How to remove limescale from taps: tips to make them shine

Taps are an important part of our homes, but often limescale build up can compromise both their functionality and appearance. Removing limescale from taps may seem like a lot of work, but with the right techniques and products you can restore them to their original splendour.

Limescale, in fact, is a substance that forms due to the presence of minerals in the water supply, leaving unsightly white stains on taps. To get rid of it, you can use natural remedies such as lemon juice or baking soda. These ingredients are delicate but effective in removing limescale, and can be applied directly to taps. Just scrub gently with a soft-bristled brush and rinse well.

If you are looking for a quick way to make your taps and fittings look as good as new, we have collected our most useful tips!

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Cleaning taps effectively without ruining them requires care and the use of the right techniques and products. First of all, do not use aggressive chemicals, such as bleach or ammonia, as they can damage the taps. Instead, opt for mild detergents and non-abrasive detergents, such as neutral soap or glass cleaner diluted in lukewarm water. These products are less corrosive and will not damage the surface of taps. Use a soft cloth or a non-abrasive sponge to clean the taps: abrasive sponges or stiff brushes, which can scratch or dull materials, are strictly forbidden. Gently scrub the surface of the taps in a circular motion, focusing on areas with a build-up of dirt or limescale.
Finally, always remember to dry the taps after use to prevent the formation of water stains or limescale deposits. This will help keep taps clean and shiny for a long time.

How to dissolve stubborn limescale

When you have stubborn and persistent limescale build up on your taps, it may be necessary to use more aggressive methods to dissolve it: one effective remedy is to use citric acid. Citric acid is a natural acid that can dissolve limescale safely. Prepare a solution by diluting citric acid in hot water following the product instructions. Soak the tap components in the solution for a specified amount of time, usually 15 to 30 minutes. Next, scrub gently with a soft bristle brush to remove limescale. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.

Another method is to use white vinegar. White vinegar is acidic and can dissolve limescale effectively. Wet a cloth with white vinegar and wrap the cloth around the affected tap parts. Leave it to act for a couple of hours or even overnight, then remove the cloth and scrub carefully with a soft bristle brush. Finally, rinse with plenty of water and dry thoroughly (n.b. Residual water is the most tenacious enemy in the fight against limescale or the presence of unsightly whitish stains, so for proper maintenance and cleaning of metal parts such as taps and fittings for the kitchen, never neglect the drying phase, which is just as important as the cleaning itself).

What is the most powerful limescale remover?

The market offers various powerful limescale removers that can tackle even the most stubborn limescale deposits. One of the most effective is Chanteclair No-Drip Universal Limescale Remover, a gentle but effective product that can dissolve limescale quickly and efficiently.

Remember: this limescale remover is super-strong, even against the most stubborn limescale and prevents redeposits when used regularly. Moreover, due to its no-drip feature, it protects surfaces by making them brilliant, thus making materials and chrome finishes look their best. Finally, we also recommend it as your ally against terrible traces of rust.


Here are five useful tips as a quick reminder on how to remove limescale from taps:

  1. White vinegar: soak a cloth or sponge in white vinegar and wrap it around the affected parts of the taps. Leave it to work for a few hours or overnight. Then, gently wipe with a damp cloth and rinse well.
  2. Soft bristle brush: if you really care about the original appearance of your taps, always use a soft bristle brush to remove limescale from the surface of your taps. Make sure not to use hard brushes or abrasives that could damage them.
  3. Specific products for limescale removal: there are specific products on the market specially formulated to remove limescale. However, remember to carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions for correct and safe use.
  4. Prevention is better than repair: to prevent limescale build-up, dry taps after using them to prevent water stains. This will reduce the possibility of limescale deposits.
  5. Regular maintenance: clean taps regularly using mild detergents. This will help keep your taps clean and prevent persistent limescale build-up.

By following these simple precautions and using the most suitable methods and products, it is possible to clean taps without damaging them, thus maintaining their functionality and appearance over time.

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