How to Get Rid of Hard Water Stains
Water containing an above average percentage of calcium and magnesium salts that hinder the ability of soap to lather well with the water is termed as hard water. Hard water has a tendency to leave a residue of these salts on any surface they come into contact with creating surface stains which are unsightly and very difficult to get rid off. These stains normally occur on bathroom fixtures and kitchen utensils. However, there are numerous methods to get rid of hard water stains.
The method adopted to remove hard water stains depends on the material of the surface that has been stained. The material must not be one which reacts with the chemicals used for cleaning. Ordinary detergent or soap is not effective when used to remove hard water stains. You can either opt for professional stain removers available for sale in the market or just go in for domestic, household solutions.
How to get rid of hard water stains from removable showerheads and faucets:
1. You will require a container just big enough for the showerhead to fit in; White Vinegar; Water.
2. Unscrew the shower head from the shower fixture.
3. In the container make a solution of water and the white vinegar in the ratio 1:1.
4. Heat the solution till it begins to boil rapidly.
5. Submerge the showerhead completely into the boiling solution and leave it overnight.
6. The showerhead is sparkling clean and rid of all stains ready to be screwed back on to the shower fixture.
How to get rid of hard water stains from irremovable showerheads and faucets
1. For fixed showerheads and faucets, fill a plastic bag with the above mentioned solution of water and white vinegar in a 1:1 ratio.
2. Place the bag around the fixture such that the fixture is completely submerged in the solution.
3. Secure the bag nice and tight around the fixture using rubber bands, tape and twine. Keep in mind, the bag needs to stay on all night.
4. Remove the bag the next morning to reveal a sparkling, stainless fixture.
How to get rid of hard water stains from sinks, water closets, urinals, bidets and bathtubs
1. Place the stop plug to shut the water outlet and fill the basin up to the brim.
2. Dissolve some white vinegar into the water
For sinks – 1 cup
For a WC/urinal/Bidet – 1 cup
For a bathtub – 1 liter
3. Leave the solution soaking the basin overnight.
4. Drain the solution and rinse the basin once.
For tough stains
1. Make a paste comprising of vinegar and baking soda.
2. Scrub the paste onto the surface and repeat.
3. Follow by soaking the fixture in the white vinegar solution mentioned above.
hHow to get rid of hard water stains from utensils
1. Make a solution of vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio and soak utensils.
2. The period for soaking required may range from 15 minutes to half an hour depending on the size and material of the utensil.
3. Boiling the solution proves more effective for tough stains.
4. For blenders, coffee makers, juice makers, etc, fill the container with the solution and run the machine till clean.
The same solution can be used to get rid of hard water stains on windows and cars. However for certain surfaces like marble and porous stone, acidic solutions like vinegar and lime may prove corrosive, for such instances, tested market products are best. Always make sure you review the chemical content of marketed products in order to verify the solution won’t cause any surface damage.