Hard water stains can leave your bathroom and kitchen looking quite unsightly. Toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, and tiles can all be left looking grimy and soiled as a result of mineral deposits that remain well after hard water has dried. If you are tired of looking at the hard water stains that have collected around your home, read on to discover how to remove them. You should also consider installing a water softener in your home to avoid having these hard water stains develop in the first place - contact WaterSmart today, and we can get you set up conveniently and efficiently.
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5 Ways to Remove Hard Water Stains
Hard water contains significant amounts of calcium and magnesium. While it's fine for drinking and gardening, hard water can cause mineral build-up in water heaters, pipes, dishwashers, and showerheads, reducing their flow and resulting in the hard water stains you're looking to get rid of. It may require a little elbow grease on a Saturday morning, plus an investment of money as well as time, but here are five suggestions on how to rid your home of pesky hard water stains.
If this is a regular sight when you shower, learn how to get rid of these hard water stains.
1. You can use white vinegar + water for light hard water stains
White vinegar that can be purchased at your local grocery store is the best tool you can use to combat the hard water stains that keep your surfaces from gleaming.
Prepare a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and when cleaning your glass shower door, sink, your floor tiles, toilets, or bathtubs, go ahead and thoroughly spray those spots with vinegar. Light hard water stains should come off with a wipe, but you can also soak a towel and let it sit on tough spots if need be.
Faucet aerators and shower heads can also be periodically soaked in this mixture to help maintain their flow.
White vinegar + water is a great way to get rid of hard water stains around the bathroom.
2. You can also create a saline solution
If you combine 1/2 a tablespoon of salt and water to create a saline solution, you can use the mixture to remove the mineral buildup with help of a clean cloth.
According to WikiHow, "The salt acts as a scouring powder and can cut through the stain. Apply the mixture to the area and use a clean cloth to rub the stain in a circular motion. Rinse the (surface) thoroughly when finished to remove all saltwater residue."
3. Water + baking soda can also help you get rid of hard water stains
Reach into your fridge and pull out the baking soda, as this also acts as a safe abrasive that can be used to tackle hard water stains. This can be particularly useful to get rid of build up in between your bathroom tiling; dip an old toothbrush into your mixture of a 1/4 cup of baking soda and water and smear the paste over the surface of the stain and let sit for 15 minutes. After the mixture has settled in, scrub clean and rinse with water.
Baking soda is a safe abrasive that can be used to tackle hard water stains.
4. Try removing your hard water stains with lemon juice
Additionally, you can try removing hard water stains using lemon juice. Simply spray fresh lemon juice on hard water scale build-up and rinse after 10 minutes. The benefit here is that your surface areas will come out smelling much better than if you use vinegar, although it may take a bit more scrubbing with this method.
5. Install a water softener in your home
One of the best ways to get rid of hard water stains is to prevent them from developing to begin with! To that end, we recommend installing a water softener in your home or having your existing unit repaired if you've allowed it to sit out of commission for some time.
A water softener may seem like an unnecessary expense, but if you see hard water stains developing in your home, it's something you can't ignore. Hard water can build up and do damage to pipes and appliances, so it is important to do something to soften your water to avoid having to prematurely replace them. A water softener can solve the hard water issue entirely.
The Water Quality Association (WQA) commissioned a study in 2009 examining the impact of hard water on typical household appliances and fixtures. See some of the results below, via Water Right Group.
It's an investment, but entirely worth it when you consider the time and money you might have to spend on cleaning or replacing stained and clogged items around your house.
For more, be sure to check out our article on why you need a water softener in your home if hard water is an issue in your area.
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Trust WaterSmart to help rid your home of hard water stains
Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service. We are a water softener and full plumbing service company that you can trust. Along with our products that will serve all of your home water softening needs, we value our customers and getting them what they need and not pressuring them for sales.
At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean and soft water seriously. If you are looking to be sure you have soft water, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water.
If you are concerned about your water supply, don't hesitate to contact us immediately. Trust WaterSmart, we know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.