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Saying goodbye to Limescale!
Viakal Limescale Gel
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Viakal Limescale Gel
Advantages: It works!
Disadvantages: Can be a bit fiddly to apply
A month or so ago my partner had the tenants in his property leave and although they left the house itself in a clean state the taps and plugholes had unfortunately suffered at the hands of limescale. We live in a hardwater area and if left the limescale can build up. The tenants had been in the property for a few years and by the looks of things hadn't really bothered doing anything about it so before the new tenants moved in and wanting to keep the cost down we decided to purchase a product to try and tackle the limescale as we really didn't want to pay someone to sort it.
After browsing in our local discount warehouse for various items we came across in their cleaning product aisle a product called Viakal Liquid Gel. I had heard of Viakal before but had never used any of their products although from reading a few of their reviews their products are actually quite useful and do the job they claim. We bought a 500ml bottle for £2.50 which I thought was good value and should not work we haven't lost a great deal either.
What is it?
Viakal Liquid Gel is a specific treatment for limescale. It claims to remove the toughest limescale as well as watermark problems and leaving the surface with a problem free shine. However, there are numerous warnings about what surfaces not to use it on such as enamel baths, inside plastic kettles, gold plated taps, silver, marble or natural stones. This is due to it being an acid based product so it goes without saying that you keep it out of the reach of children as well as being careful when you use it.
The Viakal Liquid Gel comes in a white plastic bottle with a safety blue top. The front label depicts sparkling clean taps and plugholes as well as the Viakal logo. On the back of the bottle features information about the product, how to use it so it is effective, a long list of warnings and instructions.
My only gripe with the packaging is that it features silver coloured plugholes and taps yet cannot be used on silver or chrome plated taps etc. This to me is a bit misleading as lets face it there are some of us out there that don't always read the instructions word for word!
The liquid gel is blue in colour and has the same sort of consistency as a liquid soap and doesn't have a major smell to it although you do get subtle hues of a strong acid based smell similar to that of an oven cleaner! The top of the bottle once the cap is off there is a small plastic spout which is quite narrow making it easier to get the gel onto the required area as it is far more precise than just pouring it out especially if wanting to do the ends of taps.
Viakal advise that for tough, encrusted limescale that you can leave it on up to a maximum of 5 minutes which is what I did on all the taps and plugholes as they were pretty awful. I found applying the gel was an easy process if not a little wasteful as it can come out of the bottle quite quickly. The main problem is applying it to the end of the taps as it will inevitably end up dripping off. I did make sure I was using gloves as it is an acid based gel.
After 5 minutes I started the process of trying to break it off gently and I find with a little bit of effort that the outer part of the limescale easily flaked off but for the tougher parts a bit more elbow grease was required but I found that with the help of an old toothbrush which is ideal for the ends of the taps and around the base that I was able to scrub most of it off whilst keeping the chrome in tact as I was a little worried it would peel off!
Although the really tough limescale on the underneath of the tap was tough to remove completely I was amazed at the results. The limescale which was very minimal came off with a wipe of a damp cloth and the tougher parts did come off with a little bit of force but all in all my taps look a lot cleaner and remarkably better to the point where you can really see the difference the gel has made.
I really have no major complaints about this product other than that when you apply it you can waste it easily but at just £2.50 per bottle I'm not going to loose any sleep over it. I do think though that if you were to leave it on for just a little too long you could end up doing some serious damage to your chrome plated taps so you do have to be incredibly careful when using it and for how long you leave it on for.
Overall, the fact that it was able to remove the limescale relatively easily I really cannot moan, my taps look a lot cleaner and now I know what product can be used and which actually works I will be using it in my own house to avoid limescale as well as making sure the next tenants keep on top of the problem. No complaints from me and a definite recommendation to those who battle with limescale.
Price: £3.00 (Ocado Nov 2012)
Availability: Supermarkets, discount stores etc
Summary: An ideal product to get rid of limescale