It might have come to your notice that you have hard water stains in your bathroom. No matter how hard you scrub your tiles the stains just don’t go. Well, in this article we will focus on how to remove hard water stains.
First, you must know how they form so that it can be easy to avoid them in the future. They originate from using water coming from wells and municipal water pipes that has dissolved minerals in it. These minerals consist calcium and magnesium. These make the water hard.
When hard water evaporates, it does so leave an ultrathin coating of the calcium and magnesium on the surface. If you don’t clean off these deposits on a regular basis in a shower floor, they will accumulate to form the hard water stains.
Now borrowing from high school chemistry, you can recall that hard water deposits have alkaline properties. This means that if you pour an acid onto the hard water deposits, they will react with it. Thereby, softening and start to dissolve. Remember to avoid using harsh chemicals such as common acids. Since they might destroy your tiles. Having said so, you can use common white vinegar from your kitchen. This is because vinegar is a mild acid and it is safe and nontoxic.
Here is all that you need to do to remove the hard water stains on your bathroom tile floor.
First, make sure that the tile floor is dry. After which you should place a double layer of dry paper towels. Ensure you cover all your tiles. Use pure white vinegar to saturate the paper towels. Thoroughly soak the paper towels with the vinegar. Allow the vinegar to sit on the tile for at least eight hours.
After this time elapses squeeze out the paper towels and throw them away. Then open your shower and scrub your tiles. They might look like new. If not so at least there should be far fewer hard water deposits on your floor by now. If this is not the case, just repeat the above process. Well, don’t use a harsh cleaner on your tiles since it will destroy the fine look of your tile.
Remember do not do this with any marble surface before testing it. Marble is alkaline in nature, and therefore vinegar might etch and remove some of the polish from marble. You should first test your marble floor using an acid. This can be done by applying a drop of vinegar and let it sit there for hours. Use clean water to rinse it and check whether your marble floor is changed.
To keep your tile looking like new from now on is easy. Just buy a high-quality squeezer with a good rubber blade. Use it to remove all the water from your bathrooms, the walls, and floors. Remove as much water as possible into the drain. Remember, if there is no water on the floor to evaporate, there will be no hard water stains.