How Limescale affects household appliances

  • 03rd June 2013
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  • Posted In: Cleaning Limescale

Approximately 60% of the UK population live in hard water areas; therefore Limescale is affecting a large part of the British population. Not only does it look particularly unpleasant it can also cause issues with many household appliances containing heating elements such as kettles and coffee machines and in some cases even your washing machine and dishwasher. However, it is not always a subject that is discussed, so here are a few answers to clear up any queries you might have regarding Limescale.

What is Limescale?

Limescale is an off-white chalky substance which comprises bicarbonate and calcium. It builds up over time and is the remnants of hard water. It is formed due to the transfer of minerals from limewater or chalk to water.

What are the effects of Limescale?

The effects of Limescale include:

• Staining of surfaces
• Clogged pipes
• Skin irritation
• Decreased energy efficiency of household appliances because of heating elements being coated in Limescale

If Limescale is allowed to build up over time, it can hinder the proper functioning of appliances leading to extra costs to repair them or buy new items.

How can Limescale be prevented and removed?

There are several options available ranging from low cost day to day measures to more complex long term remedies. Below are a few popular methods:

Home Remedies

Many believe in the power of the ‘home remedy’ to prevent the build-up of Limescale, through the use of lemon or vinegar. However, these remedies only work on a small scale and take much longer to generate results. They also tend to leave a rather unpleasant residue that affects that taste of the water afterwards.

Water Softeners

Water softeners are devices that are installed alongside the mains water supply and treat the hard water as it passes through the device. They are expensive and treat the water before you have even used it. This means that you get the benefits of soft water, which include more lather in the shower and less Limescale in your pipes. Turning hard water into soft water may seem like the ideal solution, however, the water in hard water areas regularly wins awards as it contains a natural combination of calcium and magnesium that give it a very distinctive taste. Water softeners are an expensive way of removing these minerals and you may find it affects the taste as well. 

Descalers

There are many Descalers available from the high street and online that can be used to specifically target Limescale.  Whilst they all help remove Limescale, the level of protection against its reappearance differs from product to product so it is worth doing your homework. Most of them will also eliminate the unpleasant smells that Limescale may create within your appliances but be careful as some just replace these smells with unpleasant odours of their own.

Removing limescale using the right decalcifier

  • 07th September 2012
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  • Posted In: Cleaning Espresso

durgol® swiss espresso® is highly effective at removing limescale but at the same time gentle to your machine
• durgol® swiss espresso® works up to 10 times faster than other branded decalcifiers. There is no need to interrupt the decalcification process to wait for durgol® swiss espresso® to work.
• One portion (125ml) of durgol® swiss espresso® can dissolve up to 10g (0.35oz.) of lime. This is sufficient to decalcify one espresso machine once.
• Because of its special corrosion protection formula, durgol® swiss espresso® will not damage your espresso machine when used correctly. No residue that could clog your machine will develop during decalcification.

durgol® swiss espresso® is easy and safe to use
• Because of the high decalcifying speed of durgol® swiss espresso®, decalcification is fast and easy.
• durgol® swiss espresso® comes ready to use. In contrast with powder or tablet decalcifiers, it is not necessary to dissolve durgol® swiss espresso® in water. Liquid durgol® swiss espresso® does not contain any additives, such as those found in tablets, which can clog your machine.
• One portion (125ml) of durgol® swiss espresso® provides a complete decalcification for your machine. Other decalcifiers are often under-dosed and therefore do not completely decalcify your machine.
• durgol® swiss espresso® is safe for you
• durgol® swiss espresso® leaves no chemical residue after decalcification and rinsing. durgol® swiss espresso® is odorless and leaves no taste.

durgol® swiss espresso® is environmentally sound
• During the reaction of acid with lime, the acid is neutralized via the formation of salts. The presence of unused durgol® swiss espresso® in waste water contributes to the neutralization of lye which is present in the water from detergents. durgol® swiss espresso® does not fertilize the water.
• Because of its strong lime-dissolving ability, durgol® swiss espresso® can be dosed economically and in an environmentally-friendly way.
• The single-use portions prevent overdosing.
• The durgol® swiss espresso® bottle is made of PET and is therefore environmentally compatible and recyclable.

Removing limescale using durgol® swiss espresso® ensures your coffee machine delivers the perfect cup of coffee every time

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