While rain water is incredibly beneficially to our environment, it can wreak havoc on cars and windows. In some areas of the country, the water has a high content of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. This water is called hard water. Hard water is a designation that means the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) count in the water is very high. It also means that once the water has evaporated from the surface unsightly and hard-to-remove stains appear. These spots can even cause irreparable damage to your windows if you don’t get rid of them quickly.
Bathroom surfaces, outside facing windows and car surfaces are the most common areas to find hard water stains. Ordinary cleaning techniques usually don’t completely erase water spots caused by hard water, unless of course it is cleaned right away Let’s be honest, who really has the time to clean every single time we use the water after we wash the dishes or water the lawn? A professional cleaning company can maintain the beauty of your windows but you may want to also try some home remedies that may egin to solve the problem.
- Water and Vinegar Solution – Prepare a mixture of 50% water, and 50% white vinegar. Soak a wash towel in the mixture and then press against the windows keeping the area wet. The vinegar should soften the water water stains. Wipe and press the towel on the window until the spots disappear. You may need to repeat the process several times for sites with a lot of water spots.
- Toothpaste! Believe it or not white toothpaste can remove stains. Squeeze a dollop of toothpaste on a paper towel, add a little water, then apply the mixture on the glass as if you’re waxing a car. Thoroughly rinse the glass, then use a squeegee to remove excess water and toothpaste. The spots should be completely gone or at least reduced.
- Steel Wool – Steel wool doesn’t scratch glass, and actually polishes it. Lots of car owners use steel wool to clean their windshields when water spots form on them. You may use steel wool in combination with whatever cleaner you want, whether vinegar or a commercial window cleaner.