Removing Limescale With A Steam Mop

Limescale is a problem that just about everyone can identify with. It not only affects a large segment of the world population, but also affects about 85 percent of the people in the United States. It is a problem that can not only make your taps, tiles and your shower heads look horrible, but it is also one that can interfere with the functioning of most household water appliances.

Limescale is caused by the calcium carbonate in your water supply. It is a hard and chalky substance that can be almost impossible to remove by hand. However, there is a household device that can tackle this substance, and this device is your steam mop.

Most steam mop reviews extol the virtues of the steam mop removing household limescale, but they usually don’t tell you how to do it. Which is why I’ve decided to write this article today. I am going to tell you how to turn your best steam mop into a limescale busting machine that will restore your taps and tiles back to their pristine state. Just follow these steps and you’ll have limescale removed from your kitchen and bathroom in no time flat.


Before you can tackle your limescale problem however, you are going to need the right steam mop for the job. Ideally, you will want a steam mop that has hand accessories you can use for the job, but if you don’t have one of these units, then a smaller steam mop—such as a pocket mop—will work just fine.

Cleaning Shower Heads And Taps

While you steam mop will handle most light limescale problems effortlessly, for bigger problems you might need to give it some help. For taps, coat them with either vinegar or lemon juice, wrap them up in a plastic bag and let them sit overnight. The acidity of the juice or vinegar will eat away much of that limescale build up. The rest can be removed with your steam mop.

Remove shower heads and soak them overnight in either vinegar or lemon juice. Then you can clean them with your steam mop quickly and efficiently.

Cleaning Tiles

It’s even easier to remove limescale from your bathroom tiles. Simply spray them down with a solution of vinegar and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Then place your steam mop on the scrub setting and begin removing the limescale in small sections. In not time flat, your tiles will be sparkling clean.

One Last Note

If your taps and appliances are affected by limescale, then your steam mop most likely is as well. That is why you should try to use distilled water in your unit every time you use it. If that’s not possible, then be sure to clean it out on a regular basis by running an approved descaling solution through it or by cleaning it out with vinegar.