Getting hard water spots off windows
Getting hard water spots off windows can become a big chore. There are different ways to get those spots off your windows. Some require only the products you may already have in your home. Other methods of getting hard water spots off your windows may require specialty cleaners or rags. You can use any mixture of cleaners and rags that work for getting your hard water spots off your windows. Here are a few tips in the quest to remove those hard water spots from your windows.
The best way to get rid of your hard water spots on your windows is to do research about the chemicals that will give you hard water spots on your windows. Calcium, lime and iron are the major problems in the hard water spots you get on your windows. The longer these chemicals stay on your windows the harder it is to get them off your windows. The faster you clean the hard water spots on your windows the easier it is to get the hard water off. If you have waited too long to get the hard water spots off then you can use cleaners specially made for the type of chemicals in the hard water and clean the window according to the directions.
You can also use a homemade cleaner of two parts distilled white vinegar mixed with one part water. You will need a fine synthetic steel wool to help scrub the hard water spots off your windows. The fine steel wool will help get the stubborn spots off without scratching your glass. The vinegar is a mild acid and will work well in preventing damage to your glass windows. This solution is best used on newly formed or the more mild hard water spots.
Another homemade solution for getting the hard water spots off your windows includes just corn starch and water. Use warm water and just enough corn starch to make the water look cloudy. Use a clean cloth to apply the solution to the window. Let the corn starch and water solution dry on your window and then buff off with a dry cotton cloth.
You can also try to use pre-made solutions that you can buy at the store. Some are specially made for windows like Crystal Clear or RainX glass polish. There are also cleaners you can buy that are not specially made for windows but do a good job in removing the hard water spots. Some of these products include Kaboom, CLR or Zep. These cleaners are formulated to breakdown the chemicals that make your hard water spots. They will get rid of the calcium, lime and iron that are ruining your window view. These products are mostly used for cleaning bathrooms. Follow the instructions on any of the products you buy.
If you have tried all the above methods and nothing still works you may need to take a closer look at your windows. They may have damage that is preventing you from removing the hard water spots. If this is the case you may need to look into replacing the windows or using a window restoration company. They can give you quotes of what you may need to do and the costs involved. This should be a last resort as it can become pricey.
The best way to get hard water spots off your windows is to try and avoid them in the first place. Don't wash your windows with hard water. Turn your sprinklers so that they don't hit your windows causing your hard water spots. If you get new hard water spots on your windows it is best to clean the windows as soon as possible so the hard water doesn't sit making it harder to come off.
Posted by K on July 30, 2008 06:45 AM | Permalink
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