Hard water causes all sorts of problems in the home. Over the years, the deposits in hard water coat everything that they come into contact with. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you undo the damage that hard water has caused.
The faucets are the most visibly impacted by hard water. Each and every spot of water shows up on the fixture once it has dried. If your faucets are coated with hard water stains, you'll need some plastic wrap, baking soda and water.
- Make a paste out of the baking soda and water.
- Coat the fixture with the paste.
- Wrap it with plastic wrap and let it sit for a day.
- Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe away the dried baking soda.
- Buff the fixture to a shine.
To protect new faucets from becoming stained, and to keep the freshly cleaned faucets from getting coated again, apply a bit of baby oil to a clean cloth and wipe down the fixture completely. This will form a thin layer of oil that prevents the deposits from settling on the surface and hardening.
Get an empty spray bottle and pour one cup of white vinegar and two cups of water into it. Shake it up well and keep that bottle in your shower. Each time you've finished showering, spray the shower glass down with the mixture and squeegee it away. The vinegar will break down the hard water deposits enough to allow you to wipe them away with nothing more than the squeegee.
If the shower glass has a thick coating of hard water deposits, you'll need to take more drastic measures to remove it. You can purchase harsh cleaning chemicals that will work most of the time, or you can stick to the all-natural vinegar and baking soda mixture to undo the damage.
Mix baking soda and white vinegar together to create a paste and smear it onto the glass, or you can spray the glass with the vinegar and then apply the baking soda to it directly. Either way, when the two substances work together on the glass, the hard water deposits will break down and all you'll be left to do is to wash away the baking soda.
As long as you keep up with cleaning your fixtures often, you won't suffer too much when the time comes to clean them. For more help, contact a company like Universal Plumbing.