You Need to Get Rid of Hard Water Stains!
There are not many things that are more discouraging than working all day cleaning your windows, only to notice that they don’t look as sparkling clean as you expected they would…they’re covered in hard water stains!
Many don’t realize how important it is to keep your windows clean, it is more than just about the sparkle…
- If you’re selling your home, obviously it raises the curb appeal
- Are you aware that by not cleaning your windows on a regular basis, you can lower the life expectancy of your windows?
- When you let dirt, grime, bugs, sap or hard water stains build up, you not only degrade the look of your property, but you’re degrading how efficient your windows are, which can cost you in energy bills when your windows aren’t doing what they are intended to do…keep hot out and cool in, or keep cold out and warm in.
Damage from hard water…
Did you know that probably about 85% of all households have hard water? In fact, a high percentage of all tapwater is the U.S. is hardwater, which means that the water is high in mineral content, which happens because the water moves through limestone and chalk deposits consisting of magnesium carbonates and calcium.
But enough of the science lesson – Hard water stains are like a plague…if you have hard water, no matter what you do to remove them, they can keep coming back. When hard water comes into contact with your windows (and many other things in your home), as it dries the minerals remain, leaving spots and buildup.
Unlike other dirt and debris that can accumulate on your windows, hard water “stains”, over time, if not removed will become part of the glass or other surface they are on, and become hard water damage. This is damage that can’t be removed or reversed.
Getting control of hard water residue on your windows…
If you already have hard water stains, you’ll want to spend the time and effort to remove them. It may not be a quick and easy job, but it will be worth it. There are several products on the market, but a great solution can bemade in your home:
A 50-50 mixture of white, natural vinegar and water combined in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the affected area and let sit for a few minutes. Then, using a toothbrush or another brush with similar bristles, begin scrubbing. If the stains are tough and not coming off, pour a small amount of your water and vinegar solution into a bowl and add enough baking soda to make a paste. Apply the paste to your stain and scrub again. Once the spots have been removed, rinse with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.
This will work on many other surfaces such as: shower doors, faucets, shower heads, and toilets.
Keeping your windows clean is more than cosmetic, it’s prevention, and should be done on a regular basis. If cleaning windows isn’t “your thing“, Contact me for a FREE Quote.
I have been cleaning windows in the Seattle area for nearly 30 years, and quite frankly, I enjoy it! I will be happy to answer all of your questions, and I know the mistakes to avoid. I clean private homes or apartment complexes.