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post #21 of Old 05-17-2012, 08:48 AM
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Thanks for sharing a good tips. Well there are so many good cleaning products are available on the market which gives good results.
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nice tips
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post #24 of Old 10-07-2016, 07:02 PM
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I usually soak paper towels in vinegar and then stick them to the glass door overnight....then repeat as needed.
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post #25 of Old 10-20-2016, 09:25 AM
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I have found lysol toilet bowl cleaner & and razor blade to be effective. It has some kind of acid in it.
1. Wet the shower door
2. Clean well with regular shower cleaner - rinse
3. pour on a generous amount of regular blue and white bottle lysol toilet bowl cleaner.
4. Scrub on with a green scrubby pad. Rinse off any lysol you get on you...it will burn a little if not.
5. Let soak for a minute
6. Use sharp, new razor blade to scrap off the lysol and as much of the hard water stains as possible.
7. Repeat if you want. I never do it more than once. I figure if that didn't do the trick then doing it again might etch the glass.

I learned this from a client when I used to clean windows for a living.
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Ohh, hard water stains! One of the toughest challenges in the biz. Thanks for the Cerum Oxide recommendation! I'll have to check that out.

What have we had success with:
We use white distilled vinegar. I buy it by the gallon over at Costco. We soak microfiber rags in the stuff...i mean soaked! And then we wrap faucets and knobs with the rags. Let it sit for at least 30 mins. We will usually do this upon entering the home. Once it's soaked for 30-45 mins, hit it with a scrubbing pad, and most stains are removed. This little trick has worked wonders!

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Cerium Oxide is a good tip. tried and it worked.
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Spray Benaz to the glass doors. Benaz is a quality cleaner, removing all the hard dots, etching and soap scum. Then, seal the doors with Valore, preventing future staining and etching.
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Hard water stains; a major eyesore on glass.They can also be a pain in the butt to remove sometimes. For mild cases I recommend using simply vinegar,pure lemon juice and baking soda.

1. spray lemon juice directly onto stains and let set for couple minutes

2. mix vinegar and lemon juice in equal parts then add the baking soda to your solution until you get a consistency similar to that of soft scrub.

3.Using a scouring pad apply your mixture to the surface with small circular motions.For the corners you could use a toothbrush. you may hear a light fizzing sound,that would be the baking soda reacting with the liquids.When done rinse and smile.
Prevent new stains by spraying a solution of vinegar and water onto your shower doors frequently.


For tougher stains the most effective approach is the use of Cerium Oxide. You will also need a scrubber pad rated for glass and a spray bottle with water. This method is a bit more tedious by hand but the use of a buffing machine is recommended for pros only.

1. Mix your cerium oxide powder with water until you get a paste like result.(not too thick ,not too runny)

2.Apply to stains with scrubber pad and work in small circular motions. (work only sections at a time)Use the spray bottle to apply water occasionally and to keep paste from drying out. When you are satisfied with results wipe off and rinse section.Repeat procedure on new section of glass until entirely done. Prevent new stains by frequently washing with a solution of vinegar and water.

Awesome tips! Just might have to steal this one!
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This is what I use

CRL "Sparkle" Cleaner and Stain Remover, 8 fl. oz. - Pack of 3 Bottles
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Barkeeper's friend works very well for this.
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Lemon juice and vinegar are basically two slightly different types of acids.Hard water stains are caused by calcium deposits which are suspended in the water along with other alkaline based minerals. The point of mixing the two is to ensure your PH level is adequate enough to counteract and break down the alkaline based stains.

Cerium oxide is actually a glass polish. It can and does remove etched in stains,by literally grinding down the surface of the glass very slightly,leaving you with a like new surface. In my 16 years of doing this, I have made many of my clients very happy with the results obtained by this method.

As far as making a mint,the only mint I've come across is in my chewing gum.Don't do it for just the money.
Good post! Informative
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How to remove hard water stains from glass shower doors

You may find several commercial cleaning products in the market that claims to remove hard water stains, but I recommend home based formula i.e. “the paste formula”. Toothpaste is one of the best formulas to remove hard water stains from glass shower doors. For using toothpaste, apply some regular toothpaste to moist towel and rub it over the stain in a circular motion. Then after waiting for a few minutes and then rinse off the paste with equal parts of water and vinegar to remove all residue.

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Lemon juice and vinegar are basically two slightly different types of acids.Hard water stains are caused by calcium deposits which are suspended in the water along with other alkaline based minerals. The point of mixing the two is to ensure your PH level is adequate enough to counteract and break down the alkaline based stains.

Cerium oxide is actually a glass polish. It can and does remove etched in stains,by literally grinding down the surface of the glass very slightly,leaving you with a like new surface. In my 16 years of doing this, I have made many of my clients very happy with the results obtained by this method.

As far as making a mint,the only mint I've come across is in my chewing gum.Don't do it for just the money.
Hmmmmmm *chews nervously
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Thanks for the welcome and the idea. All tips for cleaning hard water stains are very effective and helpfully. I would suggest that the marks may not be hard water dumps but etching of the glass, which cannot be removed. Although, baking soda and lemon are good to use as well. You can try vinegar for it. If the vinegar doesn't do the job, you can move to something like Lime-Away, but if you hire professional cleaner, I can say you will get optimal output. Hope it works for you!

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Thanks for the tips OP, I've not tried Cerium Oxide before so I shall try that. It is useful for other types of limescale?
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Where can I buy Cerium Oxide?
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It has some kind of acid in it.
Hydrochloric acid
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I think the original poster had the best idea. Vinegar, baking soda, and then perhaps cerium oxide. I have tried nearly every product out there that claims to remove hard water stains from glass. NONE of them worked. What I have been doing, because it saves precious time, is with homes I clean regularly, I first spray the glass with a good all purpose cleaner. Using a dry washcloth, I scrub that off, then spray Cinch glass cleaner on it. (Windex with vinegar would work too). It usually takes about 4 cleanings to see real results. Think of iot this way: its great exercise for your arms!!!

If someone approached me about getting rid of it quicker, I think I would go the vinegar, backing soda, etc. method.

Thanks for all the ideas.
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