How to Clean San Diego’s Hard Water from Glass Shower Doors
San Diego’s water is especially prone to collecting minerals as it travels through the pipes that eventually lead to our homes. This makes the quality of our water especially “hard” (i.e., filled with calcium and magnesium). Even the San Diego Public Utilities department admitted that Southern California has some of the hardest water in the United States.
Though hard water is not necessarily a hazard to our health, it is a hazard to our surfaces. Hard water buildup on our fixtures can be difficult to remove. One of the worst culprits is the glass shower door. Hard water creates a thick layer that seems impossible to penetrate. But there are solutions…
- Vinegar is the magic cleanser: Try putting some vinegar, a weak acid, into a spray bottle, and then spraying the glass door all over. Then scrub the area with a soft-bristled brush. After this is completed, rinse area with water. This should remove the hard water stains from your shower door. Vinegar and water is also non-toxic to the environment.
- If that does not work, try a cleanser specific to removing water stains: Read the label on the cleanser product to be sure it is made to clean off hard water stains (e.g., Lime-A-Way or Rain-X). Because these products contain strong chemicals, be sure your bathroom is well ventilated, and have a window open when you use it. Wear rubber gloves and goggles for safety purposes. At this point, spray the cleanser directly onto the shower door, and then wipe it with a damp sponge or a soft bristled brush. Then rinse area with water.
- Maintain your shower door in between cleanings with these tips:
- You can use a squeegee on your glass shower door after every shower.
- Keep a spray bottle with vinegar inside your shower, and spritz your glass shower door every time you shower. Then whisk off the water streaks with the squeegee.
- Consider using a sealant product, such as Mr. Hard Water, to keep the hard water stains from forming in the first place.
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With these suggestions, your glass shower door should be sparkling and in tip-top form in no time. But aside from your glass shower door, hard water can continue to build up in your pipes, faucets and showerheads and prevent the water from even coming out of your faucets at all. If you have water pressure problems and you suspect it may be from hard water mineral buildup, contact us at 619-472-2112, 24 hours a day, and check out our website at www.perryplumbing.com for cost-saving coupons and discounts. Our expert technicians can fix any and all of your plumbing issues. Do not forget to check out our great reviews on Yelp.com, and our 5-Star Google Plus ratings. We look forward to hearing from you.