Hard water stains can be very difficult to remove with ordinary cleaners, however, with the right approach they are easily eliminated! Using soap and elbow grease is a poor weapon in the fight against lime scale, but with some basic chemistry knowledge it becomes much more obvious how to dissolve those annoying hard water stains in no time at all.
Acids will remove hard water deposits and are typically found in toilet bowl cleaners, rust removers, metal cleaners and kitchen/bathroom cleaners that remove mineral deposits.
Abrasives may scour off stains, and if used regularly, harsh abrasives will gradually scratch the finish of sinks, bathtubs and other items. Coarse abrasives will damage plastic, glass, plated and highly polished metals. Chlorine bleach can help remove stains. However, it can dull shiny finishes of porcelain enamel surfaces.
- Abrasive cleaners like scouring powder may remove or lighten stains. Regular use of harsh abrasives scratches the finish of sinks, bathtubs, or other fixtures. Once the surface is dull and rough, it will get dirty faster and stain more deeply. Even mild or fine abrasive cleaners may eventually scratch or dull surfaces. Do not use abrasive cleaners on fiberglass, ceramic tile or glass.
- Chlorine bleach can help remove some stains, however, don't leave it standing for long periods of time, as this will dull shiny porcelain enamel surfaces.
- Phosphoric acid is often found in cleaning products that remove hard water deposits.
- Hydrochloric and sulphuric acids are sometimes used in diluted concentrations in toilet bowl cleaners.
There are some commercial domestic products that scour off stains or use bleach to remove hard water stains and have some major drawbacks, and that is not even taking into account the potentially dangerous products they contain that may harm your children or pets.
The SIMPLE ways to remove hard water stains:
There are some simple ways to remove hard water stains quickly and easily that will remove even the most stubborn stains and make your fixtures and fittings literally sparkle like new!
One of the most overlooked factors when dealing with hard water stains is realizing that they contain either calcium or magnesium. Therefore, they can be tackled by using completely natural acids that are found all around the home, are totally safe to use and could save you hundreds of dollars on expensive cleaning products.
White Vinegar and Lemon Juice!
- White vinegar, a weak acid, is about 5 percent acetic acid. It will remove hard water deposits from glass, rust stains from sinks, and tarnish from brass and copper, and works perfectly all around the home when combined with the correct ingredients.
Lemon juice, another weak acid, contains citric acid, which can be used in much the same way as vinegar.
- By using these simple, natural ingredients that are found all around the home - and in some cases combining them with other natural products for really stubborn stains, it is possible to remove limescale and water stains cheaply and in a way that doesn't harm our planet.
Warm Regards, Patrick Henry
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Patrick Henry BEng (Hons), is a recognised industry expert in removing hard water stains. With an honours degree in Chemical Engineering, he teaches people how to remove stubborn hard water stains and limescale using a step by step guide. He is author of the ebook "Hard Water Stain Removal Secrets Revealed". Complete information on his popular ebook is available from his web site. And while your there, don't forget to subscribe to his FREE report on the reasons why hard water is such a problem in so many areas of the world.
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