How To Keep Your Shower Screen Limescale Free
How To Keep Your Shower Screen
Published: 18 September 2013 | By Paul Durkin.
Limescale is the deposit of calcium carbonate left behind from hard water. When this deposit mixes with soap you get that unsightly grime gathered around your bath or shower screen.
With over 60% of UK households supplied with hard water, this is a problem facing many.
As limescale can rapidly accumulate, it is important to keep on top of this as any build-up will diminish the look of your screen. To help you, this guide has been divided into three sections, showing you how to:
1. Reduce the build-up;
2. Eliminate the build-up; and, when all else fails,
3. Quickly remove limescale.
1. Reducing The Build-Up Of Limescale:
As bathrooms naturally have a high level of moisture, they are a breeding ground for bacteria and mould. You therefore need to take preventative methods, otherwise limescale will rapidly overtake your bathroom.
- Every day, using a bathroom squeegee, remove any water droplets and soap suds. By doing this every day you're reducing the time water will spend on your screen, which gives less opportunity for the limescale minerals to deposit.
- As limescale will naturally build-up in humid areas, an obvious solution which won’t cost you a penny is to use a fan whilst showering. If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a fan, however, leaving your door open for 15 minutes after showering or bathing will work in exactly the same way.
- Reducing the build-up of condensation is also important as this will reduce the risk of dampness and the growth of mould. As condensation occurs when moisture comes into contact with cold surfaces, all you need to do is ensure you have a steady heat source to regulate the temperature in your bathroom - This can easily be achieved with a radiator or heated towel rail.
2. Eliminating Limescale Build-Up:
For the easiest way to keep your bath screen limescale free, look out for one with protective glass. The beauty of this protection is that it also prevents the build-up of water spots which can settle and reduce the crystal-clear look of your screen.
The most common protection you will find is called ClearShield: A factory applied spray which prevents water from settling onto the screen, instantly turning it into water droplets which will run straight off the glass; this will keep your bath screen looking immaculate.
The top 3 selling shower screens with ClearShield protection are:
- The Design Semi Frameless Double Screen
- The Design Semi Frameless Triple Screen
- The Supreme Overbath Slider
If you already have a shower screen, and don’t want to shell out lots of money for a new one, then you can buy DIY spray which you simply apply and it will work in the same way.
3. How To Quickly Remove Limescale:
If it is too late, and your bath screen is already riddled with limescale, then you are going to need to remove it. Follow these simple steps to quickly remove limescale and keep your bath or shower screen free from this unsightly menace.
- Firstly, remove any excess grime with an old toothbrush – Just remember which toothbrush you’ve used; you wouldn't want to mix it up with your current one!
- Then, using a simple solution of 1 quarter vinegar to 3 quarters water, apply it to your screen and you will be able to quickly tear through that grime and tackle the limescale head-on.