Hard water is water that contains a high amount of dissolved minerals such as lime, calcium and magnesium. Throughout the water cycle, it is natural for drinking water to accumulate minerals and the more minerals that are dissolved, the harder the water becomes.
Although hard water is not a health hazard and is generally safe to drink, being exposed to hard water over time can cause great damage to your skin and home appliances. One of the most common nuisances caused by hard water is stains or deposits left on glass shower doors and drinking glasses.
This article can be used as a guide to removing hard water stains from shower doors and other glass household items. It is also important to note that the best way to prevent hard water stains in your home is to remove hardness from your water altogether.
DIY Remedy to Remove Hard Water Stains
The most efficient way to remove hard water stains from your shower doors is to do so using a mixture of 2 household items: white vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar acts as a great cleaning solution because the acidity helps cut through dirt and grime. Sometimes vinegar alone can clean stains, but most of the time adding baking soda as a gentle abrasive is essential.
You will need:
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Microfiber Cloth
Step 1: Spray the Glass with Vinegar
Place an old towel at the bottom of the glass door to catch drips. Spray the entire surface with undiluted vinegar, starting at the top of the shower door. Let the vinegar sit for a few minutes.
Step 2: Create a Cleaning Paste
In a small bowl, mix one part water and 3 parts baking soda to create a thin paste. Usually, it is best to create the paste in small quantities so it doesn’t get too watery.
Step 3: Apply Cleaning Paste
Use a sponge or scrub brush to apply the paste to hard water-stained areas of the glass. Start at the top and work your way down as you rub in a circular motion. Allow the paste to sit until it dries slightly.
Step 4: Spray with Vinegar Again
After you have applied the paste and allowed it to dry, spray the area with undiluted vinegar a second time. As the baking soda paste and vinegar react with each other, you should see foam/fizz start to form.
Step 5: Rinse and Dry
When the foaming stops: rinse the glass with clean water, use the squeegee to remove excess water and finish by drying the glass with a microfiber cloth.
Preventing Hard Water Stains
The DIY method described above, as well as several commercial cleaners, can help rid your shower doors of hard water stains. Removing hard water stains is one thing, but the best way to prevent hard water stains is to stop hard water from entering your home altogether. Contact Culligan today to learn more about how our Aquasential Smart High Efficiency Water Softener can make a difference in your home!