Scale is a product of hard water and causes various problems. The life of cooking vessels and pipes can be shortened due to scale deposits. Appliances with scale must work harder. This results in poor performance and fewer years of use. Hard water scale is also unsightly on visible surfaces. Because hard water restricts lathering, soap scum develops. The good news is that there are ways to reduce or eliminate hard water and scale.
To remove scale that you can see on surfaces, try vinegar. You can spray it on or soak rags in vinegar and apply the rags to areas with scale. Fresh lemon juice is another way to tackle scale. Diluted vinegar and lemon juice can also be run through most small appliances to remove internal scale. There are also commercial cleaning products that can be used to remove surface scale. Stronger cleaning products may be needed for harder, heavier deposits. Use caution with commercial cleaners when it comes to using them for internal scale deposits.
An easier approach would just be to eliminate hard water so that you do not have scale deposits. One way to get rid of hard water is by using water softeners. Another alternative is an electronic device that conditions water and removes the minerals that make water hard. An example of such a device would be the Scale Blaster Home Depot sells. An electronic water conditioner has many advantages over water conditioners relying on salt.
An electronic water conditioner is a green alternative to softer water. With an electronic device, there is no need to continue buying salt to condition the water with. For people on a salt-restricted diet, using salt as a conditioner may not even be an alternative. An electronic conditioner requires very little maintenance. It will also make your water feel better than salt conditioners.
Although scale is unsightly and hard water is the culprit, you can overcome both. By finding an effective way to clean and remove scale, you will find that you won’t have to look at surfaces covered in scale. You will also get better performance from your appliances and your plumbing system. Better yet, buy a water conditioning device and prevent scale from getting the upper hand.