Area Wide LIVE Hotline (210) 293-6700

How to Remove Hard Water Stains

April 13, 2023

Did you know that San Antonio is home to some of the hardest water in the nation? Hard water can cause problems around the house, leaving stains and buildup on your bathroom and kitchen appliances and slimy residue when combined with soaps and shower gels.

If you live in or around San Antonio, removing hard water stains from fixtures and surfaces can be a daily struggle, but it's possible to make it easier. In this article, we'll look at what causes hard water stains and how to remove them by:

  • Installing a whole-home water softener
  • Using natural cleaning solutions
  • Using chemical cleaning solutions

We’ll also discuss preventative measures such as scheduling a water heater flush, and installing water filters on showerheads and faucets.

Get rid of your hard water problems. Call Jon Wayne today!

At Jon Wayne Service Company, we offer whole-home water softener installation to solve your hard water problems throughout your home. Our systems offer many benefits, from preventing hard water stains to keeping your appliances running efficiently. Contact our team today to discover why we're a leading name in water softener systems.

Install a Whole-Home Water Softener

Installing a whole-home water softener is an excellent choice if you want a more permanent and highly effective solution to hard water stains. This chemical process softens your water, making it much more pleasant to use around the home. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, water softeners can improve the smell, look, and even taste of your water.

These systems swap out calcium and magnesium deposits for salt or potassium particles and fit into your main water supply. Once installed, your water softener will reduce the hardness of your water so that you have fewer stains, fewer appliances breaking down, and better water quality throughout your home. With all of these benefits and more, it's little wonder that more homeowners are arranging the installation of these effective systems.

Natural Cleaning Solutions For Hard Water Stains

Do you have stubborn and embarrassing hard water stains in your tub or bathroom sink? You may have stains in your toilet bowl that won't go away, no matter how hard you scrub. Before you rush to the store to purchase harsh chemical solutions, there are some natural solutions that are gentle yet effective.

White Vinegar and Baking Soda

It's amazing how many stain removers you can find in the pantry. A paste of white vinegar and baking soda can effectively remove hard water stains from glass, chrome, tile, and many other surfaces. Mix a little white vinegar into a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to make a thick paste. Spread over the affected surfaces and leave to activate for around 30 minutes. Use a clean and dry microfiber cloth to remove the residue.

Fluoride Toothpaste

You brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste to keep them clean and healthy, but did you know this bathroom staple can remove hard water stains, too? It's most effective on glass and small metal fixtures, such as faucets and plugholes, and works straight out of the tube! Apply for a few minutes, and then give your fixtures a little scrub with a spare toothbrush. Your fixtures should be sparkling in no time.

Chemical Cleaning Solutions For Hard Water Stains

For extra stubborn hard water stains, you might need to turn to a chemical cleaning solution designed to tackle these problems effectively. When soap meets hard water, it can create scum around your bath, shower, or sink. This looks unsightly and can build up over time to create an even more challenging stain. What you need is a soap and cleaning agent that is specially designed for hard water stains. These solutions remove the stain and wash away all residue. Calcium Lime Rust (CLR) cleaning solution is an effective product that can be picked up at all hardware stores.

Schedule a Water Heater Flush

Living in a hard water area like San Antonio, you’re likely familiar with the problems that hard water creates. Did you know you can take preemptive action by arranging regular water heater flushes? Over time, limescale can build up in your tank. Not only can this buildup make its way into your water supply, but it can also degrade the interior of your tank. Water heater flushing cleans the inside of your tank, removing buildup and leaving your water heater clean and more efficient. Regular water heater maintenance can prolong the life of your heater and keep your utility bills under control.

Install Water Filters On Showerheads and Faucets

Water filters on your faucets and showerheads can help to prevent that slimy feeling when hard water combines with soap and shampoo. These filters remove excess minerals and contaminants directly and can make for a more pleasant showering experience. They are easy to install and will instantly improve the quality and feel of your water. They will also help to prevent the stains caused by mineral build-up.

Get your new water softener installed in a day or less. Call Jon Wayne today!

At Jon Wayne Service Company, we provide free in-home consultations and estimates and get the job done right the first time every time. If you're worried about hard water, let our team take care of you. With our 100% satisfaction guarantee and thousands of 5-star reviews, it's no surprise why homeowners choose us for water softener installation.

Proudly serving the San Antonio & surrounding areas: