How Do You Remove Limescale From Chrome Taps?

A bit of limescale on a tap might not seem like a big deal, but it can quickly build up, especially in areas that are hard to reach. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to get your chrome taps looking clean and sparkling again. One of the best ways to remove limescale from taps is simply to leave them to soak. You can do this with brand-name products such as HG Limescale Remover, which you can buy from most large DIY stores, or you can use common household substances, such as vinegar or lemon juice.

Vinegar is a strong acidic liquid that can dissolve limescale and other deposits, as well as leaving surfaces with a pleasant smell. If you have a particularly stubborn build-up, you can also scrub it with an old toothbrush or even a pumice stone (though be careful not to damage the surface of your taps in doing so).

If you’re really struggling with your limescale problem, you could try a specialised cleaning product designed to tackle hard water deposits. These are available from most larger DIY stores, including HG Bathroom Cleaner Shine Restorer and Viakal, and can be used in conjunction with a cloth to give your chrome taps the deep clean they need.

However, many of these specialist cleaners can be expensive and you might not want to purchase them if you’re not confident in your ability to safely use them without damaging your taps. The good news is that there are plenty of other simple, affordable, and natural products you can use to get your chrome taps looking sparkling again.

One of the most popular and effective ways to remove limescale from taps is to simply use lemon juice or white vinegar. Both of these contain citric acid, which can break down limescale deposits and leave surfaces with a fresh, clean scent. They’re also a lot cheaper than most of the branded limescale removers that are out there.

Another great way to remove limescale from taps is to dismantle the nozzle and leave it to soak in vinegar. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds, but it is a little fiddly, and you should be very careful not to scratch the surface of the chrome. Once it’s been descaling for around 20 minutes, rinse it and reassemble.

For other parts of a tap, you can soak cotton wool pads or toilet tissue in your descaling solution and wrap these firmly around the affected area. Leave the pads in place for at least an hour, and give them a squeeze every now and then to help the vinegar penetrate into the cracks and crevices of your taps.

Finally, a few drops of WD-40 can also be a great way to get rid of limescale from chrome taps and other metal objects. This versatile, inexpensive multi-use product is a great choice because it can be used on anything from electronic devices to sinks and drains, and can be used with a cloth or brush to gently remove stubborn deposits.