Hard water stains occur when your home water contains large amounts of limestone, calcium, and magnesium. These minerals cause consequences to your home plumbing and appliances. Over time stains can form on a number of items in your home, including:
In fact, the most common place homeowners will find hard water stains is in their bathroom, since the most water usage occurs there.
Hard water stains are unsightly, and if you do not regularly clean them, they can be tough to remove. The best way to get control of your stain situation is to reserve one day a week to clean and spray your shower glass. By doing this, you are performing preventative maintenance, which is always better than waiting until the problem has already established itself.
However, if you already have a buildup of hard water stains and spots, here are 5 proven cleaning methods to reduce or remove the stains entirely:
Fill a spray bottle with 50% vinegar and 50% water. Spray this solution all over the shower glass and spread it with a damp sponge. Make sure the glass stays wet for at least 5 minutes by reapplying solution continuously. Rinse the solution off the door with warm water.
For extremely bad stains, you may need to repeat the treatment several times until the hard water stains have been removed.
Use lemon juice in a spray bottle, spray the shower glass, and wipe clean.
Spray the glass door with rubbing alcohol and wipe immediately.
Bad build up can be removed by spraying oven cleaner on the area. Spray and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse the area with warm water and use a squeegee to remove the buildup.
CLR is only for tough stains and is a toxic chemical cleaner, so use caution when going this route. CLR stands for calcium, lime, and rust remover. Read the directions carefully and watch out for pets and children when using this cleaner.
Have you considered permanently removing hard water stains from your shower glass? The best method for being rid of them altogether is to invest in a water softening system. This system rids your water of all the minerals before they reach your pipes and fixtures.
There are several benefits you get from a water softening system. They include:
A local plumbing company like True Plumbers can install a water softening system in your home for you. Contact us at (863) 667-6364 for a free consultation. Protect your home and save yourself from hours of cleaning hard water stains off your shower glass.
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