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What Are Hard Water Stains?

Hard water is water with higher-than-usual mineral content. Hard water contains calcium and magnesium ions. Hard water stains occur when hard (mineral-rich) water evaporates, leaving a grimy residue on your surfaces. Most commonly, you’ll find hard water stains in the bathroom on glass, porcelain, tile and metal surfaces. You may also find hard water stains on your dishes and clothing.

How to Remove Hard Water Stains

Did your once bright white tub or shower slowly become stained and dingy? Do you scrub and scrub the dirty areas with no luck? Most likely the culprit responsible for your persistent shower grime is hard water stains.

It's not harmful to your health, but hard water does make soaps and detergents less effective. Your dingy tub doesn't have to be a permanent change; you just need to know how to remove hard water stains. If you're wondering how to clean hard water stains, you can solve the problem with several natural cleaners.

  • Start by mixing half water and half Vinegar in a spray bottle.
  • Spray the mixture in your tub and shower and wait a few minutes before wiping clean.

You can also try removing hard water stains with a paste made from baking soda and vinegar.

  • Smear the paste over the surface of the stain and let sit for 15 minutes.
  • After the mixture has settled in scrub clean and rinse with water.
  • It’s important that you immediately wipe dry because you don’t want the water sitting on the newly cleaned surface.

Finally, you can try removing hard water stains using lemon juice.

  • Spray fresh lemon juice on hard water scale build-up near faucets.
  • Rinse after 10 minutes. Again, make sure to wipe the area clean.
Keeping up with a home cleaning regimen can be quite a chore with the busy schedules we keep. The best way to remove your hard water stains is with a quick call to Maid Brigade at 888.578.9171! Visit the Contact US page to find your local Maid Brigade. Our cleaning tips are here to help you keep your home in great shape between thorough cleanings. Allow Maid Brigade to handle the rest for you! For a FREE estimate, click here: Maid Brigade House Cleaning Estimate.