Product Type: Harpic Household Cleaning
Newest Review: ... better than mine! That seems a reasonable price to pay if they work. ~~Harpic to the Rescue!~~ I read the packet with more care... more
Power to Rid your Loo of Lime Scale
Harpic Power Plus Tablets
Member Name: Verbena
Harpic Power Plus Tablets
Advantages: Fulfils its claim to remove lime scale below the water line
Disadvantages: Caution needed because of the irritant ingredients
~~A Lime Scale Problem~~
When we first moved into our current home, twenty years ago now, everything was brand new as we were the first people to occupy it. Now, as is they way of things, everything seems to be wearing out at once. This, coupled with the serious issue we have with lime scale in this area, probably explains why the toilet in our en-suite bathroom began to look disgusting, coated as it was by a discoloured layer of lime scale at the bottom. We are actually waiting for a quote to get the whole bathroom refitted, as the lime scale is a real problem in the shower, too. However, with the toilet, it had got to the point where I felt I really had to try everything I could to improve it as I actually felt ill even when cleaning it.
~~ In Search of a Solution~~
I had used anti-lime scale tablets in the past, but in recent years have found them really hard to track down. I was relieved, therefore, when I spotted a pack of these Harpic tablets in my local Tesco quite recently. Maybe they had been there all along and I hadn't looked carefully enough: I don't know. They come in quite a small black box with white graphics and lettering, so I suppose I could have missed them. The claim to remove 100% lime scale was the deciding factor about whether or not to buy. The compact size of the box makes storage quite easy. There are eight individually wrapped tablets in each box. At £2.50 per box, that works out at £0.31 each, according to the Tesco website, whose Maths is undoubtedly better than mine! That seems a reasonable price to pay if they work.
~~Harpic to the Rescue!~~
I read the packet with more care than I confess I'd normally take, because I was aware that the ingredients were likely to be powerful. Indeed, on the reverse I soon spotted a cross on a bright orange square with the word IRRITANT beneath. Even with my reading specs on, though, I find it hard to read the actual ingredients as it's in very tiny script. No matter, for most of us it's enough to say that, among other things, there are non-ionic surfectants, anionic surfectants, and oxygen based bleach agents. I can't pretend I really understand that. Thankfully there's a larger box above this, headed CAUTION, which says that this must not be mixed with bleach products or any cleaning product. As well as the usual 'keep out of reach of children' etc it says that there's a serious risk of harm to eyes, and tells you what to do should you get it ni your eyes. In bold letters you're told to seek medical advice immediately if you swallow it, and the medical people should be shown the container. Other cautions include the possible effects on the aquatic environment and organisms - so don't use it to clean out your fish tank! What I do like about the packaging is that the information is given only in English and Danish, so it's easy to spot the English version, and illustrations are effectively used to reinforce the instructions.
~~I Have the Power!~~
You should use plastic or rubber gloves to remove the tablets from their protective wrapper. I have to confess I don't! You lift up the loo seat, and drop the tablet into the toilet bowl - caution - it may splash if you do this from too great height and that is not pleasant! If the lime scale problem isn't too bad you may only need to use one tablet, but two if it's as bad as ours was. You're supposed to leave it unflushed, then, for a minimum of 20 minutes, though realistically to get it clean six hours is the ideal. There's no need to scrub. The water turns quite a bright blue when the tablet has dissolved, so it's pretty obvious that something's in there. When time is up, you simply flush the toilet and see if it's done the job. Of course, it's only going to clean below the waterline and in the U-bend; it won't clean above the waterline. Our toilet was so bad that I had to use two tablets on three separate occasions before I was satisfied, even though I could see a clear improvement after each treatment. The packet advises using two in these situations. Now I can do the maintenance dose of 1 tablet once a week and hopefully that will keep it looking clean enough until it's replaced. I noticed on the side of the packet that using Harpic Power Plus Liquid in between treatments is recommended for use under the rim and above the waterline. I suppose they would say that, but it seems quite a good idea to show how using the tablets might fit into a complete cleaning regime.
None of the liquid lime scale removers I'd tried had coped with the problem. I was very satisfied with the result I eventually achieved from using this product. I don't think the toilet could have cleaned up any better than it did. It will still be replaced, but I don't feel disgusted about it now. I've still got one tablet left, but I shall be making sure I have another packet in stock so that I can do a maintenance weekly clean, and unfortunately I know I will need to use them with the new toilet, as the lime scale issue is here to stay! So I rate this as a 5 star product for anyone with a lime scale problem.
Harpic is part of the Reckitt Benckiser Group
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Summary: Powerful tablets to remove lime scale from the loo!
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