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Having a bright chrome faucet and a glass shower door on your bathroom gives it a comfy feel. If you can maintain their cleanliness, there’s no doubt that you’ll feel even more relaxed in using your bathroom.

However, maintaining this brand-new look isn’t an easy chore especially with the hard water stains ruining it. This is why you need to plan out a cleaning routine to ensure that these water stains won’t ruin your bathroom’s look. If left too long, these water stains can be difficult to remove and there are even instances that they can become a permanent nuisance. 

How To Remove Hard Water Stains on Tiles

The good news is that hard water stain removal can be easily done by using some common household products/ingredients. If you want to try it out yourself, here’s what you need:


Vinegar is a safe, all-natural household cleaner with the amazing ability to combat hard water stains. Pour some in a spray bottle and squirt any surface where you find hard water stains. Let it sit for five to 15 minutes to give the vinegar time to break down the minerals in the chalky, white stain.

If the vinegar starts to dry up, spray the surface with more to keep it damp. For large vertical areas like shower doors, you may want to drench paper towels in vinegar and paste them to the glass to keep the surface wet for the allotted time.

After soaking long enough, scrub the surface with an old toothbrush. Use a larger bristle brush when cleaning bigger areas.

You can use several different types of vinegar to remove hard water stains, including white vinegar and apple cider vinegar. Try using whatever you have on hand first. If it doesn’t do the trick, look for cleaning vinegar, which is more acidic for superior power against hard water stains.

Hydrogen Peroxide & Cream of Tartar

Ordinary hydrogen peroxide works wonders on stubborn soap scum and water stain combinations that accumulate on bathtubs and metal fixtures. For added cleaning power, make a paste using cream of tartar, a type of baking powder, and apply it to the stained area. Let it sit for up to 30 minutes, and then scrub with a damp sponge to reveal the results of your efforts. Source: Bob Hoegler Plumbing

Lemon Juice

Another natural remedy for hard water stains is lemon juice. Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the affected tiles and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, scrub the tiles with a soft-bristled brush and rinse with water. Lemon juice not only removes hard water stains but also leaves a fresh, citrusy scent. Source: Jenkins Restorations

Use a Bathroom Water Softener

Using a softener ensures that hard water doesn’t cause any more damage. The Bathroom water softener is easily attached to the source of water supply so that you get soft water for all your work. Household water softeners use an ion exchange process to replace excess calcium and magnesium with the ions of sodium or potassium to provide you with soft water for different uses. Depending on your need you can go for a whole-house water softener, which is installed before the overhead storage tank, or a point-of-use water softener. The water that you use in the bathroom will be free of hardness, thereby reducing stains from the tiles. Source: Kent Health Care Products

Hopefully, using these simple solutions can be an effective remedy for the hard water stains you have at home. If it ever becomes too stubborn to remove, just give us a call!