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How to Remove Hard Water Stains

Last updated 6 years ago

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Before we begin…let’s get this fact right out of the way:

Water is great, right? It is beautiful in waves, along the beach. We love to drink it, bathe in it, go swimming in it–even travel over and right on top of it. However, when it comes to surfaces (hardwood, counters, furniture, etc.):


We’ve compiled some of the best advice from the web about this and we’ll share with you these useful tips–that you may or may not know about–on how to keep this–AHEM–“Water Enemy” at bay.

Two-81 Janitorial Tip of The Month:   How to Remove Hard Water Stains

Want to know if you have hard water?

Turn on the sink, gather some soap in your hands, and run your hands under the water. If it lathers easily, you don’t have hard water. If it barely lathers at all, you probably have water with extra minerals. If you have brown or white residue or scum that builds up in your shower, toilet or sink and won’t come off easily with standard cleaners, this is also a tell-tale sign of hard water.

What’s Guilty: Hard Water, of course! Hard water is water that is extremely high in mineral content and contains calcium and magnesium. These minerals together create the lime scales, which can be difficult to remove.

Although not harmful for your health (so they say) it does make soaps and detergents less effective. PLEASE NOTE: Though the methods below are useful, there are situations where chemical changes to the materials have occurred and NOTHING will restore the material to its original condition.

With any cleaning, WE recommend: Turn on vent fan and/or open window and put on chemical-resistant rubber gloves and eye protection. You can never be too careful!

HOW TO KNOCK HARD WATER STAINS OUT: Try these simple, inexpensive choices on for size…..

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