How to Remove Limescale from the Washbasin

How to Remove Limescale

Much of the dirt or grime that adheres to the sink can be removed with relative ease and care.

However, from time to time, in the sink appears and the scale is embedded generating aureoles or yellow and brown spots that are almost impossible to remove from the sink and cause some annoyance to try to remove them.

Fortunately, there are some tricks or tips to remove tartar from the sink and leave this sanitary device clean and without those stains that project little hygiene and some dirt in the bathroom and is certainly very similar to the problem of tartar in the toilet that some time ago was written in Practical Resources. Then I leave the reason for these stains and of course, the materials they need and how to get the scale out of the sink.

Why does this tartar form in the sink?

It must be said that the drinking water that reaches homes drags or rather, is composed of mineral salts and lime that are undoubtedly imperceptible to the naked eye but that little by little, settle and sediment in the mouth of the drain, edges of the faucets and virtually on any surface where there is some kind of puddle of water or drops that do not drain and thus, these are forming aureoles and yellow and brown spots difficult to remove in the sink.

On the other hand and of course, also cooperate in the formation of tartar waste and dirt as well as toothpaste or other liquids that are poured or discarded by the wash or sink and help in forming these ugly stains.

This information, step by step to detail the materials they need to remove tartar from the wash and of course, the process step by step.

Washbasin Scale Removal | Materials

  • Rubber gloves: this is an essential tool for cleaning the home and the bathroom to avoid the contact of germs and dirt as well as certain cleaning elements that can erode or damage the skin. It is recommended that they are long that is to say, beyond the wrists and it is recommended what they have some texture in the surface of the fingers to have a good grip and do not slide what is taken.
  • Sponge cloth or cotton cloth: Usually, in every home there is some type of cotton cloth or a sponge cloth for cleaning. It is necessary that it does not have a hard or very rough texture to try not to damage the sink.
  • Washbasin stopper: it is recommended or much better to have this element that allows to seal the passage of any liquid to the drain, but the same can be done without it.
  • White vinegar (1/2 or 1 glass approx.): it is mainly used in the kitchen, however, it has other uses such as beauty treatments and also for domestic cleaning. It can be purchased in a supermarket, is non-toxic and is given disinfectant properties.
  • Sodium bicarbonate (2 or 3 tablespoons approx.): is a water-soluble compound that is used for a vast amount of things and precisely one of these, is the domestic cleaning by its abrasive character, its disinfectant and environmental properties. This product can be purchased in drugstores, hardware stores or supermarkets and should always be handled carefully by adults.

Removing Limescale from the Washbasin | Step # 1

In the first place, the area of the sink should be cleared by removing or removing all those objects of toilet and things that are usually left on the sides (toothbrushes, toothpaste, towel, hairbrush, soap, etc.) so that in this way, do not bother and can do a thorough and deep cleaning of the surface of the sink and put on rubber gloves.

Removing Limescale from the Washbasin | Step # 2

Well, once the area has been cleared, we will proceed to cover the drain of the sink with the stopper, yes, you have it and it will serve logically, so that it does not drain the compounds that are going to be poured into the washbasin.

Removing Limescale from the Washbasin | Step # 3

So now, some bicarbonate and some white vinegar will be added to the inside of the sink and areas affected by tartar, calculating a sufficient amount to be able with a cloth or cotton cloth to wipe and scrub the surface of the sink and more precisely, by the areas where tartar has accumulated or formed i.e., where those yellow and brown stains are practically embedded in this sanitary device.

Note 1: If you feel it is more comfortable and better to mix the baking soda with the vinegar before pouring, it is a good option. You will need a bowl for that and something to stir and mix well.

In places that are difficult to access as for example, joints of the keys with the porcelain can be made use of some toothbrush in disuse and scrub well there with this and after that, in a towel paper moistened with vinegar will be put around the key.

Removing Limescale from the Washbasin | Step # 4

Once the rag or cloth has been neatly wiped and those areas with tartar moistened with this mixture are left, it should then be left to rest for a reasonable time so that it does its effect, that is to say, that it softens and desincruste everything.

Note 2 – The waiting time will depend on how embedded or adhered the tartar is. For a softer tartar can be a matter of a few minutes and for a more difficult tartar to remove a few hours or even an entire night. The important thing is that the tarred surface is submerged or in contact with the compound so that it takes effect and does not run down the drain.

Removing Limescale from the Washbasin | Step # 5

Finally, when you consider that a prudent time has passed according to the problem of the tartar that has been taken then, the cloth and passed and scrubbed by those areas and if things go well the tartar will come off leaving the sink clean, without tartar and also shiny by effect of vinegar and of course, the plug will be removed, it will be left to drain everything with some help of the water from the faucet.

Note 3 | In the case that you see or perceive that the scale of the washbasin did not come out completely, you can repeat the operation by increasing that yes, the waiting time and besides, being more generous with the mixture and also, how to pass and rub well with the rag or cloth.

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