How do I remove Hard Water Stains

Florida is known for many things. The gorgeous weather, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, the diverse wildlife, and most importantly the Florida State Seminoles! Oh the wonders of the magnificent Florida, also known as the Sunshine State is home to many marvelous facets. Although there are many benefits, there are also a few disadvantages: the mosquitos, the summer smoldering heat, and hard water. Hard water is water that is high in mineral content. It leaves a very obnoxious white haze on glass. This white haze on glass can be very frustrating and even difficult to clean. It presents a vibe of untidiness which in many cases is unacceptable.

Hard water leaves water stains because it is high in minerals like calcium and magnesium. Though it is not a health risk, it does leave a white haze on glass, faucets, and other sink fixtures because of the high mineral buildup. Water is a great solvent and it easily picks up impurities. When water moves through rocks and dirt, it dissolves tiny amounts of calcium and magnesium and keeps them in solution. The white haze on glass is simply the solution of magnesium and calcium in water.

The simplest and easiest way to soften hard water is by the use of an ion exchange water softener. The ion exchange water softener works by swapping the calcium and magnesium with softer minerals like sodium and potassium on a surface of resin. Softening water can extend the lifespan of plumbing because the hard water will clog the pipes over time. This will also decrease the residues from soap scum and residues that are left on spotty dishes.

Currently there are three types of ion softeners. The first is the demand initiated regeneration in which soft water is regenerated when it has run out. This system uses less water and salt and is more efficient than the second type. The second type is an automatic softener. The automatic softener is connected to a timer which regenerates water at certain intervals by flushing out the harder ions and replacing them with softer ions. The last one is a portable exchange in which resin in a tank regenerates the ions and exchanges the hard ones for softer ones. Though hard water may not be a health risk it is, like the Gators, aggravating.

I know what your thinking, OH MY GOSH!!!! I just want the white stains taken off the glass!! We would be happy to help you with that.

Here are a few useful do it yourself tips:

  • To avoid more damage immediately change the sprinkler heads that are hitting the glass
  • You can buy steel wool 0000 grade from Home Depot or Ace Hardware to buff the glass that is showing hard water stains, lubricate glass with soap and water.
  • For more stubborn stains use CLR (short for Calcium Lime Removal) bought at your local hardware stores.
  • When all else fails call your friendly window cleaner, did I mention we are very friendly ☺

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