Hard water is water with a higher than normal mineral content, and there are many pockets of Santa Cruz that struggle with hard water. These extra minerals cause stains when the water evaporates, leaving a film on hard surfaces. This film is not harmful to your health but can cause your fixtures and shower doors to appear grimy and dirty. Removing hard water stains can be a difficult job, but we’ve got a few tricks to get the job done.
Mix a solution of half vinegar and half water in a spray bottle. Shake gently to mix and then spray on the affected area. Wait five minutes and then wipe clean. The vinegar helps break down the excess minerals, leaving the surface free of the film.
Baking Soda and Vinegar Paste
Make a paste out of vinegar and baking soda. It will foam and bubble, cleaning the surface underneath. A good way to do this is to spread baking soda on the surface and spray it with a spray bottle filled with vinegar. Let the paste sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse clean with water.
Clean hard water stains off faucets and other areas with fresh lemon juice. The acid in the lemon juice melts away the extra minerals, leaving a fresh lemon scent. This method works well for around and on faucets and other steel or brass pieces.
Use a Chemical Cleaner
There are specially made chemical cleaners for removing tough mineral deposits. Spray the affected area and wipe with a sponge or soft cloth. Be sure to wear protective gear such as rubber gloves and protective eyewear while working to avoid any splashes.
For the shower, purchase a cleaning wand in the isle with kitchen sponges. Fill it with half Dawn dish soap and half vinegar. Use the mixture on the sponge to scrub the walls of your shower. The mixture of dish soap and vinegar will cut through the minerals, leaving your shower sparkling clean.
Be sure to thoroughly dry freshly cleaned areas or water spots may appear on the surface. Spraying surfaces like the shower and sink daily with vinegar will not remove all minerals but will make the surface easier to clean later. The only way to completely remove hard water stains is to install a water softener system. For more information on whole-house water softener systems, contact us today.