Eliminate Those Water Stains
Water stains can sometimes be a dread. There are many ways to get rid of them, but I’m more into the elegant solutions so you can get why I don’t use invasive chemicals or store-bought products. This is not to say that I leave these pesky little annoyances stay where they are – I have a bit of an OCD when it comes to my bathroom, so you can understand why I can get a bit sensitive on the subject. My bathroom always has to be shining or my brain starts sending me signals that something is not right. In a sense, you might say that my “cleanliness sense is tingling” if that makes any sense. I know it doesn’t sound very pleasant (and trust me, it’s not) but there is not much I can do about it. It’s not severe, I don’t want to see a therapist for such minor problems. So I’m basically stuck with it.
The good news is that it’s causing me to keep my bathroom in a perfect condition and without water stains so there is something useful to come out of this inconvenience. Since I have lots of time on my hands, I don’t really feel like using store-bought products, so I mostly make my solutions myself. You can understand now why I’m writing this article. I want to share all the knowledge I’ve basically gathered over the years. I believe I can help you a lot, especially for removing water stains. Many of my friends were struggling with this issue until I gave them the solution. I will give it to you, too. Now, there are two degrees of water stains…
Normal water stains
Normal water stains are a natural consequence of all the water and high dampness levels in your bathroom. As some of it evaporates, it leaves lots of nasty stains. One would think that water stains would be easier to remove (it’s water, d’uh), but the problem is that it’s not just the water you have to worry about. There are many hard particles in the water we drink. Most of the time they’re harmless and you don’t notice them, but when water evaporates, some of them are left on the surface, especially if it’s a flat surface (like, I don’t know, all the surfaces in your bathroom). These hard particles are the real villains, not water. This is what makes these stains so notoriously hard to remove. But don’t worry about it- there is always a way.
The solution lies in your kitchen. That’s right, you won’t need to use any of those chemicals and expensive products you can buy at the store. All you have to do is grab a few spoons of baking soda and add some white vinegar. Voilà – you’ve just created an all-purpose cleaner that clean basically anything, including those nasty stains. Depending on how much product you need, pour some vinegar in a bowl and then add baking soda until you start getting a paste. After that, get a sponge and just scrub the water stains away. Remove with warm water and dry out immediately.
Hard water stains
In some areas, the concentration of hard particles in the water is so high that they call it hard water. In these areas the solution I showed you above probably won’t work (although you can try it) in which case you need to call the cavalry. In this case, cavalry is vinegar (again) but this time we will need it to be hot. We will also need liquid dish soap to mix with the vinegar. The hot vinegar and the dish soap need to create a 1:1 solution. Pour that into an empty spray bottle (careful not to get burned) and spray the areas where you have hard water stains. Let it work its magic for about 30 minutes and then wash it off with a microfiber cloth and warm water. Again, dry out right after you’re done.
Author Bio: July Minor has a lot of knowledge related to housekeeping and stains removal because she provides end of tenancy cleaning for many years.