How to prevent limescale and soap scum build up

Soap scum and limescale build up in your bathroom is nasty, but as with everything… prevention is better than a cure. A common problem that homeowners face in the battle against hard water is a safe and effective way to remove stains on their glass surfaces. Hard water stains are deposits of minerals within the structure of the glass, and there are only a few options to get rid of the spots.

Nothing is quite as tough on glass as hard water. This means that in the worst cases, the damage is permanent. Glass is porous, which means it can be manipulated by chemicals. If this is the case, your shower door will need to be replaced and that’s expensive. So, if you see a potential problem with hard water, act quickly!

What is limescale? 

Limescale is made up of calcium carbonate, which is the residue of hard water and alkaline. Hard water contains a high concentration of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. After the water has evaporated, it leaves behind white, lumpy deposits of calcium carbonate or limescale.

Limescale can build-up quickly if not immediately cleaned. It then becomes hard, thick and a real challenge to remove. Limescale is either grey or white and has a chalky looking texture. In the worst cases, limescale can block pipes, showerheads, and your household appliances. It also makes your glass shower door look filthy. 

How to clean it

Cleaning your bathroom after every use is the best way to prevent soap scum and limescale build up. Just a quick wipe with a squeegee or microfibre cloth will do the trick. But if you haven’t kept up with this cleaning process for a long time or if the stains are old, it’ll be a tough job to get it sparkly clean again. It will take a lot of elbow grease and a skilled hand to remove the stains.

One DIY way to tackle the problem is to soak a cloth in vinegar and wipe it on the surface. Leave it alone for 30 minutes to an hour, then dip a scrub sponge into baking soda and gently scrub the glass. Rinse it off with water, and hopefully you’ll see the difference. People have also tried cleaning the spots with toothpaste, rubbing alcohol and ammonia but if nothing works or if you just can’t face the problem, you can count on Diamond Fusion.

There are some fantastic products you can purchase from our store that are specifically designed for removing limescale and soap scum but please note that they only work well if the build-up isn’t too bad. If the issue is more serious but still fixable, you can count on our professional shower restoration service. 

How we can help

The best way to attack soap scum and limescale stains is to hire a professional. Restoration is much more affordable than replacing, and our awesome technicians can restore up to 90% of glass surfaces and make them look great again. 

If you’re building or renovating, one of our friendly glass defenders can be onsite and out within an hour to give your newly installed glass shower door the best protection possible. We will visit your home and expertly apply our Diamond Fusion Defender range products to your shower glass. It gives your glass an incredibly smooth and water repellent surface, which makes the door much easier to clean. 

If your glass is older and already stained, it’s usually possible to restore it to its former glory. We’ll find out when we do an assessment. Trying to remove limescale after a serious build-up isn’t easy, but with Diamon Fusion there often is a way. Let’s do it now and protect your glass with nanotechnology that reduces your cleaning time by up to 90%! Call us today!