How to remove water stains from bathroom glass

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What Causes Water Stains?
Water stains are typically caused by the presence of mineral deposits in the water, particularly calcium and magnesium. When water evaporates, these minerals are left behind and can form a residue or film on surfaces such as glass, countertops, fixtures, or bathroom tiles. This residue is commonly known as hard water stains or mineral deposits. When hard water comes into contact with surfaces, it leaves behind mineral deposits that can accumulate over time and become visible as stains. These stains are often whitish or off-white in colour and can be challenging to remove without the proper cleaning techniques.

Hard water stains can be stubborn and difficult to remove from glass surfaces. However, there are several methods you can try to effectively remove these stains. Here are a few options listed below.

hard water stains

1. Vinegar Solution
Mix equal parts of white vinegar, preferable cleaning or double strength white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the glass surface and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Then, scrub the stains using a non-abrasive sponge or cloth. Rinse with clean water and dry the glass with a lint-free cloth. For extra stubborn stains you may need to reapply the vinegar solution a few times to soften the deposits.

2. Lemon Juice
Cut a lemon in half and rub the cut side directly onto the hard water stains. The natural acidity of the lemon helps break down the minerals in the stains. Afterward, rinse the glass with water and dry it with a cloth.

We have personally had more success with multiple soakings of the diluted vinegar solution followed up by a common house cleaning product Jif and a soft brush. Once clean we recommend having a bathroom squeegee to remove excess water after showering, to prevent build up. You could also research into commercial services which coat wet areas with a product that repels water, removing the possibility for future hard water stains.