Deposits of hard water are formed by minerals contained in the water which accumulate gradually on plumbing fixtures.
Not only do deposits of hard water look terrible, they can also hinder the operation of your fixtures.
In order to keep fixtures and faucets looking good and working properly, it is recommended to carry out regular cleaning of hard water deposits.
This can easily be done using white vinegar (and sometimes vigorous scrubbing), so you need not buy any special cleaning products.
Removing Deposits of Hard Water from Faucets
Deposits of hard water can easily be accumulated anywhere that tends to collect water, including bathroom and kitchen faucets.
This can cause a rather new faucet to appear old and grimy because the buildup isn't removed by daily cleaning.
Before scrubbing, you can loosen the buildup and hard water film using vinegar.
Cover a clean rag soaked in vinegar over the faucet, and ensure it comes in direct contact with all the deposits of hard water.
Allow the rag to sit for at least half an hour; better still an hour.
Remove the rag and scrub the faucet using a non-scratch sponge, with focus on the most accumulated areas.
Repeat these steps as required to remove all the deposits of hard water.
Note: Using only plenty of water together with a non-scratch pad or sponge will help prevent scratches on the faucet's finish. Without water, a non-scratch sponge can also scratch the finish.
Removing Scale from Aerators of Faucets
Though you may not see the deposits of hard water in aerators of faucets, they can significantly affect water flow.
If you notice changes in the flow of your water, or lowered water pressure or an inconsistent spray, then the aerator is likely clogged.
- Carefully remove the aerator using pliers to avoid denting or scratching it.
- Dismantle the aerator, with careful attention to the arrangement of the parts.
- Soak the parts of the aerator in vinegar for a half hour at least, or overnight.
- Remove any leftover debris from the screen of the aerator using an old toothbrush or small scrub brush.
- Use water to thoroughly rinse all the parts of the aerator.
- In the same arrangement order, put all the parts of the aerator back together.
- Have the aerator screwed back to the faucet and carry out a test on the water flow.
Cleaning Sinks, Toilets, Showers, and Tubs
Similar techniques are used to remove deposits of hard water from a porcelain sink, a toilet, a ceramic shower tile, or enameled tub, despite their material all being different.
Despite being very tough, they can all be scratched by the use of metal tools or forcefully harsh scrubbers.
To remove deposits of hard water from these kinds of surfaces, use vinegar or a mix of Borax and vinegar, then scrub using the appropriate scrub brush, pad or sponge to avoid scratching the finish.
Alternatively, ultra-fine sandpaper or fine steel wool will work on most tile, toilets, and enameled tubs.
Preventing Deposits of Hard Water
If you cannot keep dealing with hard water deposits and its related problems, then consider a water softer installation that will treat the water supply of your home.