Hard water (no we’re not talking about ice), is a pesky enemy to household cleanliness. Hard water refers to the mineral composition of water and its problems can be quashed with everyday household cleaning and investing in self-cleaning bathroom products.
Read on for some of the best ways to deal with hard water in your home.
The age-old remedy to many household cleaning problems is vinegar. Chances are you have vinegar in your house, perhaps your pantry or under the kitchen sink. As calcium is the main culprit in hard water, it’s highly reactive to acids like vinegar. Place small fixtures that have fallen to calcium deposit build-up in natural vinegar for about an hour. This will dissolve those unsightly calcium marks and mounds.
Distilled vinegar, on the other hand, is great for killing mould, bacteria, germs and washing away spots and white film. Hard water is also behind soap scum residue. 1/3 of apple cider vinegar and three parts of filtered water combined will remove soap scum from your bathroom and shower fixtures for a bathroom as good as new.
Running water through hot water heaters actually contributes to stains and mineral build-ups thanks to hard water.
Why does this occur?
Mineral precipitation occurs in the hottest part of the plumbing system. Over time, your hot water heater will collect scale. Simply by reducing the heater temperature, you will delay this collection process. Also, it’s important to flush your heater every now and then, to keep sediment from clogging up the fixtures.
So, reduce the temperature of your hot water heater, if you have one. This will not only reduce your household emissions but prevent or delay the effects of hard water in your home.
It’s vital to remove mineral build-up on your appliances. This advice also applies to your pipe systems. As time goes by, calcium build-up becomes harder to remove. To avoid the consequences of inaction, clean your pipes and appliances regularly to avoid prematurely replacing them. Products that are specially formulated for hard water will easily remove years of built-up spots, stains and film.
Use cleaning solutions that are:
- Abrasive, and/or
Consider the trusted vinegar as an inexpensive substitute if you’re struggling to find cleaning solutions that will do the job well.
While these are all good for the short-term, and cleaning the hard water effects that are already present, what about a long-term solution?
Revolution Showers are an Australian owned and operated game-changer in bathrooms and showers. Our range of self-cleaning showers save water, include decalcifying technology and come with a 25-year product warranty.
For a quick fix to deal with hard water in your home, try vinegar, temperature adjustments and good-quality cleaning solutions. For a bathroom that saves cleaning, hassle and boasts luxury, it’s time for a self-cleaning Revolution Shower.