How do you remove calcium/lime deposits from water fountains?

I bought an lady figure with a shell shaped bottom indoor/outdoor water fountain at a church flea market & the previous owners didn't use distilled water in it. As a result it has ring of calcium/lime deposits all around the top of the shell bottom & on the leaves the lady is holding where the water flowed down. Can I use lemon juice to remove the ring? Should you always use distilled water in fountains--indoor or outdoor? I appreciate any advice you can give me.
Submitted by bkgrandma

You can usually remove calcium deposits with a weak acid such as lemon juice or vinegar. It may take repeat applications to dissolve the lime.

Using distilled water would certainly prevent redevelopment of the calcium deposits. The amount of lime dissolved in your water supply will affect how quickly deposits build up. If your water is very hard (lots of lime in it), the deposits will build up faster. In most cases, it's not necessary to use distilled water in fountains, either indoors or out.

Answered by DSchrock

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