Can Hard Water Stains be Removed From Windows?
Do hard water stains prevent you from having sparking clean windows?
Hard water stains are formed on your windows by water containing a high mineral content. As it repeatedly lands on the window, the minerals etch themselves into the glass.
You would think that as the sunlight hits the window it would simply dry the water. It does dry it, but that’s not all it does.
It bakes the residue into the window, which is how the etching occurs. Since glass is porous, the etching process doesn’t take a long time. Adding to the problem, as the sun continues to hit the window, the bonding and etching continues until it is nearly impossible to remove.
How can hard water stains be prevented?
I’m not sure that it can ever be totally prevented, but there is one thing you can do to minimize it: Avoid letting your sprinkler spray on your windows.
Not only does your sprinkler water contain the natural minerals, but it also contains chemicals that your city may add to the water.
Can the stains be removed?
Hard water stains can be removed, but first, here are the don’ts:
- You should avoid trying random chemicals on your windows. Some can damage your windows beyond repair, which means they will need to be replaced.
- Don’t use razor blades to scrape your windows. Unless you have been trained in the techniques of using razor blades on glass, you could easily scratch the windows and cut yourself as well. Thus, not fixing the problem, but adding to it.
Many have posted home remedies such as using toothpaste, SOS pads, scouring cleansers and glass polish from automotive shops. But here is a recipe that just might do the trick.
- Make a 50/50 blend of water and white vinegar.
- Use a spray bottle to apply it to your windows.
- Using a towel, wipe the windows, breaking up the mineral buildup.
- Rinse the window well and squeegee off the excess water.
- Buff dry with a clean, dry cloth.
- If the mineral deposits are too stubborn, you may need to scrub them with a brush that has been soaked in the water and vinegar.
Removing hard water stains on your windows takes time and elbow grease. The easiest way to remove them would be to give me a call.
I have been cleaning windows in the Seattle area for nearly 30 years, and quite frankly, I enjoy it! I will clean private homes or apartment complexes.
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