Removing Hard Water Stains

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I have a well and the water tends to leave a rusty color on everything, including my sun room windows. They look like they are tinted. I have tried everything. What will clean this rusty residue off my windows?

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July 23, 2010

At one time I owned a janitor service. When there was anything on a window that was hard to remove, I would use fine steel wool, sometimes it helps to wet it slightly. I'm not talking about steel wool soap pads. You can find fine steel wool at hardware stores like Home Depot. This is a lot of work, so only go to this method if you can't find a cleaner that will work for you.

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By Elaine 173 889 Flag

July 27, 2010

I am not much help with this. I used to have shower door and I swore I would never have them again. I now have a shower curtain that I can replace much more cheaply than shower doors when the begin to look bad.

Bar Keepers Friend, as someone suggested is an excellent product. I use it also on my cooktop stove.

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Archive: Removing Hard Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

Can anyone PLEASE tell me how to remove hard water stains/soap scum from my shower doors? I have tried scrubbing.

Thank you,
Sherri from Petaluma, CA

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I am a Housekeeper in SC. I have tried everything! I pride my business on getting peoples showers back to new condition but, I have one stubborn one and i have tried it all! Use oven cleaner usually and then windex but this one has been there since forever! It seams to be etched in.
What we finally did was treat and clean and then put clear stain glass gel over it. It never came clean but we have a new look to the shower and the clients love it. It goes on cloudy and dries to that "Can't see through look" Happy Cleaning! (04/18/2006)

By Teri

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I make a mixture of 1 gal vinegar, 1 quart lemon ammonia, 1 cup of dawn dish liquid. This is loaded into spray bottles. It is great to clean anything! Spray it on lavishly, let it soak. To get tough stuff off use a painters razor blade. (05/27/2006)

By MAID IN ABOITE {Fort Wayne IN}

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For hard water stains, use vinegar! Soak it, rub or scrub it, and wash. It may take some time for tough stains. You can also slightly dampen old dryer sheets and rub on light stains. (06/23/2006)

By rachel1234

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Limeaway or CLR will work to clean off any buildup, and then use a shower spray regularly to keep it clean. Spray down after you shower and then use a squeegee to clean the glass. No need to rinse. You can buy the shower spray at the one dollar stores or make your own using equal parts of distilled water and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. It will be helpful if you can get all the family members to spray down after their showers, also. (06/24/2006)

By Harlean from Arkansas

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I had terrible hard water build up on my shower doors and I used Pledge Orange Scent. It worked like a champ. I sprayed the Pledge on a dry surface and used a sponge with a rough side to scrub. I then wiped it clean with a paper towel. It looks amazing and the Pledge smells great! Try this is really works! (06/28/2006)

By Lisa

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Can you get a product called Mean Green in your area? It will get pretty much anything off of anything...use sparingly as its very slippery, and a bit hard to rinse (06/30/2006)

By MJJJOY

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Oddest thing, but try this wet a fabric softener dryer sheet and scrub. It removes the hard water and smells great! (08/10/2006)

By Mandy

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I tried the Orange Pledge treatment and was just amazed!! Be careful when replacing the shower doors if you remove them to clean............they are a bit slick due to the Pledge. Thanks so much Lisa!!! (08/16/2006)

By Darlene

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This is what I tried and found out: I used fresh lemons which removed the soap scum, but not the hard water marks. Dryer sheets did the same. I did not have Pledge, but did try Orange Glo, another furniture polish made with orange oils. Sprayed it on liberally, let sit for a few minutes, scrubbed with a light abrasive pad and IT WORKED! I then used dish soap and rubbed it all over the door then rinsed it off. Who would've guessed! (08/28/2006)

By Jasmine

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DO NOT use a painter's razor if you have CLEAR glass. You'll get long scratches. However, I assume if you have FROSTED glass, you won't notice the scratches. (10/21/2006)

By hardywater

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Kaboom removes hard water stains on glassware and glass shower doors. It has no strong fumes and safe to use. (11/04/2006)

By Robin

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I own a cleaning company in Mchenry IL and also pride myself on making everything look spotless. The trick is to clean bathrooms at least once a week. Clean glass doors... ready? The eraser sponge. found at all retail centers and even dollar stores. You can find 2 in a box for maybe $3. Wet down your doors/glass. Scrub with the eraser (half blue/half white). I go over it again with Windex to get the shine. Does not require a lot of scrubbing. I don't remember what mfg makes the "eraser". (12/08/2006)

By Delta Cleaning

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Vinegar is the key here folks. Its cheap, natural and it works. I too have a cleaning business and I use it full strength in a spray bottle. Spray it on, leave it for a bit, then come back and scrub it with one of those scrub/sponge. It works great. Be sure to venilate the room though. Vinegar is great for coffee pots, Tea pots, vaporizors basically anything you put water in it will desolve the lime (hard water) spots. Check out Vinegar uses online. I can't say enought about this stuff. All of the other stuff mentioned here is expensive and harmful to you. Try the WHITE vinegar and let me know what you think! (12/11/2006)

By Pam - Texas

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The following is for removing hard water stains or lime scale (calcium buildup). It is not for removing soap scum I'll call it Shower Glass restoration. I have a 5 year old house. We have a water softener, and we squeegeed our shower doors after every shower. It took 5 years, but I finally noticed a white haze on our shower door and glass enclosure. I tried all of the stuff mentioned by others including the acid based ones like vinegar, CLR, and LemiShine. Either they don't work or they work so sloooooowly that I couldn't notice a change. (b)There just isn't any magic - spray on - wipe off remedy (in my experience). If you think there is, try them all and if they work, great - if not do this. Notice I didn't say TRY this. This works, BUT IT IS WORK. I'll call it Shower Glass restoration. The good news is that you only have to do it once. Then maintain it by using a squeegee after every shower, and doing a quick clean and an application of Rain X (automobile window protectant) once per month.

Like cutting diamonds with diamonds, use a calcium carbonate abrasive to remove calcium carbonate buildup. I used BON AMI powdered cleanser and mechanical action (scrubbing). I used the 10 inch car wax buffer that my kids gave me years ago for father's day, to make the mechanical action much easier. You could probably use an orbital sander with a terry cloth strip in place of the sandpaper. IMPORTANT: use only enough water to make the BON AMI stick to the terry cloth. Too much water will act as a lubricant - defeating the purpose of the abrasive. I can't emphasize enough - The drier the better: I sprinkled the BON AMI on the buffer pad and then misted it with a spray bottle. Press the buffer against the glass before activating the buffer or you'll make a mess!

It took about 2 hours to clean roughly 42 square feet of shower glass (6'-7') Now it's crystal clear. Many may think this method is too much work, but it's the only thing that worked fro me... (01/06/2007)

By Phil

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I haven't tried this on shower doors yet, but the next thing I will try is glass cooktop cleaner. I made the mistake of washing my parent's van with a little bit of Dawn dishsoap and water on a HOT day a few summers ago--every window on the van had spots that could not be removed. My mom finally tried glass cooktop cleaner and it came right off. I'd assume that since it didn't hurt the car windows, it shouldn't hurt shower doors.... worth a shot? Just test it on a small area at bottom of door first. (01/21/2007)

By Jen

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I'm seeing a lot of recommendations for scrubbies and acid (vinegar) based cleaners... this will work for a one time fix, but over the course of time the acid will etch the glass and you'll be back in the same position. There was a suggestion for using Rain-Ex this works great! Once you have got the glass clean Rain-Ex it and keep your squeegee working... (01/28/2007)

By Dee: Anchor Cleaning Services

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Here's the real deal. Not my idea. I got it off the HGTV channel where they redo houses. Anyway.

Using a glass dish, mix 10 parts water (tablespoons are big enough) with one part muriatic (pool) acid. Be sure to wear rubber gloves. Apply with a fine steel wool and let sit for a minute or two, then apply the elbow grease with the steel wool.

It took two applications on a glass that had a two-year build-up. It did not work on a shower that had been abused for 15 years, but I think that glass was permanently etched. It was clean, but not clear.

On an on-going basis, many cleaners will keep the glass clean. I'm using CLR, but still apply the steel wool, which I think is the key to success. Good luck. (01/29/2007)

By John

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Guaranteed to work. To explain, I work out of town, am single, and get home maybe once a month. I have not cleaned the water spots off of my shower in more than 5 years and nothing here helped, so I tried my own idea. Use Simonize chrome cleaner and elbow grease. Works like a charm on glass. Not a spot left. Us guys can do something once in a while. (02/10/2007)

By Roger

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The glass cook top cleaner works the best of all of the other posted remedies. Try it, you don't really have to scrub, just apply with a little pressure, let dry a bit and wipe off with a clean dry towel. It really does work! (02/16/2007)

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I found the easiest way to remove the stains. I like you, was totally frustrated and had tried EVERYTHING! Buy Kaboom, Ultra Scrub. Start with a completely dry shower. Take a paper towel, squirt some Kaboom on it and rub in a circular motion. Allow it to sit for one hour and then take a sponge with a scrubby on one side, wet it completely, and gently scrub in a circular motion, wetting the sponge often. It is amazing how well it works. (03/09/2007)

By Tracy

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I am from Phoenix and was researching this subject because our water is IMPOSSIBLE. What I have concluded from everything that I have read and researched is citrus acid is the key. So I just went out and picked a grapefruit from my tree, cut it in half and juiced up my newer, heavily stained, $1000 glass shower door. I let it sit for an hour, came back washed it down with a wet washcloth then dried it with a paper towel and I would say 60% of the stains came off. I may try an orange tomorrow or a lemon from my neighbors tree. It worked! Cant believe it. Now I know why everyone claims their product as Orange Glow or Lemon Fresh, because citrus is the key. Citrus acid. Try it before you use chemicals. I did hear Magic Eraser was good for people with not so hard h2o. Didn't work for me, but I am turning my h2o softener back on. I am sure that will help. OH, citrus I know is bad for granite so I made sure that I didn't touch my hardware or tile when applying.
(03/14/2007)

By Sally from the Valley

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UPDATE! I did a second application with half a grapefruit, left it on for 15 mins, wiped off then windexed and my door is SPOTLESS!! Try it and post your feedback. I would like to know what you think! (03/18/2007)

By Sally from the Valley

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Out of frustation of getting the soap scum and hard water buildup off, I took a single edged razor blade and scraped it right off. Once the scum is off you can clean it easily with just about anything that cleans glass. No waiting and no fuss. (03/18/2007)

By David O

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I have a granite shower with hard water stains that I could not get out. I tried Soft Scrub with Bleach, then vinegar. I then checked out this website and saw the post about using Pledge with Orange Oil. I never would have believed it, but it worked! And, it did not etch the granite like some said it would. My shower looks beautiful! I'm going to get the biggest bottle of that stuff I can find! (04/04/2007)

By Shawn

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We are in the process of flipping a house that had water stains and build up on the glass shower doors like I have never seen before. After several failed attempts with traditional cleaners and elbow grease we found a solution that took some work but was 100% effective. We used the same claener that is used to clean your stove top. Use the same cleaner with the suggested scrubber and you will be impressed with the results. This was good for the glass since the rest of the shower cleaned up with other store brand supplies. (04/07/2007)

By Jesse

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We tried everything on this list for a shower we have been trying to get clean for 6 years! The previous owners obviously had poor luck, too, with this VERY hard water. The orange oil only masked the problem (once it washed off that was clear, pardon the pun). What worked, you may wonder?

A POWER tool (B&D Firestorm sander thingy) - the car wash "buffer" did nothing, but the B&D sander, with a cleaning pad rather than sandpaper, along with some Barkeeper's friend (we could not find Bon Ami, as suggested above). Also tried a round sander and that worked better, Not quite as good, but not a power tool, was the scum buster in conjunction with the BKF.

Happy cleaning! (04/26/2007)

By Heather in Houston

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I am shocked that no one has mentioned AMAZ. This product is applied with a scrub pad in a circular motion and is the ONLY thing that worked for water stains on outside windows with baked on water spots from direct Arizona sun. For years I was told that there was NOTHING I could do but replace all the glass-

I found AMAZ on the internet, bought some from a glass replacement company locally and it worked. (05/07/2007)

By Nancy

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Don't waste your money - Bar Keepers Friend - this is all you need it works! 1st -- read the (short) directions on the can - this is the answer to those circular white deposits on the glass shower doors that are still there after you have tried all the sprays and have removed the soap scum. It can also be used before you have removed any soap scum, before you use anything! Don't waste your money on other products, this is all you need! And it's not expensive! (Under 2.00)
(05/19/2007)

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I've bought many products in the past year that claim to clean those ugly water spots of glass, as well as vinegar, citrus, etc,etc. None of them made any difference at all that I could see. I'd just about given up and was thinking of replacing the entire shower when I saw the last post here that mentioned Bar Keepers friend. I use that stuff all the time to clean pots and pans but never though it would work on glass. I just tried it and I'm happy to report that it really works! I get it at the local supermarket for about $2 a can. Just wet some powder slightly, apply with a damp sponge, and rub. You don't even have to rub too hard. Then wash it off. The glass is now sparkling and looks like new! (05/20/2007)

By Jim

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Just take some Lime A-Way and put about 2 table spoons or so in some water. Shake it up, then spray on the glass and allow it to sit for maybe 30 or 45 seconds or so. Then wipe around with a paper towel. The water spots should be gone. Follow that with some Windex or something along those lines to clean the glass and dilute down the water/lime-a-way mixture (since Lime-a-way is a type of acid). Works great everytime! :-) Just be careful because the Lime A-Way is nasty stuff when concentrated. (05/23/2007)

By Ray

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I was very frustrated and had tried ALL the commercial products that claim to remove those white spots from hard water, with no success. I read this site and tried the glass top stove cleaner. I will admit, I was very skeptical, but figured it was worth a try. I was AMAZED that it actually worked! Try it, you will be pleasantly surprised. (06/30/2007)

By Me

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I have not cleaned my shower doors for a year in a new house and now it is hard to see through them. I tried all kinds of remedies and cleaning products. Nothing worked to get the hard water spots off the glass until I ran in this thread about glass stove top cleaners. I have a smooth top stove and have that cleaner on hand, so I gave it a try. The results, AMAZING! Glass looks brand new, no water marks. The brand I used is Cerama Bryte, but I image any glass stove top cleaner will work. Thanks to those who made this awesome suggestion. As a plus, glass shower doors were written on the bottle as an other use, it has zero odor. (07/01/2007)

By Stanton

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Our shower door seems to be etched with hard water stains. Nothing I have tried will remove. It looks better when wet, but when we squeegee and it dries, it looks terrible. I have even tried sharp razor blades but nothing phases it.

Sandra from Austin, TX

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RE: Removing Hard Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

If the glass is truly etched this cannot be cleaned off. The one thing I have found is to rub a thin coat of baby oil on the whole surface this needs to be repeated, doors look nice and clear. This also will work on the framework.

This is not a permanent fix; at least it looks good for a while.
Babbie (07/08/2007)

By BABBIE

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Shout It Out or the cheap laundry stain removers. Works for me. Just wet the shower down, spray the Shout It out, let it sit, scrub with a green scrubbie, rinse and let dry.
(07/09/2007)

By This worked for me

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Who in the world woulda "thunk" it, but the Pledge worked. I tried it last out of disbelief, what a fool I was. By the way, I used lemon extra moisturizer Pledge because that's what I had at the moment. It worked, but I like the Orange Pledge better. Thank you guys. (07/10/2007)

By LJ

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Polishing compound purchased at any automotive store will work on automotive glass, only if the stains are not eched in. No matter what you use, if the stain is in the glass itself (glass is porous) the only remedy is an acid wash. Save your time and pay a pro $120.00 to clean and detail your car (or shower doors if that's the case). The glass used in most shower doors is cheap stuff, it might be worth your while just to replace your glass and then treat the glass with an anti spot treatment (07/14/2007)

By Robert

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I had hard water stains on my glass enclosed shower. I tried everything suggested on this site without success. Then I tried the cook top cleaner as Jen 1/2007 recommended. It worked effectively and I am one happy camper!

Robin G F (07/16/2007)

By Robin G F

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If the stain on your tub is not too hard and has been sitting for awhile a steamer works great. Have not tried on glass but i assume it will work. (07/21/2007)

By Tana

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I had similar problem on shower glass. I Used Limeaway, I suggest you stand in shower while wearing a pair of cleaning gloves and squirt the bottle along the top of the glass and let it run down wait about 3 minutes and rinse. It worked well. I suggest opening the windows too, so the room is well ventilated.(07/24/2007)

By Tom

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Ok, I am still sweating from cleaning my shower. I tried Limeaway which I swear by for faucets. After that didn't work I came here and tried lots of the suggestions, CLR, vinegar, Kaboom, none worked. I have used lemon oil before and it does look good for a while but it doesn't remove the stains, it just covers them. I saw the post for Bon Ami, I love that for my kitchen sink. I ran out and only had Bar Keepers Friend, pretty much the same type of cleanser. I used it really dry on a sponge, I used the scrubber side and could see the stains coming off. It looks great! I followed up with Rain X, another great product. I was going to clean the whole house but dang. I am sweaty and beat. Good luck! (08/22/2007)

By Mary

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Pledge + Steel Scraper = Clean Shower!

Of all the remedies people suggested, the only one that I had on hand was Pledge, but it alone wasn't enough for our awful hard water stains. That's when I noticed that with my fingernail, I could scrape off the "Pledged" waters pots. Not being interested in scraping with my fingernail for 19 hours, I grabbed a big Painter's Blade. With in minutes, the spots were gone, the blade did not scratch anything, and I was able to Windex my shower to a perfect clarity.

WARNING: This is so easy, even us husbands can do it. (09/03/2007)

By Jeromy

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Try Bring-It-ON water spot remover. It's a paste that you wipe on, leave on for a few minutes to dissolve the minerals, and wipe off. Invented by a gal that got tired of trying things that didn't work. (09/04/2007)

By Don

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Oh my gosh. I'm not a patient person, so instead of waiting until I got some Orange Pledge, I tried an off brand furniture polish and it kind of worked. I used the dryer sheet with a green scrubber and it kind of worked. I noticed that the products that contained "orange" in the ingredients got a lot of tries and good comments.

Since I didn't have either one of those products, I tried Goo Gone. This is an orange based goo remover I had on hand, and I cleaned my shower glass. I am very embarrassed to say it hasn't been cleaned in over a year (couldn't see through it). It took less than 45 minutes to a clean, clear shine with no water spots! The Goo Gone I have came in a spray bottle. I just spritzed it on and used a green scrubber with just a little elbow grease, then used Windex to clean off the Goo Gone. I did have to wipe off the glass twice with Windex since the Goo Gone is also oil based. I guess I'll have to loose weight since my husband can now see me through the shower door! (09/20/2007)

By Agnes -Houston

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Although I don't see it mentioned. Once your glass doors are clean, use car wax to coat them. Then when the get dirty, wipe the material off and reapply the car wax. Very little is needed.

(09/23/2007)

By David

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In the past I tried most liquid products, but nothing worked on our glass shower wall, and it was all too labor intensive for such meager results. Then I successfully followed Jim's advice from earlier (below) with a couple of tweaks. I found some Bar Keepers Friend (BKF) It's like Bon Ami, but I couldn't find that. BKF is safe for glass, but Comet and Ajax are not.

Next I bought an inexpensive palm sander with a rectangular surface. Then I attached a green Scotch Brite pad in place of the sand paper - mistake. The green pads will lightly scratch the glass. Then I checked out the 3M website and discovered I needed to use the blue pads, so I went and got a pack. I also tried a cut up t-shirt before going back to the store, but that did nothing.

So I attached two blue pads next to each other where sand paper would have gone, sprayed the pad and glass with water, put about a tablespoon of the BKF on the sander, leaned it up against the glass carefully to avoid spilling it, then turned on the sander. I went over a one to two square foot area and immediately over the same area two more times. Then I wiped the BKF off with a moist towel. Next I repeated the same sanding/rinsing technique three times. That did the trick. The glass looks like new. Finally I treated it with Rain-X to keep the water beading off the surface. And lastly to remind the family to squeegee after each shower. Thanks for all the advice!

(09/24/2007)

By Guest Bee

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I just got this tip from a home inspector, and it works! Add 2/3 cup water to 1 packet of kool-aid Lemonade, scrub your shower doors, and rinse. Amazing results, 2 years of buildup gone without intensive scrubbing. And no environmental pollution. (11/09/2007)

By Cate

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Twinkle by Drackett-- love all their cleaning products. Believe it to be safe on glass. (11/26/2007)

By Deb

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Wow! OK, after reading several of your comments and looking for cleaners, I found under the cabinet "Rubbermaid Floor Grout Cleaner". Yes, sounds odd. I said what the heck and i tried it on the shower doors.

Using a blue side of a sponge, I poured some of the cleaner on the sponge and applied it to the door. Instantly you can see the cleaner turn white on the soap scum. I then lightly started to rub the sponge in a circular motion and within minutes the spot was crystal clear! I completely cleaned one door within 30 minutes.

The cleaner does contain "hydrochloric acid" so please use caution. To help, I poured it out of its original bottle and put it in a spray bottle. I recommend this cleaner also for cleaning grout. Buy a stiff bristle brush, apply, let sit for 3 minutes, brush and your done

Shawn, Illinois

(b)Editor's Note:(/b) Because hydrochloric acid is toxic, make sure to use good ventilation, wear rubber gloves and avoid breathing in any fumes. (12/08/2007)

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Ok y'all I think I have found the miracle here. We just put our house on the market, upper price range in our area. Mind you I am a procrastinator when it comes to house work. I found this site tried almost everything, nothing worked good enough, frustrated I was sitting there thinking what I could try. My husband does all our vehicle maintenance. So I went and got his "Gojo". I rubbed just a little bit on an inconspicuous spot and instantly years worth of hard water stains gone with almost no elbow grease. It can be found at any auto store like Auto Zone/Advanced. (01/15/2008)

By JennJen718

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You are so right. Used Easy Off Fume Free Max. Let it set for 15 min and hit it with my scumbuster. 5 yrs of scum and hard water stains gone. Thanks (02/06/2008)

By Lex

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Don't know if this has been mentioned or not, but Spot X Hard Water Stain Remover (Got at Home Depot) worked perfectly. Only took probably 5 minutes tops to clean the door. It looks like the day it was installed.
(02/26/2008)

By Joel

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Steel wool and Windex! (04/28/2008)

By Troy

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I used a product from New Zealand called C-thru Water Spot Remove. It worked, an absolute treat. Took years of ugly build-up off my glass shower. Hubby did his boat windows and truck as well. It's safe to use and has no nasty smells, etc. Highly recommended. (05/29/2008)

By Marian

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I have been trying everything that everyone has posted. None of it has worked for me. I finally broke down and tried soft scrub and a green scratch pad. It worked right away and beautifully. There were no scratches left over. You just have to rinse it really good. But my glass shower doors have never been cleaner. (06/12/2008)

By Michelle

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SOS pad and Windex worked great for me. (06/29/2008)

By Neil

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Nancy,I know you posted over a year ago but you are correct about the A-maz product for water spots. My friend's mom sent me some from California and it really worked when I tried it out last night. It did leave some smudges but, I am going to go back in today when I have more light but it really was amazing! (07/21/2008)

By Jenny

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I clean windows for a living and have found a very effective way to remove hard water stains. I buy a product from Ace Hardware called the Simple Cleaning Solution. It is a powder that forms a paste when applied to a wet towel. I have to use a little elbow grease, but the the results are fabulous and my clients are amazed that I actually got the stains off.

Sometimes the showers are so damaged by the stains that it takes more time than I can charge customers for. If they want to do it themselves I tell them to go to hardwaterstain.com and order it for themselves.(b)(/b) (07/31/2008)

By WindowWashGuy

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

I just tried the 150 grit sandpaper on my finish sander in one spot and it scratched the glass pretty bad so you might want to be careful. My doors were on ly $300 crystal clear glass brand new so maybe it's the type of glass. I swear I think it's going to be easier and cheaper to just buy new doors and this time make sure that they stay clean. Please enjoy this picture of my ruined door. (08/08/2008)

By fauxtoman

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RE: Removing Hard Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

Whoa, fauxtoman! You dropped a zero, it should have been 1500 grit sandpaper. (08/11/2008)

By hammer

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

Turtle wax polishing compound. Work it with a wet sponge. (09/03/2008)

By Greg

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

Well I was all set to go out and buy stove top cleaner but I figured I'd give old fashioned vinegar a try first. I live in South Korea and found some crazy-strong 99% vinegar that'll knock a grown man out if he takes a big enough whiff. I just successfully removed hard water stains from my shower door using a 50-50 mix of vinegar and water and a scrub pad. Maybe we just got the good stuff over here. (09/14/2008)

By comatosed

Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

Have you tried baking soda? Combine it with white vinegar and it works a treat! (09/28/2008)

By HardWaterExpert

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

After a few months our new glass shower enclosure was getting spots. I polished the glass with glass stovetop cleaner/polish and got them off. It wasn't really severe, but it was all over the glass and it was a big chore to polish it all. (Our old shower was so badly 'etched' with spots it was almost like frosted glass, frankly it's easier to have badly spotted glass replaced.) NOTE: you do have to rub pretty hard, you're basically sanding the glass with a slightly gritty liquid, kind of like using buffing compound on a dull auto paint finish.

Once it was polished again we started cleaning and treating it every 10 days to 2 weeks and there has not been a single spot for over a year. We use microfiber cloths, an alcohol-based aerosol glass cleaner and then a gel glass treatment (similar to Rain-X but easier to use). It takes an extra 10 minutes to treat after the regular cleaning, but I prefer that to using a squeegee or wiping it down every time I shower.

The water runs right off, no daily maintenance, and it's a true joy to have a crystal clear shower enclosure all the time. (10/15/2008)

By OldJaze

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

Lemon oil will do the trick and it is easy, inexpensive. No scrubbing, smear it on the surface of the shower doors, rub it in real good like you are polishing your wood furniture. Wash off and clean with Windex. Just like new. (10/19/2008)

By groovycharmer

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

I went through the garage and tried everything: rubbing compound, rain-x, paint thinner, bug and tar remover, detailing spray didn't work! Guess what? The last can I grabbed was Finish Line's Eco-Tech Degreaser. It worked great. It's biodegradable and made from soy oil, no harsh fumes. Try it! (11/02/2008)

By Amy

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

I used lemon juice and wiped with a shop towel. I applied it pretty heavily and scrubbed off what I could. Then I used a 4F pumice powder that I use for polishing finished on woodworking projects. Worked great, not too much elbow grease required. I did not have extreme buildup, maybe 8 months since last cleaning. (11/03/2008)

By Andy B

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

I think I killed every fish in Lake Ontario with the various cleansers and potions I tried. After being fed up with cleaning the flaming doors, today I removed the glass doors and the frame and sold it on kijiji for $125!

I installed a shower curtain. The rod cost me $12, the modern - looking curtain and hooks were $65 (there are cheaper ones) and I picked up a shower curtain liner at the dollar store for - wait for it - $1! I will change the liner every 2 weeks to keep things 'fresh'. I'm a beaten man, I lost, the lime won!

My bathroom actually looks cleaner now with the curtain. There are thousands of curtains from country themes to modern patterns, depending on your desired look. (11/22/2008)

By Ed

Glisten is Excellent!

Glisten works great! I order it online. We use it for build up on the shower heads, outdoor faucets, anything that has the hard mineral buildup. CLR was a waste of money.

I don't know why it isn't sold in stores. It is supposed to be safe for the septic and pipes as well. (02/17/2009)

By Marialaina

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

I can't believe this actually worked this morning. Our door are less than a year old and we have hard water so I've been getting sick at looking at the hard water spots. I tried everything from dryer sheets to Windex and couldn't get the darn spots off. Then this morning, I got out of the shower and went to clean my glasses and lo and behold it worked on the shower doors. The door were still damp when I sprayed the eye glass cleaner onto them. I just did a small area to try and it worked!

Now I'm going to run the shower again and do the entire doors. Again start with the doors wet, probably preferably after a shower then spray on the eyeglass cleaner and I just used paper towels and a bit of elbow grease, it didn't take much pressure at all! I would be worried about using too much pressure as I wouldn't want to chance breaking the doors

Hope this works for all of you as well as it did for me! (02/19/2009)

By Guest

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I have ugly, hard water stains on my glass shower stall. I'd like a more permanent solution than wiping, squeegeeing or spraying after each shower. I have been using a Peroxide/water mix (1/2-1/2). This is actually great for your whole home, though it doesn't look like much. But I'd like something more long lasting for the shower. Thanks!

MJ from Las Vegas, NV

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RE: Removing Hard Water Stains From Glass Shower and Tub Doors

You squeegee and does a glass come clear? if not it may be permanently etched and if glass is not been permanently try dampening paper towels with white vinegar in sticking them to the glass and if that doesn't work try Lime away on paper towel stuck to the glass if that still doesn't work it sounds like there permanently etched. If they are permanently etched put a thin film of baby oil over the whole surface (you can do this to a stainless steel also) if you own your home you can always go to the crafts store and get etching cream and paint the doors so there permanently etched you could either stencil or hand paint the designs to match your decor.

Just be sure to follow the directions and wipe off as much as you can before rinsing and don't let it get on the ceramic, if you have fiberglass you need not worry.
(02/21/2009)

By BABBIE

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains from Glass Shower and Tub Doors

Eureka! We found a cleaner for really hard water stains by accident! Our hard water is so bad, (Everybody cheer, "How Hard IS It?')we had to put our dogs on bottled water, and us, too. One dog had to eat a special Science Diet Formula for one entire month. That cost money.

We always use Oxi Clean in our laundry or our clothes would be red-brown colored. One night, my husband took a little tub and soaked his white coat in it overnight. (He works for a Doctor,) the next morning, I noticed CLEAN streaks in our bathtub! I took some oxi clean, wet it a little with a cleaning rag, and wow, our tub was clean!

One lady told us to use a brand of cleaner that makes me gag, it does clean, but whoa, the chemical smell! I also like Bar Keepers Friend for my pots and pans, but nothing can get rid of this, until I used Oxi Clean Versatile. I thought I was going to faint, and it wasn't from fumes, it was how easily it cleaned the bathtub in such a short time. Minutes compared to days.

I was distraught over our bathtub, and I let it go. Then I spent three days scrubbing it, with the bathroom window open and was overcome by fumes, not to mention I had to go to the store and buy a scrubber brush, and even with lots of elbow grease, I was getting nowhere in a hurry. I truly wanted to cry. Then the Oxi Clean Versatile incident, and I haven't been afraid of my bathtub since! Our water is so hard (again "How Hard Is It?") that the oxi clean didn't immediately remove the stain right at the bathtub faucet, but it immediately cleaned the entire bathtub, and no smell, no horrible chemical odor smell! I will continue using oxi clean versatile to clean my bathtub. (02/21/2009)

By Carol L.

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains from Glass Shower and Tub Doors

Vinegar and a scrubbie is all you need, towel dry. (02/23/2009)

By Luckyonetexas

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains from Glass Shower and Tub Doors

I work for a cleaning company it was mentioned that WD-40 would take off hard water fast. I figured it wouldn't hurt to try. We wanted to replace it before too long when we remodel so I got my husband to get what he had in the garage an I sprayed it on the class doors went to get a steel wool scratcher and by the time I got back to the bathroom, I just barely rubbed it and flakes the size of my palm began to just fall off. It really works. Pass it on I'm going to get a full can and do the rest. Good luck, Barbara (03/21/2009)

By Sally_Admin

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains from Glass Shower and Tub Doors

Hi everybody, I have a nice costly mirror in my bathroom which had many hard water stains which just seemed to be etched into glass surface. After trying a number of cleaning agents and other methods without success, I practically found that best idea to completely remove the hard water stains off the mirrors and glass windows is to gently rub a high density sandpaper of grade 600 or above with a little water. No other product or method is so successful.

So friends, just don't waste your valuable time and money on anything else. Narinder (05/30/2009)

By COSYCOM

Archive: Removing Hard Water Stains from Showers and Tubs

To remove hard water stains from your shower all you need is Barkeepers Friend. Also works well on enclosed cook tops.

By onelady from TX

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I live in Hawaii and have used a product called MX-7 (for glass) on an old truck that had years of hard water spot buildup on all the exterior glass. It took the hard water spots off with little elbow grease. When my son bought a place in Las Vegas a year ago, I looked all over the valley for this product, but couldn't find it. I finally found it at one of the local hardware stores (Ace). They just started carrying it. I used it on his shower door and enclosure and like my truck, all the hard water spots came off. I then applied Rainx, bought a squeegee, and will be praying. (06/05/2009)

By Russ808702

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains from Showers and Tubs

Tried most of comments still didn't work on tiles in shower. Thought of 3m rubbing compound fine cut. A few drops on the tile and rub and it got most of it out first time. Went back over a second time and cleared up almost all of hard water stains over last decade. Next put wax on. (07/21/2009)

By jspain

Archive: Removing Hard Water Stains from Showers and Tubs

A while ago I asked for shower cleaning products for hard water. I got Greased Lightening and I can't remember the other and lost the paper. Something like Good Stuff or Clean Stuff? Could you please help? Thanks.

By mfgershman from Anaheim, CA

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I wish to put in another vote for Bar Keeper's Friend. I was just cleaning the left and right rear view mirrors on my car and wasn't able to remove the water spots with Windex. I found this thread and since I have Bar Keeper's Friend I thought I would give it a try.

It worked unbelievably well! I put a bit on a damp sponge and rubbed it into each mirror, wiped clean with a paper towel, and then did each one more time with Windex. The mirrors are incredibly clean and clear. It works! (09/03/2009)

By KeithParker

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains from Showers and Tubs

Bar Keepers Friend is the only thing I have found out of all (ALL) the products listed in the below posts to work. I live where all water comes from aquifers and it is really hard. For $2, you cannot beat it. Especially when it takes little or no elbow grease for it to work. (09/07/2009)

By Hardwater Hater

Archive: Removing Hard Water Stains from Showers and Tubs

I am having a problem with my glass shower doors. They feel clean so I think it's hard water stains. I have tried lots of things and am now wondering if I will have to replace them.

By annmarie53 from Ireland

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I was having problems with hard water stains on windows-like previous responses - started trying a lot of things that did not work - then taking the lead off of another feedback did the following - I used fine steel wool and "super concentrated pro 409 Formula" multi purpose cleaner (straight from the bottle) - sprayed, rubbed with steel wool, wiped with paper towels and follow up with a microfiber towel for buffing - this worked for me.
(09/15/2009)

By dingaling39

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains from windows

I posted a suggestion for hard water stains on patio doors - using Super Concentrated Pro 409 Formula - I needed some more and I can't locate - I called the company - product no longer available. (09/16/2009)

By dingaling39

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains from Showers and Tubs

We have extremely hard water and used to have a horrible getting shower/tub/glass clean until I tried Smart Solutions best working tub and tile cleaner, sold at Dollar General. It is a white spray bottle with red, yellow and green label and is excellent! Spray on, rub with old bath cloth or piece of towel and rinse. Finish by spraying on a coat of TILEX Fresh Shower prolongs cleanliness.
(09/18/2009)

By Cheape T

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains from Showers and Tubs

My elderly neighbor enlisted me to try to clean up a set of clear shower doors that were covered in moderate hard-water deposits. After trying a Lime and Scale remover she had purchased with no apparent effect, I hit the Net and found this thread and the recommendations for Bar Keepers Friend.

Picked up a can of BKF at the Local SprawlMart for less than two bucks and using a No-Scratch Scotch-Brite pad and a little elbow grease, had the shower doors looking just like new in about 1/2 an hour. One nice thing about the product is there is very little odor from the product while using it.

Thanks, Bar Keepers Friend! (09/24/2009)

By Dave_in_NorCal

Archive: Removing Hard Water Stains

For hard water stains in dishwashers, tubs, sinks, washers, almost anywhere, I use Lime Away. It's sold in local dollar stores, Walmart, etc. A lot of stores carry this product. I used to be a housekeeper and used this faithfully.

You really should use gloves, and the smell is pretty strong, but believe me, it really works wonders. In dishwashers I let it run though the whole cycle. Once you use this product you'll never be without it.

Source: Gained knowledge through years of cleaning.

By "A" from Wheeling, WV

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I can't afford Lime Away, so I found a product called "The Works" toilet bowl cleaner (the one in the larger bottle). It works miracles on calcium and rust. Even our Dollar Tree has it. (11/24/2009)

By hibbardg

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains

Hey, this is it! I tried every method on this topic and still had streaky water spots on glass doors. Someone mentioned grout cleaner, so I went digging through my garage and found Restore4 colored grout cleaner. I used it with a green scratchy pad and it worked! After rinsing with clear water and squeegee - they shined. It even stood the direct sunlight test. I am using clarifying shampoo (for chlorine in hair) and a squeegee to maintain. (02/02/2010)

By houstonred

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains

A professional window washer told me there was nothing he could do to remove water spots from a window that the irrigation system had been hitting. So I read all the reviews on this site, and tried a couple of solutions.

First was a Scotch Brite (steel) wool soap pad. It did a fair job. Then I tried Bar Keeper's Friend (for stainless steel sinks). I applied it with a damp sponge then flipped the sponge over to the scrubby side. After only a few minutes of mild elbow grease, I wiped the residue off with paper towels, then washed with Windex. Spots were gone! I was amazed and very pleased. Didn't scratch the glass, either. (03/22/2010)

By kathyks7

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains

I'm not sure if they sell it here in the US but if they do it would probably be in the cleaning section. For those of you who go to Mexico there is a product (very inexpensive) called Acido Muriatico. It's a white bottle with a red top and red letters. That will take the stains away in a second! All you have to do is pour some on a sponge or an old rag and just wipe (no scrubbing necessary) the glass. Rinse it off and they are gone. Just make sure you put some gloves on to protect your hands because it will dry your hands if you don't. After you try it, you'll love having those glass shower doors. (04/11/2010)

By GloEd

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains

RE: Acido Muriatico (GloEd)
AKA: Muratic Acid

Found where pool supplies are sold. Very effective but take care to avoid injury to yourself and about anything else it comes in contact with. Check compatibility closely. Strong stuff. (04/22/2010)

By Campesino805

RE: Removing Hard Water Stains

How to remove hard water stains?? I have literally tried everything, Lime Away, CLR, lemon juice, vinegar - the list goes on and on. I have purchased more useless (in my opinion) products and you know what worked miraculously? Tried and true SOS pads!

I would never have thought, but my mom said "do it" and it worked with little effort or time wasted, and at a low cost. Try it, I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Worked on my car where the sprinklers had hit repeatedly, my shower doors, they are crystal clear now. (07/07/2010)

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