When it comes to hard water, we refer to deposited water on certain surfaces that contain a high amount of minerals, such as calcium, silica or lime. When the water gets dry, the deposits remain and this is how hard water stains get deposited on ceramic surfaces, glasses as well as on other surfaces. This phenomenon is specific in the kitchens and bathrooms. You are most probably tired of continuously looking at the ugly brown or white hard water stains that got deposited on your living spaces and it’s even more obvious that you really want to get rid of them as soon as you can.
If your water is hard, you will likely have those nasty white or brown spots on your sink, tubs, and glass shower enclosures.
Water stains are usually white in color, but they can also be brown or rust colored when iron or other trace elements are present.
When standing water is allowed to naturally evaporate or is boiled away, the minerals are left behind and form a hard and hazy looking stain.
Hard water stains, limescale and water rings are all caused by these same minerals, with the following differences;
- Limescale is left when water is boiled away as occurs in kettles, heating elements or hot water heaters.
- Water stains and spots are left when water spots or drips evaporate naturally.
- Water rings are formed on surfaces when water is left to evaporate from the outside of a glass.
Hard water stains should be removed regularly. The longer a stain is allowed to sit, the harder it will be to remove. If a stain remains for long periods it can become permanent.
White vinegar and lemon juice are mild and natural acids that I frequently use to remove stains. They take longer to work than the strong acids listed below, but they aren’t toxic and won’t burn or blind you either!
Vinegar and lemon juice are very effective cleaners and will loosen and remove hard water deposits from hard surfaces like tile and glass shower enclosures.
- Spray or wipe the area with a 50/50 vinegar or lemon juice solution.
- Let the cleaning solution work on the stain for 15 minutes.
- Use a soft bristle brush or green scrubby to scrub away any stain that remains.
- Rinse thoroughly.