Removing Hard Water Stains From Shower Doors – Simple Tips for a Spotless Glass Shower Door!
Learn how to remove hard water stains from shower doors with these simple tips and tricks to help keep your shower door spotless and sparkling clean.
If you have hard water and glass or acrylic shower doors chances are good that hard water spots and stains may plague you. Unfortunately, those hard water spots can really make your glass shower door look dirty and blurry.
That is why I decided to write this article today – to give you some tips on how to clean those unsightly hard water spots off your acrylic or glass shower door.
Hard water stains occur when the water flowing into your home has small deposits of calcium and other minerals, which is what makes water hard.
When you shower and the water dries, small spots of minerals are left behind on your shower walls and glass doors.
While removing these spots from your shower walls is not too difficult, getting those hard water stains off your shower doors can be a difficult process.
However, there are a number of things you can do to remove hard water stains from your acrylic or glass shower doors. Keep reading to find out.
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Keeping Hard Water Spots to a Minimum
In order to make cleaning those hard water stains easier, you need to keep those hard water stains to a minimum.
One of the ways of doing this is to use a squeegee or a dry cloth and wipe down your shower doors after every use.
This will remove some of the minerals with the still damp water on your shower door.
You can also reduce hard water stain buildup by treating your shower doors with either Luxclear or some RainX.
These are water repellent products that help to prevent water from sticking and building up on your glass shower door.
Keep in mind if you use RainX to treat your shower doors that you will have to frequently repeat the application in order to keep the stains from building up.
Various Ways to Clean Hard Water Spots Off Shower Doors
There are several formulas that you can use to clean those hard water stains from your shower door.
How well each method works will depend a good deal on the amount of build up, the amount of elbow grease you use, and how determined you are to get rid of the stain.
How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Shower Doors with Vinegar and Water Method
The white vinegar and water method works best when the hard water stains have not built up for a long period of time.
Mix warm to hot water and vinegar in equal parts and then use either a spray bottle or bucket you soak a small area of the inside of the shower door. (I prefer using a spray bottle because it makes the task easier)
You will need to repeat the process to keep the area wet 5 to 15 minutes.
Once you have soaked the area, you then need to scrub it with a sponge or a soft bristled brush, rinse and wipe dry and then move on to the next area. (You may also want to read this article on how to clean showerhead with vinegar).
Cleaning Hard Water Stains from Shower Doors with Dish Soap, Water and Epsom Salts
Another method you can try when the hard water stain build up is light to average is the dish soap method.
In this case, mix warm water and Epsom salts with dish soap into a foaming liquid.
Again you need to soak the area for 5 minutes or so, keeping it damp and using a brush or sponge scrub in circular motions, rinse and either squeegee or wipe dry.
The great thing about including Epsom salts in this mixture is that the salts soften the water, which breaks up the stains.
How to Clean Hard Water Stains on Shower Doors with Baking Soda, Lemon Juice and Salt Paste
A good method for removing built up hard water stains from shower doors is the baking soda paste method.
Mix baking soda with lemon juice and salt to make a thin paste and then apply to your shower door and scrub with a sponge using circular motions.
Rinse and repeat as often as necessary.
Final Thoughts on How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Shower Doors
Many people recommend products such as Bar Keepers Friend and other powders.
However, while many of these cleaners will remove the hard water stains they can also scratch the glass or acrylic of your shower door making it look worse in the long run.
It is much better to use the gentler cleaning products mentioned in this article that harsher cleaners that can damage the shower door itself.
Moreover, you may already have the products at home, and they are quite inexpensive even if you don’t.
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