The chalky white build-up left behind on sinks, showers and worktops is a common problem in the UK. Limescale is a bigger problem in hard water areas and situations where cold water is heated and then allowed to cool, such as kettles and hot water tanks. The build-up of limescale is unsightly and can impede the function of domestic appliances so most people will want to remove it from their granite tiles or marble worktops. Continue reading for our top tips on how to remove limescale from marble and granite.
Regular cleaning is the best solution
It may be too late, but it’s easiest to tackle limescale when the build-up is small. Drying areas that regularly get wet (such as around taps) can prevent the problem from getting worse, and regular cleaning (with a scrubbing brush if necessary) can remove small amounts of limescale which will avoid the need to spend long periods of time removing limescale from your marble or granite surface. Remember to wipe up water spillages off of your surface too to protect Granite countertops and marble worktops from limescale build up. Simple steps such as drying water spillages and regularly cleaning can reduce limescale buildup, protecting your surface in the long run.
Don’t use vinegar or lemon juice to remove limescale
Limescale is mainly calcium carbonate, which can be easily dissolved by mild, food-safe acids like kitchen vinegar or lemon juice. While this is great news if you want to clean your kettle (just fill it with vinegar and leave it to soak overnight) these home remedies shouldn’t be used on marble worktops, or on any stone with a high-gloss finish.
Calcium carbonate is not only the main ingredient in limescale which is one of the substances that makes up marble. This is one reason you have to be particularly careful when using products that remove limescale on natural stone. A strong cleaner that dissolves limescale can also damage a marble worktop.
High-gloss finishes in any stone can be dulled by acids and strong cleaners, as they create micro-abrasions on the surface. So even though you can’t feel or see any damage, a dull patch can appear. On rougher granite and quartz worktops, vinegar can normally be used, but make sure you do a test before using it as a general cleaner.
Do use a specialist cleaner for natural stone
For the best results when removing limescale from Granite countertops and marble surfaces, use a good cleaner that is specialist for your particular type of surface stone. This is essential when marble or granite has been used for surfaces such as worktops or tiles to ensure they last as long as they should. These stones are extremely durable but they should be cared for properly to extend their life and keep them looking as good as new.
Don’t try to chip limescale away
Any tool that can remove limescale is likely to damage the surface beneath it. This applies equally to stone tiles as to a linoleum counter – limescale is tough. Remove limescale from marble effectively and without damage by using a specialist cleaning product.
Polish up afterwards
Having worked on a limescale-ridden area on a bath or counter, you’ll often notice a slight difference in colour afterwards. This is often simply an optical illusion due to focussing on one area for so long, but if you’re worried giving the whole worktop a clean and a polish (using an appropriate polish) can work wonders and give the surface a brand-new feel. This is as true for (dare we say it) wood or ceramic as it is for our own favourite stones.
If you’re looking for help on how to remove limescale from granite countertops or marble tiles, speak to one of our experts at SMG who can offer suggestions on the best specialist cleaning products to use, as well as offer general maintenance advice to ensure your stone lasts.
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