lime scale products, or even shoe polishes. Why buy specific products when you can reuse something you'd otherwise throw away.

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