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Must-Know Secrets to Remove Hard Water Spots

In almost every industry there are secrets that professionals keep from the public, in order to keep them coming back for more business. KFC has their 11 secret herbs and spices; Google has a secret algorithm that keeps them on top, and (believe it or not) most plumbers have secret tricks to deal with things like hard water stains.

Most plumbers won’t divulge their secret method of removing hard water stains, and they certainly won’t tell you how to prevent them, because they want you to keep calling them up and giving them business. Our Jim Wagner Plumbing, Inc. plumbers believe in transparency and honesty. That’s why we’re here to blow the lid off the trade secret to cleaning and preventing hard water stains.

Hard Water

hardwaterFirst things first- what is “hard water”? Your water is considered to be “hard” if it has a high content of harsh minerals in it; minerals like calcium and magnesium are often associated with hard water.

Let us guess your next question: “Why does it matter if I have hard water?” While hard water doesn’t pose any serious health risks, it can negatively affect your plumbing system, hair, skin, clothes, dishes, and even the effectiveness of your soaps and detergents.

Some signs that you may have hard water include:

  • Itchy, dry skin
  • Reduced water pressure
  • Dull or scratchy clothes
  • Trouble with your water heater
  • Mineral buildup in faucets and fixtures

Another common, and easy to spot sign that you have hard water is the appearance of spots on dishes, glassware, bathtubs, and shower doors/walls.

Cleaning Stains

The most common surfaces where you usually see stains from hard water are in your bathtub (porcelain), shower walls (tile), mirrors (glass), and silverware (metal). Here are some tips for cleaning stains from any of these surfaces, using items you probably already have in your kitchen:

  • cleaningstainsMake a paste out of baking soda and vinegar. Smear it over the stains and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Scrub clean, and rinse. Wipe dry, to prevent stains from forming.
  • Mix 50% water and 50% vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray stains with the mixture, and let sit for about 2-4 minutes. Wipe clean.

To remove mineral buildup on faucets due to hard water:

  • Spray fresh lemon juice on faucets. Let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse and wipe clean.

Water Softener

watersoftenerOf course, you could avoid getting hard water stains altogether by installing a whole-home water softener.

Water softeners remove hard minerals from your water, making for better function of soaps and detergents, brighter clothes, improved skin texture, shinier, softer hair, and no more spots or streaks on your surfaces!

So now you know all our secrets about how to deal with hard water stains in your home. With this knowledge, you now have the power to eliminate hard water from your life forever! Now, don’t keep that information all to yourself; share it with your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, mail carrier- share it with everyone you know!

Send this link around to help everyone you know, to help them get rid of hard water stains and hard water in their homes! Don’t forget to call Jim Wagner Plumbing Inc. in Lombard, IL at (630) 557-9241 with any more questions you may have.