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post #41 of Old 08-15-2017, 10:36 AM
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Thanks for sharing, these are some very valuable tips, and using natural ingredients has always been one of my top personal goals. Lemons make one of the best cleaners I've ever used, because they can deal with all kinds of grease and dirt, and they smell very nice.
What I found most useful for cleaning hard water stains from shower doors, is toothpaste. It may seem simple, but toothpaste contains all the needed ingredients to remove all that high mineral content.

First you'll have to mix the toothpaste with some water, so it can be easier to apply it, and you won't need so much toothpaste for the stain. Then apply the toothpaste on the window glass, and wait for a while for it to work. Then scrub off the stain and wash off the toothpaste with some water. In the end, you can clean the window with some usual glass cleaner, and wipe it thoroughly. Make sure the surface is completely dry in the end, because otherwise more hard water stains will form.


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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.
very interesting
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Thanks for the nice 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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post #44 of Old 08-30-2017, 01:59 PM
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Great tips!. Thanks for sharing
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Great advises. As far as your question is concerned, I can say you can try vinegar for it. If the vinegar doesn't do the job, you can switch to something like Lime-Away. There are many options for cleaning it, but there are chances of damage, it is advisable for this work one should hire commercial cleaner, as professional cleaners quickly assess your needs and will deliver the work within the given time frame and on a reasonable rate.Keep sharing.

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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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post #49 of Old 09-27-2017, 08:30 AM
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What are the main, active ingredients in it?
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post #50 of Old 09-30-2017, 12:42 PM
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Oh man I've been staring at shower glass stain at home for weeks. Gonna give this a whirl
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post #51 of Old 09-30-2017, 06:39 PM
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LOL! Good luck and let us know how you make out. Dont believe all the claims of "perfect products." It just isnt so.
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post #52 of Old 05-10-2018, 02:24 PM
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I am still having problems cleaning glass shower doors that have whitish stains all over them. One client is annoyed that I have not been able to remove it, especially at the BOTTOM of the shower doors. (Mind you - he only pays me for 3 hours yet he drops his trash anywhere he wishes so I always end up spending a ton of time picking up trash in order to clean! LOL! He has three cats as well, so I also spend a lot of time dealing with kitty fur and kitty litter. If you saw this guy's house you would be alarmed - and probably amazed that I even bother to TRY to clean it! The first time I saw his home, I asked him if he was bothered by the film on the shower doors. He said no. He said I should focus my time on the floors and bathrooms, and that is precisely what I have been doing.)

Anyway - driving home later that day, it hit me: Would a Magic Eraser help this white film I see on glass shower doors??? Has anyone tried that and if so, how did it go??? Any other new dieas ouot there would be greatly appreciated.
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Yes, a magic eraser might work... we sometimes have had success with them. Frankly, hardwater stains are the worst! And it's one of those issues where what might work there won't work here... so frustrating. Also it comes back so quickly that if the customer won't take any responsibility for maintenance between cleanings you are back to square one on your next visit. I've also had a bit of luck with A-1 Titan hardwater stain remover... it's labor intensive but works well. And as a very last resort (because it's nasty stuff) you might have success with using oven cleaner.. yuck, I know, but it can work. Rather silly of your client to expect you to be able to make glass doors look like they were just installed... way too high expectations IMO. I think this would be the # issue that may make us worth our weight in gold if we could make those nasty doors look brand new every time 🙂
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post #54 of Old 05-11-2018, 08:26 AM
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I asked this on another thread bvut will here also.

Has anyone used Magic Erasers to remove water film marks on glass shower doors??? Did it help?
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Arrrrgh! I just posted a question and the site erased it.

I asked this on another thread but will post it here, too.

Has anyone used a Magic Eraser on calcium stains on shower doors? Did it help???
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LOL! It was just slow in posting it.Sorry!
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Has anyone tried Magic Erasers for this problem? Did it help or not worth the time and expense??? Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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No one has answered my question - so I spent some time researching this online and some sources had some weird ideas, like using sandpaper! NOT! Most suggested vinegar, so this is what I tried. I made a 50/50 mix of water and ordinary white vinegar. I sprayed it on the glass shower doors and let it sit about 10 minutes while I cleaned other parts of the bathroom. Then I used a heavy duty magic eraser and scrubbed like heck. MOST of the white stains came off but not all. The Magic eraser helps, but so does asn ordinary dish scrubber made of plastic. Next time I clean this sort of door, I am going to try using a long handled scrub brush because the lower parts of the doors always are the worst and hardest to remove.
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I responded to your question 4 posts above this. Actually, magic erasers are more or less super fine sandpaper (why they definitely should not be used on some surfaces) - fine steel wool #0000 can be used to remove scaling... also a razor blade can also be used to removed difficult scum... use with care. If you decide to start this process with either of above be prepared to finish it... end results will not look good if not 100% complete- so it's not the easiest way to go but can get job done if you allot the time.
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I wont use this until I know what it contains. Just because it works for you, doesnt mean it will work on the hard water stains where I am. And I would be suspect of the contents.

I have recently started using a concentrated solution of white vinegar and lemon juice. Acids, duh! I spray it ono and wait about 15 minutes, then use a Magic Eraser plus a non-abrasive dish scrubber to remove the stains. After that I apply a normal glass cleaner and shine away. This seems to work but it IS labor intensive!
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