Are your bathrooms filled with a ton of soap scum, limescale, and water stains? Chances are you probably live in an area with hard water (approximately 85 percent of all households). Fortunately, there are things you can do to not live with hard water and removing mineral buildup isn’t difficult at all. Before you remove those nasty stains, make sure you understand what hard water is.
What is Hard Water?
Water is recognized as hard when it contains a high concentration of dissolved minerals — calcium, magnesium, and manganese. Hard water isn’t necessarily bad for your health, but it will result in soap scum, rings in bathtubs and toilets, limescale buildup, clogged pipes, increased water heating costs, and spots on dishes and silverware. However, hard water can be treated with filtrations systems and water softeners.
How to Remove Hard Water Stains
- Mix & Spray – Throw on a pair of cleaning gloves and grab some vinegar from your kitchen cabinet. Mix together an equal amount of vinegar and water in a spray bottle (or use the proper store-bought cleaner). Spray your cleaner on all surfaces and fixtures with water stains mineral buildup and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
- Brush Away – Using an old toothbrush or semi-soft bristled brush, scrub down these water-stained surfaces. The bristles on this brush will be hard enough to remove stains, but not abrasive enough to scratch or remove the finish.
- Make a Paste – Sometimes there will be water stains that are too tough for your solution. Instead, pour some of your vinegar-water solution into a small bowl and add baking soda as you stir. Pour enough in until the solution becomes a thick paste. Apply this paste to tougher hard water stains and buildup and then proceed to scrub them away using your brush.
- Rinse & Repeat – Once you’re done scrubbing all of the surfaces in your bathroom (and the kitchen sink), rinse everything down with a wet sponge or rag. If there’s still water stains, repeat this process until all of the stains are gone. However, if the stains have all been removed, dry the rinsed surfaces with a dry cloth.
Having hard water is a common household problem, but that doesn’t mean you should be forced to live with hard water stains and unsightly buildup. If you’re sick of living with hard water, consider water treatment via the installation of filtrations systems and water softeners. To learn more about water treatment or to schedule an appointment with Len The Plumber, give us a call at (800) 950-4619.