Hard water leave behind white and hazy spots on a glass surface due to the presence of alkaline and mineral deposits. Indeed tough to clean, there’re several methods with which you can get the stains off the glass and restore the original lustre. So read on and find out how to clean the windows in your home!
Before buying an expensive industry-standard toxic cleaner, try the usual scrubbing technique. Use anti-scratch sponges to clean the glass safely and remove as much stain as possible. Avoid hard-bristled brushes and other abrasive tools to prevent etching the surface. The scrubbing technique work best on fresh stains that aren’t set deeply and small hard water deposits.
Older stains and large area of residue build-up requires extra effort. Here, baking soda comes in handy as it’s quite an effective, natural home remedy and readily available in almost every household. Being alkaline, the chemical can be used to counteract the effects of mineral deposits. It’s an eco-friendly product and a fine alternative to harmful chemical cleaners.
Apply a little vinegar to the stain first, let it sit for around 30 minutes and throw some baking soda afterwards; wait some more, scrub and rinse away the stain. If baking soda is unavailable, use toothpaste as an alternate. Apply some to a damp towel and rub it in circular motion over the stains. Before rinsing off the paste, smear some white vinegar mixed with water for best results.
Commercial cleaning products that come in adhesive form are also good. Paste over liquid cleaner is preferred as it won’t leave its own streaks. A small disadvantage is of a foggy haze that’s left behind by paste if not buffed. Carefully follow the instructions on the label thus avoiding any side-effect.
White vinegar helps to break-up mineral deposits and effective against staining. It’s a natural liquid cleaner that isn’t toxic so it won’t burn your eyes and lungs like various industrial chemicals. Mix lemon juice and vinegar to boost effectiveness as well as for a fresh scent.
If you warm the juice for around 20-40 seconds in the microwave, it’ll eventually become more effective. Let the solution sit on the glass and let it stand for around two to three minutes before wiping it off with a paper towel or a lint-free cloth.
To get hard water stains off from the window or any other glass surface; treat with a mixture of water and vinegar, rinse thoroughly afterwards that’ll surely bring back the shine. Ammonia; when added to the usual cleaner works as adrenaline for it super-charge the solution and clean far more effectively.
When all of the above home remedies fail, it’s finally time to invest in a strong and acidic chemical made for household. You need to be extra careful as it’s also harmful for the skin; wear protective gloves and eye-wear before you work the cleaning agent over the glass.
Follow the above directions carefully when looking for ways on how to clean the windows in your home from hard-water stains.