Have you ever noticed a white, chalky buildup on your faucets? Do your toilets have a blue ring around the water’s edge? Do you see an orange rusty looking stain in your sink or tub? These are all hard water stains.
What causes hard water stains?
Water is colorless, but it can leave behind some traces of itself. What you are seeing are the effects of hard water. Hard water stains are present because hard water contains extra minerals that are not needed and often undesirable. While the majority of the water goes down the drain, the additional minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron may linger, leaving white, orange or blue deposits on bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Those minerals are also responsible for making your drinking glasses look cloudy and causing mineral buildup in pipes.
How to get rid of hard water stains
There are many cleaning products on the market that will help remove the stains caused by hard water. They are typically very strong, may contain acids and must be used with gloves in a well-ventilated area. They are usually very effective. Once you are finished removing the stains, however, the goal is to keep them from returning.
Consider soft water
Turning your hard water into soft water may be the answer to ridding your home of all those irritating water stains. Installing a water softener will remove unwanted minerals from your water. Not only will it take care of the stain problem, but it will also help keep your pipes clear and give appliances a longer life.
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