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9th-Nov-2011 03:38 am
alright guys, i'm in dire need of opinion.

i live in government housing and once a year they come in to inspect that i'm keeping the apartment up to standard, keeping it clean, etc.

this past time i failed on the merit that my floors aren't the cleanest and my bathtub is covered in limescale/stains. i admit i could be doing more for my floors, but the stains/lime/calcium build up on my tub is NOT my fault. about a year ago, my tub faucet started leaking/dripping of it's own accord. i called the maintenence THREE times but yet it took them SIX months to come in and FIX the leak/drip.

i'm near tears here because none of it is coming up with CLR even after an hour of working on it, plus the fact i physically cannot get down in the tub (or the floor for that matter) to really SCRUB.

what should i do?

suck it up and scrub your ass off. would you rather be homeless?
it's definitely not your fault it took them six months to come in to fix the problem, therefore it's not your problem to clean up the side effects
other, and i'll explain in comments
9th-Nov-2011 11:11 am (UTC)
I guess it depends on the laws where you live. I know someone in gov housing who has horrendous mould but they don't blame it on her, but they are too slack to fix it, so they basically are forced to live with toxic mould.

What are you liable for where you live?
9th-Nov-2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Do you have some kind of written proof of when you reported the leak, so that they cannot claim you didn't tell them?
9th-Nov-2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
Try Lime Away. I let it soak for 10-30min, scrub a little, reapply, soak, scrub a little, reapply, etc. until it comes off. It'll smell like Lime Away for a few days, but it's not a bad smell, just a "cleaning" smell.

I've found for anything non-textured (e.g. soap stains), the Mr Clean Magic Eraser is AWESOME. The most pressure I ever have to use is no more than if I were erasing pencil markings from paper.
9th-Nov-2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
ness_ya, i actually have no idea what i'm liable for. i suppose i should look into it.

anotherdream, in order for maintenance to come in to fix the leak, i had to call the main maintenance center and put in a work order, so yes, there should be three work orders in place that i called. however, i don't know if there's follow up paperwork that said they finally came and did it.

chershey, i actually just double checked what i'm using and it IS lime away. it's not even putting a dent in it.

i get a weekly check in to make sure things are kept, and today is the day they stop in. i'm gonna ask them if it really is my problem, or if i have to fix something that isn't my fault -__-

if I DO have to fix it, i've found a website that calls for an oven cleaner, so hopefully i can get out soon and get some.

*sigh* i honestly just don't find any of this fair. why should i be penalized for something that was out of my hands? *smh*
9th-Nov-2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
Sadly, life isn't fair.

If you have tub stains that aren't associated with the lime, try soaking some paper towels in vinegar and laying the towels on top of the stains. Let them soak for a few hours and they stains should disappear.

Good luck!
9th-Nov-2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Have you tried Coca-Cola and a toothbrush? It works great for cleaning up corroded battery terminals on your car. I think that's the secret for unclogging shower heads that are clogged with lime, too. I could be wrong but it's not going to cost much to try it.
9th-Nov-2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
{{{hugs}}} It doesn't sound fair, but I think the best thing to do is try to scrub it using the advice given here in comments, because sometimes things just are not fair. All you can do is try your best to comply.

If none of those things work, you could try doing a Google search for some other ideas. If you really can't get it off, I'd try to find a way to document that you reported this and it took six months to fix it. Also, you might also keep a list of the different things you've used to try to clean it--include the dates also, so that you can show that you made a good faith effort to clean it. (If you can't document the reporting, at least make a list with approximate dates of the times you reported it.)
10th-Nov-2011 07:00 am (UTC)
Try Limeaway, but make sure you've got the area ventilated first.
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