Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Hard Water Stains 101: How To Remove These Stubborn Stains

Nearly every homeowner will experience hard water stains in their bathroom at some point or another. Just as the name suggests, hard water stains are caused from excessive moisture, which there is plenty of inside the bathroom. Even moisture in the air can travel to your walls, tile, shower and vanity counter-top, where it gradually turns into hard water stains. But what exactly triggers hard water stains in moisture? And how can you clean these stains? To learn the answers to these questions and more, keep reading.

The truth is that not all water will create hard water stains. If it's pure, distilled water, you can safely pour it across your counter-tops without fear of creating a stain (although I don't recommend this). Hard water stains are triggered by minerals found within the water. Nearly all municipal tap water systems add minerals like calcium, limestone and magnesium to discourage the growth of harmful bacteria and microbes. While drinking small concentrations of these chemicals is perfectly safe, they can stain a wide variety of surfaces -- including those in your bathroom.

Tips For Cleaning Hard Water Stains In The Bathroom

There are dozens of products out there which claim to the "best" at cleaning hard water stains. Some of these products contain harsh chemicals like bleach or acid, while others are less invasive and more natural. There's absolutely nothing wrong with using products such as this, but you should first attempt to clean the stains with good old fashioned vinegar. Whether your hard water stains are minimal or severe, vinegar is one of the most effective ways to remove them. Read below for step-by-step instructions on how to clean bathroom hard water stains using vinegar.

  1. Fill a spray bottle with half warm water and half white vinegar.
  2. Spray down the surfaces affected with hard water stains.
  3. Allow the diluted vinegar to soak in the stains for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Scrub the stains down with a sponge or dish brush.
  5. Wipe them down with a damp towel.
Voila, your hard water stains should now be removed! If you find the stains coming back frequently, you should consider using a dehumidifier in your bathroom. Remember, hard water stains are the direct result of mineral-rich moisture; therefore, eliminating this moisture will discourage the production of these stains.

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