How to Clean Limescale from Window Glass?
- Published: Jun 12/2019
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Limescale can appear on any kind of surface, provided it has been in contact with hard water. Depending on how long the stains remain, they can become etched into your window panes, your sink taps or even on the inside your kettle. Removing them requires some physical effort, but don’t worry, we’ll show you how to remove limescale from glass and prevent it from appearing again.
Hard water has higher concentrations of dissolved mineral salts such as calcium and magnesium. When hard water evaporates, the foggy, off-white chalky residue left on the window panes and shower glass is limescale. If the calcium deposits are not regularly cleaned, they build-up and can eventually become etched in the glass. Permanent limescale marks are almost impossible to wash. Learning how to properly care for your windows is important, because these tips are also helpful in preventing future limescale from forming.
There are various commercial and homemade cleaners available. The Fantastic Team will share some of its eco-friendly methods, so you don’t have to expose yourself to harsh and toxic solvents.
Since hard water mineral deposits are alkaline, the best way to get rid of limescale is to use acid-based detergents. Thus, many natural limescale removers and homemade window cleaner recipes use lemon juice and vinegar. The ratio between the acid components and the rest of the ingredients in the mixture depend on the amount of residue on the glass panes.
Commercial detergents are also a good way to clean limescale. However, since they are very acidic and toxic, store-bought solutions require wearing gloves and a protective mask because they can hurt your skin or damage your nose and eyes. Moreover, if those solvents are used on any surface that gets in contact with food, they may incur additional damage to your body.
If you still prefer to use a commercial cleaner, make sure you wear protective gear and try a small amount on an inconspicuous area first.
There are a few ways you can prevent hard water stains from forming. The three most common and cost-effective methods are:
Descaling window panes is time-consuming and requires a lot of elbow grease. If you don’t have the time to spare or you think the task is too cumbersome to complete, Fantastic Services offers professional window cleaning services. The experts are fully-trained and use only natural and eco-friendly cleaning methods. They will ensure your windows return their initial shine, while not exposing you or your family to any harsh and harmful solutions.
We hope you found this guide on how to clean limescale from glass and windows helpful. Share your experience in cleaning hard water stains or ask your questions in the comment section below!
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