Water marks are caused when hard water – water that is high in minerals such as lime, calcium and silica – dries and leaves deposits on bathroom surfaces such as porcelain and glass. If you have a shower enclosure or shower screen, you’ll know the tell-tale signs of watermarks all too well: those droplet shaped marks that blight the glass and appear after every shower. It can be extremely difficult to get rid of watermarks from glass and without proper cleaning, they’ll return all too quickly.
There are several steps you can take to remove water marks and to prevent them from coming back. As always, we believe strongly in the cleaning power of white vinegar. It’s the best way we’ve found to remove watermarks and limescale from glass. We recommend having a bottle or two stored away for removing annoying problems like water marks and limescale. Make sure it’s white distilled vinegar as malt or cider vinegar won’t clean as thoroughly and coloured vinegars can stain your surfaces.
1. Buy a shower squeegee
These can be picked up from most supermarkets or hardware stores. You can even buy some that attach to the wall of your shower so that they’re always on hand. Every time you shower, scrape all the moisture off the glass of your enclosure or screen to stop the droplet shaped watermarks appearing in the first place.
2. Buy a water softener
This is a slightly more expensive method to look into only if you’re having regular serious issues with hard water. Hard water can cause damage to pipes, appliances and even your hair and skin so if you live in an area with chronic hard water, it’s worth investigating buying a machine that will soften the water as it enters your home.
- Mix equal parts water and white vinegar together
- Clean out a spray bottle thoroughly and add the mixture
- Spray the affected area with the mixture, making sure that it’s completely covered
- Use a cotton cloth to completely wipe the area. If any stubborn stains won’t come off, pour the mixture onto a cloth and scrub
- Squeegee the area and then buff with a microfibre cloth
- If water marks still show up or stubborn marks persist, then turn to a more aggressive specialist water stain remover
- Put on protective gloves, open all windows and doors and turn on the extractor fan (if you have one) before spraying
- Follow instructions on the bottle carefully and don’t leave on the surface longer than recommended
- Repeat steps 4 and 5
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