How to Remove Hard Water Stains Using Calcium and Lime Remover
What You'll Need Before You Start:
- Calcium and Lime Remover (available in the cleaning aisle of home improvement or grocery stores)
- Protective Gloves
- Nylon Scrubber Sponge
- Soft Cloths
Tough hard water stains, or lime scale that has built up on faucets and shower heads may be impervious to a weak acid like vinegar. For these stains, you'll likely need a cleaner that's formulated specifically for removal of calcium and lime scale. Sold under a number of commercial names, these cleaners are great at removing calcium and other mineral deposits, but can be harsh and abrasive. Before using these cleaners, read the label carefully to determine whether or not the cleaner is safe for use on your stained surface.
For hard water stains in toilets, take care to buy a formula that is safe for use in sewers and/or septic systems. Many harsh chemicals like calcium and lime removers are unsuitable for toilet bowl use, so if hard water stains are a problem in your toilets, make sure to buy a formula that's safe to use in toilets.
Here's how to use calcium and lime remover to break up hard water stains:
- Don protective gloves.
- Apply the calcium and lime remover to the surface according to label directions.
- Scrub the surface, using the nylon scrubber sponge. Wipe clean with a soft, damp cloth to determine that the hard water stains are gone. If not, repeat steps 2 and 3 until the stains are gone.
- Rinse well with water, and dry the surface completely.
- Flush the cleaner from drains by running plenty of cold water down the drain after use.
When it comes to mineral desposits, knowing how to remove hard water stains is ultimately less important than knowing how to prevent them from happening in the first place.
You can reduce the impact of hard water on your sinks, showers and other surfaces by keeping them dry and periodically wiping them down with a vinegar solution. After bathing, showering, or using sinks, take a moment to wipe faucets, fixtures, shower walls and doors and other sufaces down with a dry cloth. Doing so will prevent calcium and other minerals from remaining behind after the water has evaporated. Wiping your sinks, faucets, showers and other surfaces down with a water vinegar solution once or twice a week may be enough to keep hard water stains from building up on your surfaces.