removing limescale

Removing Limescale as Part of an End of Tenancy Clean

Moving home can be an exciting time, but it’s important to focus on the smaller details.

An end of tenancy clean may be undertaken by the landlord, but this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ensure that the accommodation is left clean and presentable.

The occurrence of limescale around the home can vary, and it’s understandable that it can be missed when carrying out everyday cleaning.

However, over time the build-up can mean it has the potential to cause damage to pipes and appliances.

It’s worthwhile knowing how to remove limescale effectively, especially when carrying out an end-of-tenancy clean.

The following is an overview of what limescale is, as well as the different ways it can be removed.

Understanding Limescale

Some may be concerned that the presence of limescale poses a threat to our health, but this isn’t the case.

However, the presence of limescale can mean that appliance stop working in the way they should, and the showers and pipes aren’t as free flowing as they should be.

The Difference Between Hard Water and Soft Water

Limescale is common in hard water areas, due to the many dissolved minerals it contains. Magnesium and calcium are at the forefront of these minerals, and some even prefer consuming hard water because of this reason.

As soft water contains sodium, the likelihood of limescale is less likely, but this doesn’t mean it will never occur.

If you’re unsure of whether the property is situated in a hard water area or not, then there are a series of online guides that can be referred to.

If you do find the property is situated in hard water areas, then it’s likely that the end-of-tenancy cleaning will consist of a lot of limescale removal.

Finding the Right Cleaning Product

Whereas some may opt to use a chemical product when removing limescale, others will be keen to adopt something that contains natural ingredients.

There is room for both solutions, but it’s important to ensure that the approach you take isn’t going to be more time-consuming than it must be

If you find that there is a lot of limescale to contend with, then you may need to employ the use of a chemical product to ensure that the limescale can be removed.

Of course, there will be instances when a chemical product could unsuitable. Examples of this include skin irritation and allergic reactions.

It’s also important to ensure that we’re not using strong chemicals in some appliances.

For example, the kettle is used to make beverages, so using bleach isn’t viable.

Those looking for a more natural way if cleaning coffee machines and kettles can try adding two tablespoons of water softener to a kettle filled with water and allowing to the boil.

The same method can also be used with coffee machines. Those looking for an in-depth cleaning option free of chemicals can try soaking the kettle or coffee machine in lemon juice overnight, and then topping up the lemon juice with water in the morning and allow it to boil.

What Appliances Need to be Cleaned

The amount of limescale that can arise in relation to the end of a tenancy can depend on the location, as well as how many appliances are in place.

For example, those running a dishwasher, kettle and washing machine may have more to contend with more than those who only use the shower.

In the case of dishwashers and washing machines, there will again be dedicated products that can be used to make the process a straightforward endeavour.

Generally, any appliance that employs the use of water will often be a victim of limescale in some form, so it’s worth double-checking all the appliance, even if you’ve not had issues before.

Removing Limescale From Taps and Showerheads

As well the many appliances around the home, the formation of limescale can also occur on taps and showerheads.

Although the limescale can be easily removed in many instances, there are other factors that need to be considered when safeguarding the fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen.

Abrasive cleaning agents can mean that the taps and showerhead become scratched, which isn’t ideal when trying to leave the property in the best condition.

Fortunately, the removal process can be straightforward and doesn’t have to employ the use of heavy scrubbing, which could also cause scratches to the fixtures.

Although the use of a commercial limescale remover is fine, vinegar can also be used to ensure that fixtures in the bathroom and the kitchen are brought back to their former glory.

Simply soak a cotton cloth in limescale remover or vinegar and wrap around the fixture. When left overnight, the deposits can be cleaned away easily the following day.

Dealing with spouts can be a little more difficult, but this doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Simply use the same vinegar or limescale remover as before, but this time place in a plastic bag and affix to the showerhead using an elastic band.

Can Limescale Be Prevented

As advised, those that reside in a hard water area may find that limescale is inescapable, but it can be managed with some simple tactics.

These can involve simple tasks such as adding white vinegar in the toilet bowl before flushing and ensuring that the shower screen is cleaned each time the shower is used.

In some instance, there may not be enough time to carry out such chores, but it’s still important that they’re carried out when carrying out end-of-tenancy cleaning.

As such, some may need to employ the services of a professional end of tenancy clean. This ensures that you can leave the property in the best condition possible

Of course, there can be an instance where a landlord just wants to ensure that the flat or house is ready for new occupants and need a fast but professional cleaning service to ensure that this is the case.

Aim to Clean is a professional cleaning company that has several years’ experience when it comes to the end of tenancy cleaning, regardless of the property size.

If you’re currently considering an end of tenancy clean, then why not contact Aim to Clean to discuss your requirements in more detail.