How to Clean Limescale Off Taps (First part)
Calcium carbonate, known as limescale, can quickly build up on faucets that run hard water. It tends to sneak up on showerheads and kitchen sink taps, leaving hard white deposits around the spray holes and a cloudy film over the rest of the faucet. You can find a variety of spray-on chemical cleaning products that are designed to eliminate limescale. However, with a few household items, you can easily get rid of unsightly limescale buildup naturally, even from hard-to-reach areas. Just be sure not to use acidic cleaners, like lemon juice or vinegar, on metal-plated tap
Using a Lemon to Remove Limescale
Slice a lemon in half with a kitchen knife,Place 1 lemon half over the calcified area on the faucet. Position the lemon with the cut-side facing the end of the tap. Then push it onto the faucet so that the lemon “hugs” the fixture. Rotate the lemon back and forth until it really latches on and the faucet head is right in the center of all the lemon flesh. Cover all of the limescale with the lemon to allow the acidic juice to break down the buildup.
If you’re cleaning a larger fixture, such as a showerhead, place multiple lemon halves or thick slices over the entire area.
Secure the lemon in place with a plastic baggie and rubber band. Holding the lemon in place, cover it with a plastic baggie and keep it tight around the neck of the faucet. Then wrap a rubber band around the bag opening so that the lemon stays in place.
Leave the lemon in place for 2 to 3 hours or overnight. For best results, keep the lemon on the faucet overnight so the juices have plenty of time to loosen the buildup. After a few hours, though, you can check whether the limescale comes off when you wipe it with a cleaning rag.
Remove the lemon and scrub away the remaining limescale.
Unclog spray holes with a safety pin or toothbrush.
Wash off the faucet with fresh hot water.