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How to Prevent Limescale and Soap Scum with a Home Water Softener

Limescale and soap scum are unsightly and in extreme cases can cause damage to your plumbing. These ugly deposits can show up on your shower doors, sink fixtures, shower heads, and even your dishes. To understand how to fight limescale and soap scum effectively, you first need to know what causes it.

Where Do These Deposits Come From?

Soap scum and limescale are primarily caused by hard water

Soap scum is created when hard water reacts with certain compounds in your soap. This reaction creates what is known as "lime soap". The "lime soap" not only leaves behind unsightly scum, but also prevents lathering and makes your soap ineffective at cleaning.

Limescale, a hard chalk like substance, is formed when hard water, which contains high amounts of minerals, leaves behind deposits of calcium on your fixtures and plumbing. When these calcium deposits build up, they can become more than just a cosmetic problem. In extreme cases, buildup of limescale inside pipes or appliances can lead to inefficiency and costly plumbing repairs.

Eliminating Hard Water with a Home Water Softener

The best way to prevent soap scum and limescale buildup is to eliminate the hard water in your home with a home water softener. A water softener uses an ion exchange process to remove hard water minerals from your water, including those that cause limescale and soap scum. Water softeners contain an ion exchange resin that attracts and captures the dissolved minerals responsible for hard water and replaces them with sodium ions; thus turning your hard water into soft water. Soft water does not create soap scum or limescale, because the minerals responsible for those problems have been stripped away.

Now you know how to prevent soap scum and limescale – by installing a water softener. For expert assistance in selecting the best type of water softener for your home, contact your local Culligan dealer.

To learn more about home water softeners and their many benefits, be sure to visit our Water Softeners webpage.

Bonus Resources for Cleaning Soap Scum and Limescale:

If you don’t currently have a water softener installed, here are a few resources that provide tips for combating soap scum and limescale.

Please Note: Culligan Water is not affiliated with any of the websites listed below, and we have not tested the effectiveness of any of the cleaning methods provided. The listing of a website is not to be construed as an endorsement in any manner.

1. The BEST Soap Scum Remover {DIY Picture Tutorial}

This guide takes you through the steps of creating a DIY cleaning solution from a mixture of vinegar, cornstarch, and dish soap. See the full guide at: FabulesslyFrugal.com

2. Shower Door Cleaning: Soap Scum and Hard Water Stains

This article has solutions for fighting soap scum, water stains and mildew. They recommend the use of full strength white vinegar for removing stubborn soap scum. See the full article at: HowStuffWorks.com

3. How to Remove Lime Scale

This guide includes some great tips on how to remove lime scale from: faucets, kettles, sinks, tubs, shower doors and more. They suggest using white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice in various combinations and techniques to get rid of the stubborn buildup. See the full guide at: HowToCleanStuff.net

 

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