We all experience it -- stepping into the bathroom and seeing the murky layer of gray or white dirt on the tiles, shower doors, or faucets. We open the window and there we see it too, the same murky dirt blurring the window glass. We then press and drag down a spot with our finger but unfortunately the dirt won't come off.
The stubborn grime on these household surfaces is what we call hard water stains. Where did it come from?
Tracing hard water stains
When the water from the stream passes through soil and rocks on its way to our water supply, it picks up and carries with it calcium and magnesium. The combination of water and high content of these dissolved minerals result in hard water substance that ends up in our household. They are quite tough to remove.
Yet we can't wait to remove hard water stains. Who wouldn't want to clear and clean windows and a squeaky clean bathroom?
Unfortunately, water and detergent soap wouldn't cut the job. Fortunately, however, finding the right solution to get rid of the stain is quite easy. You can either make your own or buy the best quality hard stain remover in the market.
Why remove stubborn stains
The DIY way
One of the most common and easiest ways to remove hard water stains is by using a vinegar dishwashing liquid solution. Follow these steps:
- Mix equal parts white vinegar and dishwashing solution in a bowl.
- Heat it in a microwave oven for 1 minute.
- Let the solution cool and then pour it into a spray bottle.
- Spray the mixture all over the stained surface and let it stand for about 15-20 minutes. Use a face mask as the smell can be pretty strong.
- With a mildly abrasive sponge or a washcloth, scrub away the dirt off the tiles or windows, glass shower doors, or bathtub.
- Rinse off the sudsy solution with warm water to help you loosen the dirt or mixture off the surface.
- With a microfiber cloth or a squeegee, wipe off excess water from the surface.
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