Conquer Hard Water Stains – my new found method!

Beautiful shower glass after vinegar & Bar Keepers Friend
It’s a wonderful feeling – you clean the washroom and it’s all sparkly ‘n’ shiny when you finish.  However, on the other hand, it’s extremely frustrating when those hard water stains remain, and keep your taps and glass from giving us that ‘diamond bright‘ look.

People call them by all kinds of names: hard water stains, lime scale, mineral deposits, hard water deposits, etc.  But whatever you call them, they are a pain in the a_ _ !!!  It doesn’t mean you are not a clean person or that you don’t keep a clean house.  You may just have very hard water or you have not wiped certain areas before they had a chance to dry on – hence making your items – their new home.  This happens when you run water (which can have high amount of minerals).  The water evaporates and leaves behind calcium and magnesium, which becomes rock-hard when it’s left sitting on any surface. The most likely area are your taps, the glass of your shower and whatever other areas water tends to sit.  If you don’t have time to squeegee and dry off each time you shower (AND WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT?!), then you could fall victim to the same problem.

In my business, I’m expected to know a bit about cleaning 😉 .  I get asked questions on how to clean items such as the topic at hand, and I feel I had better know the answer if I’m to remain worthy of the title ‘Professional Organizer & Cleaner’ and, of course, live up to the name of my company!  WELL, I have made it my mission lately to find out what can be used on this nuisance, whatever we call it – I’ll stick with ‘hard water stains’.  I’ve been testing products for weeks now, trying to find just the right one.

I have tried using a natural product of vinegar and baking soda, which works quite well when the stains have not remained on for very long(just a few weeks). I actually did an article on Natural Products around the Home  which has some helpful hints on how to rid yourself of hard water stains all naturally.  I have even gone to the extreme of trying Oven Cleaner, thinking it may solve the issue – NOPE!

Well, after many failed attempts to remove these stubborn water stains, I have found the answer to most problem areas – YAY!!!! 😀 
Bar Keepers Friend seems to have the just the right stuff to succeed where other products have failed. Upon testing this product, I found that it still is not 100% perfect and to get the best results you must:
Put pure vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on surfaces with the stains or deposits. (be sure your vinegar does NOT get onto any surfaces such as Marble – it will ruin the finish). And if you don’t have a spray bottle, put on gloves and soak a cloth in vinegar, then rub on surface. Let this soak for a couple minutes.
-Next, put the cleanser on a cloth and clean the areas, as needed.
Bar Keepers Friend bottle
Below are some before and after pictures, where I have had great success. 😀
  Hard water stains on glass    Beautiful shower glass after vinegar & Bar Keepers Friend

Before cleaning hard water stains

Before cleaning hard water stains

After, most water stains have disappeared

After, most water stains have disappeared

After cleaning

After cleaning

You can find Bar Keepers Friend at places like Home Hardware and Canadian Tire… So far, this with the combination of vinegar, has been the best I have come across. Hope you find it works for you too.

Thanks for tuning in!

Tanya
Professional Organizer
Tanya@cleaningdeclutter.com
416.428.5929

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