If you have ever noticed chalky residue on your glassware, silverware, and plumbing fixtures, then you are familiar with the effects of hard water. These hard water stains are especially common on shower glass. Don’t worry, though. Your friends at Mr. Rooter Plumbing have you covered with some tips on how to remove hard water stains from your shower glass. Many of these are temporary fixes but we also have a solution that gets to the root of the problem. If you have any specific questions or concerns, or if you want to hire a nearby plumber, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing now to get in touch with a live representative.
What Is Hard Water?
Water that has high component of minerals such as calcium and magnesium is called “hard water.” The hardness of the water is measured by the amount of these minerals in the water. Many people are confused by this because they consider calcium and magnesium to be valuable for our health, which is true. Hard water is not necessarily harmful to drink, but it can have consequences for your plumbing system, fixtures, and appliances. The minerals can build up in the pipes and leave chalky residue on glassware, silverware, and plumbing fixtures.
Some Quick and Easy Cleaning Options
If you are bothered by the stains on your shower glass, then consider some of these quick and easy cleaning methods. These are temporary solutions as they do not tackle the source of the problem, but we will get to that later.
Soft stains can be taken care of with some natural cleaners including vinegar, lemon juice, and rubbing alcohol. Fill a spray bottle with ½ cup vinegar for every cup of water and spray the solution generously over the shower glass. Spread it with a damp sponge and reapply the solution continuously for about five minutes. Finally, rinse the solution off with hot water. When using lemon juice or rubbing alcohol instead of vinegar, wipe the solution off quicker.
If you are dealing with a severe buildup, then grab some oven cleaner to spray on the stains. Let it sit for half an hour before rinsing with warm water and wiping down with a squeegee. CLR, or calcium, lime, and rust remover can also be used but this chemical is TOXIC and should be used with caution. Read the product’s directions carefully and keep the chemical away from children and pets!
Getting to the Root of the Problem
If you do not want to clean your shower glass regularly, or if you are otherwise tired of dealing with hard water, then get to the root of the problem by installing a water softener. These can be installed at the water supply’s point of entry or at specific locations such as faucets. Mr. Rooter Plumbing is proud to be a source of reliable water softener service. We can help with your water softener installations, repairs, and maintenance. Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to schedule a dedicated plumbers.