Martin asked: I park in an underground car park, and water has been dripping through the roof leaving a lime scale deposit on the back window and rear of the car. Normal cleaning products don’t seem to shift the problem. Please help.
Lime scale deposits are left behind from hard water. They are commonly found in the home, but can occur anywhere a surface is continually exposed to the water. The removal techniques and products for lime scale are easy to find simple to use. Here are the steps to remove lime scale quickly and effectively.
You Will Need:
- Soft cloths or Paper towels
- Soap to wash car
- Good quality wax
- Spray bottle (optional)
Steps to Remove the Lime Scale:
- Combine one part water with one part vinegar in a spray bottle or bucket.
- Spray it onto the affected areas.
- Wipe the area with a clean, soft cloth.
- If using a bucket, moisten a cloth with the mixture and use it to wipe away the lime scale.
- If the lime is not easily wiping away, moisten a cloth with the mixture and lay it over the area.
- Allow it to soak for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove the cloth and wipe the loosened lime away.
- Repeat as needed until all of the lime scale is removed.
- The vinegar in the mixture will remove the wax that was originally on the car.
- Wash the car as usual once you are finished removing all of the lime.
- Apply a good quality wax to protect the finish.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If the lime scale is thick or stubborn, increase the amount of vinegar in the solution. For really tough areas, use straight vinegar.
- There are commercial cleaners available as well. Check the labels carefully to ensure the product is safe to use on automotive finishes.
- Do not use abrasive cloths or scrubbers as they will scratch the surface and could remove the paint.
- Clean spots as soon as possible. The sooner they are removed, the easier they will come loose from the surface.