Hard water is water with a high amount of mineral deposits like lime, silica, and calcium. When the water dries, the deposits are left behind, leaving unsightly spots on glass or ceramic surfaces. Hard water stains, often called lime scale, often occur on faucets and in tubs and appliances, such as kettles and coffeemakers and can leave silver and chrome with a gray dullness. Over time, these mineral build-ups can damage sinks, toilets, and tubs and make soap scum harder to remove.
For those of you who want to clean rust stains and mineral buildup, hardened mineral deposits on faucets, and layered soap scum by themselves, here they will find some tips and tricks how to remove these water spots.
First you need to stock the bucket with chemical-resistant rubber gloves, grout brush, non-scratch nylon scrubber brush, old toothbrush, large sponge, clean soft rag, glass cleaner, white vinegar, and one all-purpose mildew/soap scum/lime deposit cleaner.
Next you have to start with hard water spots.
- To remove tough mineral scale build up on chrome faucets, use an all-purpose soap lime deposit cleaner. To ensure your crusty faucet will shine again, aside from giving it a vigorous toothbrush scrubbing, apply and remove the proper cleaner as directed on its label. If scrubbing is not enough to remove hardened mineral deposits on the aerator screen, you have to unscrew the faucet and soak it overnight in vinegar. In the morning scrub it with the toothbrush and flush with water. Then reinstall it.
- Numerous cleaners are available to remove soap scum from tile. But if you face layers of soap scum build up, stick with an effective bleach-containing, non abrasive product. Scum cleaners commonly contain bleach (sodium hypochlorite), which effectively cuts through soap scum and kills mildew. Be sure to read the product label and match it to the material (tile, fiber glass, etc.) being cleaned. The cleaning technology is easy just coat the entire tiled surface (grout, caulk and all) with an all purpose cleaner that attacks soap scum. Wait 5 to 10 minutes to allow the product to work, which saves your scrubbing elbow.
- To clean the water spots from the mirrors, windows and shower doors you have to spray proper glass cleaner on your mirrors, windows and shower doors. Leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and squeegee the area clean. Then buff dry with a clean cloth. Make sure it’s totally dry – otherwise, the water will leave more spots!
To remove the light water spots you do not need to use cleaners. There is easier way to clean them. Just make a vinegar solution. Vinegar – cheap, natural, white vinegar – is the best tool you can use to combat those every day hard water spots that keep your surfaces from gleaming. Prepare a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the vinegar on the scummy surfaces. Vinegar has a pungent smell but it’s completely safe to use on surfaces other than wood. Spray the area thoroughly, making sure you don’t miss any spots. Wipe the surfaces with the towel. Light water stains should come right off.
- If you’re using a spray bottle that used to contain chemicals or other ingredients, make sure you wash it out thoroughly before you add the vinegar and water mixture.
- Be sure to use regular white vinegar. Apple cider vinegar and other types of vinegar won’t do the trick.
Instead of vinegar you can use water softener and baking soda to remove the water sports from your household appliances.
- To clean your kettles you have to use 2-tbsp. of water softener in a full kettle of water. Boil the solution for 2-3 minutes. Repeat if necessary and then rinse out the kettle with clean water.
- You should be careful when you clean an aluminium percolator. Never use bleach on aluminium appliances. Just fill the percolator with water and add 1/4-c. cream of tartar. Run the appliance through for one cycle and then rinse well with hot water.
- Coffeemakers can be cleaned by filling the reservoir with water and 2-tbsp. water softener. Run the appliance through for one cycle and then again with clean water.
The right product and technique can cut cleaning time by 30 percent. Our experienced teams know what can remove tough stains in toilets, sinks and showers. They can also remove rust, lime and scum. Even if you’ve neglected detailed cleaning for months (or longer!), they can remove stubborn stains fast and easy. You can easily book one of our teams. You just need to call us or find us on our website www.shinelineltd.co.uk . We already have an on line chat where you can ask us.
The pictures below show how our teams deal with the hard water spots: