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.
Limescale 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 limescale quickly and effectively.
You Will Need:
- White vinegar
- Soft cloths or Paper towels
- Soap to wash car
- Good quality wax
- Spray bottle (optional)
Steps to Remove the Limescale:
- Combine one part water with one part white 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 limescale.
- 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 limescale 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 limescale 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.
- Although limescale is caused by hard water, it usually takes a while for the scale to build up. However, if you have hard water, there may be mineral deposits that are left behind after a wash. To prevent this from happening, rinse the car with distilled water when you have finished washing. Drying the car by hand with a cloth can also help to prevent the deposits from drying on the car.
- 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.
- There are filter attachments that you can get for a garden hose to soften the water.