How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Glass Surfaces Like a Pro

Glass surfaces can look unsightly if not maintained properly, and hard water stains can make them look unclean. Here’s what you need to do to clean them.


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Hard water contains calcium and magnesium. These minerals make your glass surfaces look cloudy and old. Removing hard water stains is not as challenging as is commonly believed. You can use a commercially available stain remover or restore their shine and brightness using the cleaning tips given here. 

Ingredients to Keep Handy:

a) Dishwashing liquid

b) Soft sponge

c) Cold water

d) Newspapers

e) Cleaning cloth

f) White vinegar

g) Baking soda

h) Hot water

i) Lemon juice

j) Spray bottle

k) Lint-free towel


How to Clean Using Dishwashing Liquid or Glass Cleaner

  1. Step 1: Wash Your Glass Surface

    Wash your glass surfaces with a dishwashing liquid. You can also use a glass cleaner. Wipe glass surfaces like the dining table and the centre table using a glass cleaner such as Cif Glass Cleaner. It is easily available in the market. Always read pack for usage instructions and test on a small part before use.

  2. Step 2: Scrub Your Glass Surface

    Use a soft sponge to scrub the glass and rinse with cold water.

  3. Step 3: Pat Dry

    Dry using a clean towel.

How to Clean Using Newspaper

  1. Step 1: Use Dry Newspapers

    The black and white print on old newspapers can clear the minerals from your glass surfaces, making it easier to scrub them away. You can use dry newspapers to absorb the minerals from the glass, or soak the newspaper in cold water and wipe with it. 

  2. Step 2: Wipe with Damp Cloth

    Wipe the surface thoroughly with damp cloth to get rid of residue.

  3. Step 3: Allow Air-Drying

    Once the area is cleaned, allow air-drying.

How to Clean Using White Vinegar

  1. Step 1: Make a Cleaning Paste

    Make a paste using white vinegar and baking soda.

  2. Step 2: Apply the Paste

    Apply this paste on the stained areas of your glass surfaces and let it rest for 15 minutes. Scrub off the paste using water.

  3. Step 3: Clean Stubborn Stains

    If the stains are too challenging to remove, prepare a solution by mixing white vinegar with hot water. Soak the stain-affected area of the glass in the solution and wash it off.

How to Clean Using Lemon Juice

  1. Step 1: Make a Cleaning Solution

    Mix white vinegar with lemon juice in equal parts.

  2. Step 2: Apply on the Stained Surfaces

    Pour the solution in an empty spray bottle and spray it on the stained areas of your glass surfaces. Let the solution rest on the stains for 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3: Wipe Using a Damp Cloth

    Wipe it off using a damp cloth. 

Use lint-free towels to dry your glass surfaces to avoid water marks. And try to treat stains as soon as you spot them to prevent build-up.

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