Are you seeing calcium buildup in your shower head or faucet? Even if your bathroom looks clean, calcium buildup can cause it to look stained and make it difficult to clean up. Calcium buildup is usually a result hard water. It looks yellowish and crusty and attaches to drains and faucets, and accumulates inside appliances.

You don’t have calcium-covered bathrooms. Continue reading to find out why calcium buildup can occur in hard water, how you can remove it, as well as what to do to prevent it from happening again.

What causes calcium buildup in the faucet from hard water?

Calcium buildup, also known as limescale is caused by calcium salts in water flowing through your pipes and through your shower heads and faucets. Hard water is water that contains high levels of calcium salts and other minerals. Hard water can also have high iron levels, which can cause a yellowish or rusty appearance to your bathtub or sink.

How to remove calcium buildup from faucets

You can remove calcium buildup from faucets using a few household products. Here are the items you’ll need to complete this task:

  • White vinegar
  • Soft rag strips and paper towels
  • Rubber bands
  • Textured sponge or cloth

Once you have collected your cleaning supplies, soak the paper towels or rag strips in vinegar to get rid of calcium buildup. Wrap the vinegar-soaked material around any buildup, and secure it with rubber bands if necessary. Let the areas soak for at least an hour. Then, take the rags off and use the sponge or wet cloth to clean up any buildup. This job is made easier by using a kitchen sponge with a rough side. After the buildup has been removed, dry the area using a towel.

How to prevent calcium buildup in faucets

You can avoid calcium buildup by preventing it from happening in the first place. Installing a water softening system is the best way to avoid this problem. Water softeners remove minerals like calcium and magnesium from the home’s water supply.