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Question DetailsAsked on 1/7/2012

How do I clean lime deposits from a tile

I have a tile shower surround that has a thick build up of lime deposits. How do I remove them without damaging the tile.

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I'm not a professional but I have this problem in my home. We have very hard water in this area, leading to rapid buildup of lime deposits. You didn't mention whether your tile is ceramic or glazed, but the first thing I tried was vinegar on a toothbrush. It didn't help. There's a product called Lime Away, available at supermarkets and mass retailers that is used for lime deposits on these surfaces and even in coffeemakers, etc. It has a thick formula and is applied via trigger spray or on a damp rag, then rinsed off immediately. The instructions on the bottle say, "Not to be used on natural stone or marble. May etch some older or worn porcelain tubs and sinks or ceramic tile." I have used this on the 20 year old tile in my shower and tub with good results, but you'll want to read the back of the bottle, and perhaps test a small area before applying to the whole tub.

Answered 8 years ago by Tergiversada_1


Try a soda blasting machine using. A special kind if baking soda.sometimes You can find one at equipment rental at homdepot .

Answered 7 years ago by mrmattyb

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