How to Prevent Bath Tub and Shower Stains

Hard water is water that contains large amounts of minerals, like calcium, magnesium and limestone. While it’s not unusual for residential homes to have hard water—and it is perfectly safe to use—this kind of water supply can negatively impact your house over time. The most worrisome problem associated with hard water is lime scale buildup. This type of buildup will eventually form inside your plumbing and create a roadblock for water flow. Then there’s mineral-enriched water, which leaves hard water stains on everything it touches. Dishes, toilets, sinks, showers, glass, tubs, clothes and more can spot and/or tarnish.

The best thing you can do to save your home from hard water stains is address them as soon as possible. Here’s how to get rid of and prevent hard water stains in showers and bath tubs in Glendale.

Watch for blemishes

Hard water stains may be found in many parts of the home, but mostly in the bathrooms. If you have hard water, look in your sinks, showers and bathtubs—especially porcelain, plastic and glass features—for a thin film of rough powder. This powdery substance is there because mineral-based water has a hard time dissolving soap. Hard water with high iron content can do a number on metal, leaving behind slime or rust, but the biggest problem is minerals clogging appliances and pipes and staining water fixtures.

Removing hard water stains

You can buy any number of hard water stain cleaners at the store, but there are many home remedies worth trying first. For starters, you might try spraying lemon juice on hard water stains in showers and tubs, then letting it stand a few minutes before wiping clean. Vinegar solutions and ammonia mixtures are other popular home cleaning products, but you’ll have to play around with the ratio to get it just right for your specific stains. Also, before applying any solution to your bathroom fixtures, look up how to dilute and use products safely.

Hire a pro to clean or make repairs

Do you know you have hard water and regularly keep up with shower and tub cleaning? Whether you can use some assistance, an extra pair of eyes or someone who knows the business of hard water stain removal, a maid service may be right for you. Alternatively, you might need a plumber to handle pipe issues, or a service to help repair porcelain or fiberglass showers and tubs damaged by hard water buildup.

Prevention tips

Ultimately, you want to take preventative measures to avoid lime scale buildup. Clean your showers and bath tubs in Glendale on a regular basis, preferably weekly, and spray the entire shower with a store-bought cleaner or homemade vinegar solution. Never use soap and water on lime scale buildup—it will only make things worse.

Whether you need tub repairs or recommendations for cleaners to use on your home fixtures, the team at A-1 Porcelain & Fiberglass Service L.L.C. can help. Call us today to learn more or schedule an appointment for service!