You wouldn’t believe the state that a nice looking kitchen surface can get into simply from water staining.
These pictures demonstrate that, without too much trouble, limescale build-up caused by hard water can create a snowstorm of discolouration to an otherwise pristine granite top.
And water’s meant to be clean! Well, it is. It’s just what’s in the water that causes the problems.
Anyway, if you are house proud and have desire to see hard water stains and scum marks building up in your kitchen, bathroom or downstairs cloakroom, what’s the best way to sort out the problem?
There’s no getting away from the fact that cleaning is required. Even if you don’t experience limescale build-up (probably because you have softened water in your property) all surfaces will require cleaning from time to time.
With hard water on tap, however, you’ll find cleaning will be required more frequently to keep the sum away. And if you’ve splashed out on having classy looking granite or corian surfaces in your kitchen the last thing you’ll want is to have them tarnished with scum.
Whilst there are numerous products out there that can be regularly applied, like Cif, Mr Muscle, Dettol etc, if you would prefer not to keep using these substances, here are a few DIY tips for keeping limescale at bay around the home.
Keeping laminate countertops clear of hard water stains
Whilst a laminate surface will generally be stain-resistant (the darker the surface, the worst it will appear), if possible, make sure to stay clear of chemical cleaners or harsh cloths on laminate countertops.
Instead, first off, use warm water, a touch of washing-up liquid and a soft sponge to wipe away any greasiness. Then make a paste from one part water to three parts of bicarbonate of soda, which you should administer to each area that’s stained. Leave the paste on there for about half an hour and then wipe the surface clean, making sure it finishes up nice and dry.
Cleaning hard water from granite surfaces
Granite and corian make kitchens look the bizzo! But as stylish and hard wearing as they may be, limescale has absolutely no respect for their enviable appeal. Indeed, the darker the surface, the more limescale deposits will are likely to make an unwanted appearance.
But you need to be careful how you clean these beautiful natural stone surfaces – don’t be too gung-ho – because, more often than not, they will have been protected by sealant, to prevent scratches.
So make sure you clean any granite or corian surfaces with warm water and washing up liquid, administered with a non-abrasive scrubbing pad. Then make sure the area is properly dried. That should be sufficient. But, if limescale staining is still visible, go for the one part water to three parts bicarbonate of soda paste approach. Leave the paste on the stained area for a good few hours, if you can, before rinsing off and thoroughly drying the area once again.
Removing stains from your bathtub
No one wants to lie in a bath with tide marks and a distinctly unsmooth surface caused by grimy residue from previous usage. To ensure the surface is lovely and smooth before bath time, stir up a paste comprising equal measures of bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar. Put the paste on the affected areas and leave it there for about 15 minutes. Then rinse the area with water. This should do the trick, but for persistent stains, repeat the exercise or leave the original paste in place for longer – even overnight if possible.
Removing hard water stains from stainless steel or porcelain sinks
Although stainless steel sinks are going to show up stains caused by hard water far more than porcelain, even so, you’ll still find that porcelain will attract limescale deposits that feel bitty and rough to the touch. With porcelain, especially, be careful not to use over abrasive cleaners or pads, as you could end up permanently marking the surface. The same non-abrasive cleaners are also recommended on stainless steel sinks and counter tops.
We hope this proves useful.
Of course, to make life easier still – and to avoid unsightly water stains from quickly returning after every well-intentioned round of cleaning - you may wish to consider getting a water softener. This is the best way to stop limescale and all its horrid deposits for good…
To discuss the most appropriate soft water solution for your property, please contact the area’s number one sales and service provider, SJ Water Softeners, on 01243 607494 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org