woman cleaning hard water stains on glass

    Published: September 2, 2014

    How to Remove Hard Water Build up on Glass

    woman cleaning hard water stains on glassIf you have hard water, you probably see plenty of unattractive brown or white spots on your tub, sink, dishes and shower enclosure. In many instances, these stains can be quite difficult to remove, especially if minerals have had an opportunity to permeate certain types of porous surfaces. Fortunately, you can remove most hard water stains, using a little elbow grease, some simple household items, and even prevent hard water stains in the future.

    What Is Hard Water?

    As water makes its way through deposits of calcium, chalk, limestone and dolomite, it accumulates minerals that give it a “hard” quality. Often, the high levels of magnesium and calcium leave limescale deposits on glass and other surfaces around the home. Hard water can also increase the sticky film generated by soap scum. Unfortunately, because hard water minerals interact with common ingredients found in most household cleaners, they tend to remain – even after a good scrubbing.

    Removing Hard Water Stains

    If hard water stains are leaving you frustrated, try using the following techniques to remove them:

    1. Scrub the affected area with a dry, crumpled newspaper. The heat and friction will dislodge and remove much of the soap scum and surface dirt that have adhered to the mineral stain.
    2. Create a mixture of one-third vinegar and two-thirds water inside a spray bottle.
    3. Spray the affected area and then scrub it clean using a course sponge or brush.

    Because it’s acidic, vinegar effectively removes most hard water stains. That said, be sure to dilute it first, or you’re apt to end up with an unpleasant odor that persists for quite a while.

    Treat the Problem at its Source

    While hard water isn’t really harmful to our health, it can be a nuisance. What’s more, because it promotes mineral buildup, hard water can also damage plumbing and household appliances. Water softeners can eliminate this problem. That said, because they waste water and dump brine back in the water supply, most salt-based softeners have a negative impact on the environment.

    For the best hard water prevention, Pelican’s NaturSoft® Water Softener Alternative with salt free technology waste zero water, without dumping brine back into the water supply. They also eliminate all the issues associated with hard water, including stains and mineral buildup, which can result in costly problems down the road.