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How To Remove Hard Water Stains


Whether it’s your shower doors, mirrors, and windows or all three, you’ll likely find stubborn hard water stains present. 

Keeping these glass items clean and spot-free 100% of the time is just about impossible. Between the humid and moist air of the bathroom, constant sprays and splashes of water, and product residue, the glass found in your homes doesn’t stand a chance against hard water staining. Thankfully, however, there are several things you can do to get your shower doors, mirrors, and windows looking brand new again.

Read more on removing stains below.

How to Remove Hard Water Stains

There are a few methods for removing stains from the glass in your home.

Here’s how:

The White Vinegar Method — One of the best non-toxic ways to remove water stains is vinegar. White vinegar is strong enough to tackle these stubborn stains but is gentle enough on your family’s health and the surfaces in your home. To remove stains, make a 50-50 mixture of water and vinegar; though, you may need to try a higher concentration of vinegar for tougher stains. For extra stain-lifting power, sprinkle baking soda on the surface after your water-vinegar mixture.

Generously spray the mixture onto a clean, knobby towel and begin scrubbing the glass. The towel’s texture works as an abrasive, while the vinegar breaks down the mineral buildup on the glass. Once you’ve fully saturated the entire surface, allow the mixture to soak for a bit but do not let it dry (this can lead to more spots). For tougher stains, let it sit even longer. Once ready, wipe it off with a squeegee and dry with a clean, dry towel.

The Lemon Method — Another non-toxic, also natural, method for removing hard water stains is lemon. Like vinegar, lemons are acidic and can break down hard-to-lift stains. Simply add lemon juice to a spray bottle with water, spray onto a towel, and apply the mixture to the glass. Or, you can even half the lemon and wipe the flesh of the fruit all over the glass surface. Let the solution soak, then rinse and dry.

A couple of pro tips: fresh lemons seem to work better than bottled juice. Make your lemons easy to juice and produce more, firmly roll your lemons on your countertop before cutting.

The Store-Bought Product Method — If homemade products aren’t your thing, you can purchase many hard water stain remover cleaners at your local grocery store. If you decide to go this route, follow the instructions closely, and verify that the product is safe to use on glass.

Contact Murray Glass

Hard water stains are usually pretty easy to tackle, but replacing your glass doors, mirrors, or windows may be necessary for very stubborn stains.

For all of your glass needs, contact Murray Glass, your local resource for high-quality glass products. We proudly serve Utah all along the Wasatch Front, including Salt Lake City, West Jordan, and Taylorsville, and are dedicated to providing services with which our customers are 100% satisfied. As a full-service glass company, we can help you with shower doors, mirrors, windows, glass shelves, and tabletops, and anything in-between, including custom jobs! Contact us to schedule your consultation today.

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