Fresh water is a precious commodity in Australia, although in times of flood it doesn’t seem so. In some parts of the country the water is the soft kind that doesn’t require a lot of detergent to do the household washing. However, most areas have hard water containing calcium carbonate and other minerals.
How Limescale Forms on Surfaces
When this type of water is heated or even if it is left on a surface to cool and evaporate, the dissolved minerals stay attached to this surface leaving a chalky residue, which is known as limescale. If this surface happens to be a shower screen, it isn’t long before an unattractive build-up makes an otherwise clean shower look grubby.
This is a shame because when our team at Budget Shower Screens complete a new installation, the shower looks immaculate. New, clean glass teamed with spotless, shiny frames lifts the whole bathroom, and many of our clients remark that their new shower looks too good to use!
A Quick Wipe-over Every Day
There are some simple tips we offer our clients to prevent limescale build up. When the shower screen is brand new, the most obvious way is to prevent it happening at all. That is why we recommend that the shower recess be wiped out at least once every day.
This is not the news that most people want to hear, but by keeping a squeegee and a microfibre cloth in the bathroom, it only takes a couple a minutes after using the shower to wipe it dry. If you have an exhaust fan in the bathroom, run it for 10 or so minutes after you have wiped down to remove any lingering moisture.
Bicarbonate of Soda is an Old Remedy
If your shower screen already has a substantial limescale build up, you could buy some supermarket cleaners, or just use a couple of household items for a fraction of the cost. One method is to wet the shower screen, put bicarbonate of soda on a cloth and wipe over the glass. The bicarb forms a paste and will remove mineral deposits, limescale and soap scum. Rinse and dry off.
Plain White Vinegar Works Miracles
Another simple method is to put full strength white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on the screen. Wipe off with a non-scratch cloth, rinse off with warm water and dry off. With both methods, depending on the depth of the scale, you may need to leave the product on the screen for 10 to 15 minutes to get the best result.
With just a little extra effort, your shower screen will sparkle and gleam for many years after its installation.