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How to Remove Hard Water Stains from the Bathroom

There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing your bathroom riddled with hard water and limescale stains. Discover how to remove those with this essential guide!


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Written by Eunice Samson

Faucet covered in limescale

Most households in the Philippines rely on a supply of hard water for their homes, which can result in unwanted limescale and mineral deposit buildup in your bathroom. This makes the bathroom look old and dirty. When hard water dries, it leaves behind mineral deposits that make it look like your surfaces have been stained. To stop these mineral stains from building up in your bathroom, clean up any wet patches after use – it’ll prevent the need for a deeper clean in future.

How to remove hard water stains and limescale in the bathroom The brown or white scum you typically see in the bathroom shower, toilet, and floor comes from a build-up of minerals such as lime, calcium or silica. However, with a little bit of effort and some nifty cleaning solutions, you can kiss those hard water streaks and stains goodbye!

On glass shower doors

Cleaning your shower glass and getting rid of its hard water stains is pretty straightforward once you have the right tools. Here are some you can use:

  • Try an all-purpose cream cleaner, such as Cif Antibacterial Cream Cleanser, and work into the stain with a microfiber cloth. Once all traces of the stain have been removed, rinse down with clean water, and then wipe up any remaining water with a dry cloth. Always refer to the instructions when using a new cleaning product.

  • For an all-natural solution to cleaning hard water stains in your shower, mix together equal parts white vinegar and water. Using a spray bottle, squirt directly onto the stain, and then wipe down with a lint-free cloth until the scale deposits have been removed. To tackle on-going hard water stains in your bathroom, keep the vinegar solution handy and spray it around the shower after every use.

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On Bathroom Tiles

While you can remove limescale from the surface of bathroom tiles in much the same way as shower doors, tile grout can be a lot trickier to clean. Limescale and mineral deposits can become embedded into porous grout to make it look gray, tired, and dirty. The good news is that you can restore graying grout to its former glory with these handy tips!

  • Remove any ground-in dirt using a strong limescale remover like Domex Stain and Limescale Cleaner. Apply directly on the tile, leave for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse. Tip: Best to refer to the instructions at the back of the bottle when using limescale removers as each brand works differently. You can also opt to make a DIY solution using white vinegar and water! Mix, then spray on tiles. Baking soda can also brighten up tile grout.

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It's really important to remove limescale as soon as possible so you can keep your bathroom shiny and looking new. Weekly cleaning and wiping down should help!

Frequently asked questions on removing hard water stains

How do you remove hard water stains from a mirror?

The steps for how to remove hard water stains from mirror surfaces are simple enough once you know how. First, mix equal parts water and white vinegar. Soak a soft, microfibre cloth in this mixture and use it to wipe down the surface of the mirror.

How do you remove salt deposits from bathroom tiles?

If you want to know how to remove salt deposits from bathroom tiles, the steps are similar to those required to remove hard water stains from a mirror. First, mix a 50:50 mix of warm water and white vinegar. Place this mix into a spray bottle and spray it on the tile surface. Use a sponge or soft brush like a toothbrush to scrub away the stain.

What exactly are hard water stains?

Hard water stains are known by a number of different names, such as limescale and mineral build-up. The white, chalky substance that you see is caused as a result of the excess minerals present in hard water building up over time and depositing on areas such as around your sink and bath.

What can I do about white stains on black bathroom tiles?

If you have white stains on black bathroom tiles, they are easy enough to fix. Dip a sponge into vinegar or liquid laundry detergent and rub the white stains. Allow this to sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse the area with clean, fresh water. If this doesn’t work, you could try trisodium phosphate as an alternative stain remover for your black tiles.

How do you get rid of hard water stains in bathtub?

The easiest way to learn how to get rid of hard water stains in a bathtub is to use a 50:50 vinegar and water solution. Place it into a spray bottle and spray liberally over your bathtub stains. Leave the solution to work for around 15 minutes, before ‘rinsing’ with a clean, damp, microfiber cloth.

How to remove hard water stains from ceramic tiles?

If you want to know how to remove hard water stains from a ceramic tile, we’ve got you covered. Mix white wine vinegar with baking soda and use a clean, soft brush to rub the paste over the stain. This should help to lift the stain from your tiles. After scrubbing the stain, use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe them clean. Whilst ceramic tiles can be treated just the same as any other tiles, you should always take care with cleaning porous tiles as these are more fragile than other tile types.

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