Any ideas on how to remove hard water spots on granite? I have tried almost all cleaning products. Thanks.
By Stacey from Ridgecrest, CA
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We have hard water. How can I remove a narrow hard water ring on the granite around my soap dispenser, as well as in the crevices of my polished nickel faucet? The faucet and granite are two years old and except for cleaning the granite, I haven't done much of anything for their upkeep. I would like to learn how to maintain them, as I also have noticed a hard water stain at the back of my soap dispenser as well. Thanks.
By Claireanne from Irvine, CA
There are different types of granite, some are more porous than others, some require sealers every so often, etc. If you go to where you purchased the granite, they should be able to tell you the manufacturer's recommendations for your particular granite.
You didn't say what your soap dispenser is made of.
Polished nickel faucets can have different finishes. Some are coated, and some manufacturers have better coatings than others. Faucets that are not coated tend to tarnish in time or more quickly with exposure to chemicals. To clean crevices in the bathroom and kitchen, I use an old toothbrush and water. For built-up calcium in crevices, I use a screwdriver and gently and carefully work at it, being careful not to scratch anything, then follow with the wet toothbrush. (07/01/2009)
I don't know if this will work on granite, but, when I wanted to clean hard water spots off my glass table, I used Barkeeper's Friend. It's a softer version of Comet. Comet might work just as well, though. You might try an inconspicuous spot first to be sure it doesn't hurt the sheen of the granite. Good luck and God bless you. (07/02/2009)
I have used Limeaway.
To prevent it from happening again, I'd use a good paste wax and put down several coats in that area. (07/04/2009)
Razor blade will work on the granite just don't go at it like a maniac. Use it at an angle and gently scrape it off (I've been cleaning houses for years, so I know all the little tricks.) Lime Away works also, but be careful because if you leave it on too long it will eat your granite and mar your faucet. A better alternative would be to use vinegar. It's a natural lime deposit cleaner. Put some on both your granite and nickel faucet let set for short time then use razor on granite and wipe faucet. (07/05/2009)
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Mabel from San Jose
Since nobody else has answered you I'll put my 2 cents worth and move you to the top of the list by saying maybe you could try a Magic Eraser. (11/25/2008)
Soak with vinegar, or soak a cloth with vinegar and place over the stain to dissolve it. You also can try CLR. Granite should not be harmed by an acid. If these were marble surfaces, you would not use vinegar. (11/28/2008)