Simple Ways to Remove Water Stains From Wood Furniture and Other Surfaces
Many homes in the U.S. rely on hard water. Even though hard water isn’t harmful, there are many surfaces in your home that can be impacted by water stains. You may have noticed chalky spots on your faucets, mirrors, or wood furniture. Fortunately, you don’t need to replace your teak coffee table because of the water rings. Here’s how to remove water stains from different surfaces in your home.
What Is Hard Water? Why Does It Stain Surfaces?
Hard water is water that contains high mineral content like magnesium. This “hardness” occurs when groundwater and rain go through the soil and dissolve specific minerals. So, how does the water end up leaving stains on surfaces?
Whenever you use water, there are always tiny water droplets left behind. Once this water evaporates, it leaves mineral deposits on surfaces, hence the whitish spots.
Removing Water Stains From Various Surfaces
Here are the cleaning supplies required to remove hard water stains from your home.
Distilled white vinegar
Toilet and bath cleaning stone
Kitchens and bathrooms cleaner
How to remove water stains from glass items
Here are some practical steps to remove water stains from your bowls and glasses.
Heat a cup of distilled white vinegar in the microwave, then transfer into a wide basin
Immerse the dishes in the basin and soak for ten minutes while turning them so that each side has contact with the solution
Take out the glass items and sprinkle baking soda
Gently rub the baking soda to remove water stains
Rinse the glass items and buff dry using a clean cloth
How to eliminate water stains from shower walls
Take a spray bottle and add equal parts vinegar and water. Spritz on walls and the bathtub and leave the solution on for fifteen minutes—dry using a clean microfiber cloth. Consider using a toilet and bathroom cleaner for stubborn water stains.
How to get rid of water stains on showerheads
Hard water often causes mineral build-up on the nozzle and inside the showerhead components. Take a toothbrush and spray vinegar on it before scrubbing your showerhead. Wipe it, then turn on your shower to check whether the stream is back to normal and there are no water stains left. Repeat the steps for stubborn stains.
While you can choose to soak the showerhead in a vinegar solution overnight, we recommend checking with your regular cleaning professionals to avoid ruining the finishes.
How to eliminate water stains on sinks
By now, it’s apparent that vinegar is a fantastic stain removal product.
Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a bowl
Soak a clean cloth into this solution before wrapping the sink fixtures
Leave on for ten minutes
Rinse fixtures and wipe them down
How to get rid of water stains on the toilet
Pour vinegar all around the toilet bowl and spread it using a toilet brush
Sprinkle baking soda and add more vinegar
Leave on for thirty minutes
Gently scrub and flush
Check for stubborn stains
Wet the toilet cleaning stone and scrub the bowl to remove stubborn water stains
Flush and Voilà! No more water stains.
How to remove water stains from wood
If you and other family members have been skimping on coasters, chances are you’ve noticed stains on your wood furniture. These spots are known as water rings. The water stains are only on the surface if you see white rings. Otherwise, dark water rings mean that the damage is more severe and would require refinishing the wood.
The oil ingredient in mayonnaise helps eliminate the chalky water stain on wood furniture. Take a paper towel and pour a spoonful of mayonnaise on it before covering the water-spotted area. Leave the mayonnaise overnight, then wipe down with a clean cloth.
2. Vinegar and olive oil
These two ingredients make a fantastic spot remover. Mix 50/50 olive oil and vinegar. Dab the mixture using a cloth. The vinegar will remove the water ring, while the olive oil will restore the wood’s luster.
3. Use a Hairdryer
The hairdryer method works sorely on freshwater stains. Place the device on the highest setting and aim it towards the water-stained area. Blow the area until the white ring disappears, then dab some olive oil to polish the area.
4. Petroleum jelly
Petroleum jelly works by displacing the water ring. Dab a small amount using a paper towel and leave overnight. Repeat the process for stubborn stains or try any recommended options mentioned above.
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