Stains on bathroom and kitchen surfaces caused by hard water can be quite hard to remove. These stubborn spots are normally the result of water with high content of minerals such as limestone, calcium, and magnesium. This water is completely drinkable as these minerals occur naturally and generally in areas with low water tables and mountainous regions. Although safe to drink, this water leaves hard, white colored mineral deposits, which steadily accumulate on stuff over time.
There’s a common misconception that you need harsh household cleaners to successfully remove these stains. There is a simpler and cheaper way to get rid of mineral buildup produced by hard water.
- Put a bowl or small container in the sink and pour some distilled white vinegar in it.
- Soak an old cotton cloth, rag, towel, or whatever you have on hand in the vinegar.
- The next thing you do is make sure the sink is completely dry, especially the cracks.
- Wrap the soaked towel on the stained surfaces pressing it firmly against the sink and into any seams or cracks.
- Leave it to act for one hour, then soak it again into the vinegar.
- Using an old sponge, gently scrub the sink so as to further take out the hard water stains. At this point you should notice that the mineral deposits are coming off and that the sink is getting shinier.
- Again, place your cotton cloth on any remaining stains, especially on areas that have more deposits and let it act for another hour.
- Gently scrub the surface once again. The result is a shiny and clean sink!
This method is equally efficient in removing hard water stains from porcelain surfaces as well. For one thing, you can quickly and easily eliminate mineral deposits from your toilet.
- Pour some distilled vinegar onto paper towels until they are soaked.
- Using rubber gloves, fold them up and put them all around the rim of the toilet so as to cover all the stains.
- Cover the inside bowl with these paper towels making sure you get close to the water line but not touching the water.
- Then, pour some vinegar over them.
- Let the vinegar act for a few hours before taking the paper towels out of the rim and bowl.
- Scrub away any remaining stains.
- As paper towels may clog pipes and the septic system, make sure you take any paper towels out of the water instead of flushing them.
Requiring very little effort and costs, this surely is the fastest, easiest, and most natural way to remove hard water stains in the bathroom and kitchen.
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