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Ever noticed rusty stains around your bathtub and shower faucets? The culprit is hard water. Dried hard water on faucets can be difficult to remove. And, since nearly 85% of homes in the U.S. have hard water, it has become a concern for almost all homeowners. 

If you are a homeowner struggling with keeping their home looking fresh and clean because of hard water, we have a few tips for you! But before that, let’s understand what hard water is and how it affects a surface. 

What Is Hard Water?

Hard water is water with a high amount of mineral deposits like lime, silica, and calcium. When the water dries, these deposits are left behind, leaving unsightly spots on chrome or ceramic surfaces; this mainly happens in the kitchen and the bathroom where such residue is easy to accumulate on faucets and sink areas. 

Preventing Hard Water 

1)    Dry Surfaces

One of the easiest ways to eliminate this problem is to stop residue from building up. You can prevent hard water stains by keeping surfaces dry and moisture free. Of course, there are areas such as showers and sinks that come in contact with water every day. However, you shouldn’t let hard water sit long enough to dry. Wipe the faucets and other susceptible areas dry as soon as possible. 

2)    Mineral Fighting Solutions

There are many cleaning agents available in stores that help remove hard water stains. However, if you don’t want to spend money on expensive cleaners, there is an easy way to do it yourself. All you need to make your own is a lemon, a bottle of white vinegar, and a roll of paper towels. That’s all you need! With a little bit of elbow grease and determination, you can get rid of stains quickly and without spending a lot of money. 

3)    Frequent Cleaning

Prevention is always better than a cure! That’s why, when it comes to keeping your home stain free, regular cleaning is the best option. Hard water stains worsen over time as more and more minerals dry and accumulate on your faucet’s surfaces. The longer you wait to clean, the harder it will be to clean the stains. Ideally, you should clean surfaces that come into contact with hard water at least once a week. 

4)    Water Softeners

The best method of preventing unwanted hard water stains is to avoid hard water altogether. A water softener removes excess minerals from water and softens it. It also provides peace of mind as because you’ll know the quality of the water you’re using has improved. 

How To Remove Hard Water Spots 

Removing Light Stains

1)    Make a vinegar solution by mixing equal amounts of water and natural white vinegar. Pour the prepared solution into a spray bottle.
2)    Spray the vinegar on the scummy surface. Spray it thoroughly without missing any spots.
3)    Scrub the faucet by using a scrub brush, sponge, or a rag. Light hard water stains should come right off.
4)    Use a clean towel to wipe the surface dry.
5)    You can also take faucet aerators and shower heads completely off to soak them in vinegar. You should remove them for cleaning every once in a while anyway. 

Removing Hard Stains

1)    Pour a considerable amount of vinegar solution on the faucet and let it soak in for a good 5 to 10 minutes before you wipe it off. Use a scrub brush to loosen thicker deposits.

2)    You can also use an abrasive for the cleaning. Look for a bathroom cleaner made for hard water stains and soap scum. Make sure the room is well-ventilated when you spray the stained area with the appropriately selected cleaning agent.

3)    Rinse the surface thoroughly and dry it. 

If you are looking for professional plumbing services, our experts at Snell Plumbing & Heating can help! We have the latest tools and experienced personnel to do the repairing and maintenance work!