Innovative method to remove limescale from taps in 30 minutes

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Sink taps can often become encrusted with limescale, a hard, chalky deposit frequently found in kitchens and bathrooms, particularly in areas with hard water.

While limescale is harmless, it can impede the flow and pressure of water from a tap, making it essential to remove. However, cleaning it effectively requires the right products.

Vintage furniture restorer and Glasshouse Girl founder Jennifer Adler-Potts has experimented with various cleaning methods to tackle limescale on her taps, including vinegar and lemon juice, but found they exacerbated the problem.

She explained: "There was a crusty ring of limescale that just wouldn't come off and I'd tried leaving tissues soaked in Viakal (limescale remover), vinegar or lemon juice on it for hours. It made little difference apart from the acids starting to strip the chrome off."

Both white vinegar and lemon juice are acidic and can dissolve limescale efficiently, but they may also react with certain finishes or materials on taps, reports the Express.

Jennifer eventually found that an unexpected item from the bathroom cabinet toothpaste, coupled with a dental scaler was the most effective solution for removing limescale.

She advised: "Here are your tools (weapons) of choice... A microfibre cloth, toothpaste and, wait for it... a dental scaler! ".

"Toothpaste and dental scalers are specifically designed to remove tartar build-up (very similar to limescale) without damaging your enamel, which struck me as being very similar to chrome. And so, a hack was born."

All you need to do is apply a generous amount of toothpaste to the end and underneath a tap, where limescale typically accumulates.

Allow the toothpaste to sit on the tap for at least half an hour, or longer if the stains are particularly stubborn.

Once the time has elapsed, take the dental scaler with the head on its side and begin gently rubbing at the limescale.

Jennifer advised: "You want to use the side of the blade and not the tip. Don't press too hard, just start gently working away at the build-up starting from the back (you don't want to damage the tap after all)".

"[Bring] the toothpaste forward as you do so. You'll suddenly feel and hear some of the limescale start to chip off."

If the limescale proves difficult to remove, simply reapply the toothpaste and let it sit for an additional period (at least 15 minutes) to help loosen the limescale.

Once the limescale has been removed, put on a rubber glove and gently massage the toothpaste into the tap to ensure the final layer of limescale is completely eliminated, then turn on the tap and wipe the toothpaste away with a microfibre cloth.

The limescale should now be completely gone, leaving you with a gleaming clean tap once more.

Jennifer remarked: "The toothpaste is a gentle abrasive and it will remove the last residual layer of limescale which will slow down its return."

She also noted: "This technique works equally well on tap bases, round the tap head and in other hard to reach areas of limescale."