Are you trying to figure out how to remove calcium from shower screens and flooring? Calcium and limestone can be quite stubborn and don’t come off as easily as you may think. Luckily, we’re here to help! In this article, we’ll cover how to effectively remove calcium and limestone from your shower. Let’s get right into it!
How Does Calcium Build Up?
Before we learn how to remove calcium from shower screens and floors, it’s useful to know how calcium builds up in the first place. The white, hard stains you see on your shower screen is known as calcium or limescale. It’s caused by the evaporation of hard water which leaves minerals and limescale stuck on your shower screen. While limescale and calcium carbonate isn’t harmful to your health it’s definitely not a good look. So how do you get rid of it?
How to Remove Calcium from Shower Screens
The important thing to remember when removing calcium from the shower is to do so with as little abrasion as possible, so as not to damage the rest of your shower. To do this, you should aim to cut through and dissolve the build up.
Vinegar or lemon juice are perfect build up removers. Pour either (or a combination of both) in a spray bottle and generously spray the calcium and leave for 10-20 minutes. You may need to apply more solution during this time. Once you’ve adequately let the vinegar or lemon juice sit, use a microfiber cloth, soap and water to gently wipe off the buildup. For more stubborn stains, repeat the process once or twice.
You can also opt to use limescale removers bought from supermarkets or hardware stores. Be aware that these cleaners are typically more corrosive than vinegar or lemon juice so make sure you’re wearing appropriate protective gear (such as rubber gloves and goggles) when applying it.
How to Prevent Calcium Build Up
Instead of regularly pulling out the white vinegar spray, why not try preventing calcium and limescale from building up in the first place? You can do that by installing a water softener or shower filter on your showerhead. This reduces the amount of minerals coming out of your shower. While it may not completely prevent calcium and limescale, it will dramatically reduce the rate at which mineral deposits build up.
No More Calcium and Limescale in the Shower!
Hopefully this article has shown you how to remove calcium from shower screens – no more annoying mineral build up in sight! For more cleaning and maintenance tutorials check out the rest of our articles at the MyHomeware blog! From cleaning drains to caulking your bathtub, we have the information you need to keep your bathroom in tip top condition.