If you live in an area with hard water, then you likely witness chalky residue on your glassware, silverware, and plumbing fixtures. These stains are actually buildup of mineral deposits. Though relatively harmless for the most part, the mineral deposit stains can be unsightly and unappetizing at best. Luckily, there are several methods to get rid of these disturbing stains. The folks at Mr. Rooter Plumbing have put together this article to help you remove these tough stains. If you would like to hire a talented plumber that can get at the root cause of the issue, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing and speak with a live representative now.
Avoid Harsh Chemical Cleaners
There are plenty of chemical cleaners that are marketed for their “quick results” and “easy use.” However, harsh chemical cleaners can damage your plumbing pipes over time and are harmful or even fatal if accidentally consumed. We recommend natural methods instead.
Environmentally Friendly Products
If you enjoy ease-of-use, then consider some environmentally friendly products such as Shaw’s pads or pumice sticks. These simple and effective options are chemical-free and usually safe for all septic systems. They often come with short handles to make the job less messy. Simply wet the pad or bar and rub them on the stain. When finished scrubbing, simply rinse off the surface or flush the toilet to enjoy your clean surface.
Vinegar or Lemon Juice
Naturally acidic solutions such as vinegar and lemon juice are awesome in eliminating a number of stains, including rust and mineral deposit stains. Pour or spray some full-strength white vinegar or lemon juice directly on the stained area and keep the area wet until the stain starts to dissolve. After about an hour or two, you can wipe away and go on with your day!
Baking Soda and Water
Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, mixed with some warm water creates an amazing cleaning paste that you can rub over extremely tough stains. Let the paste soak in for about ten full minutes before wiping away with a soft sponge or cloth.
Consider a Water Filtration System
If you have hard water, then why not “soften” it? Hard water is that with a high mineral composition. Water filtration systems such as water softeners use a variety of mechanisms to remove excess minerals from the water directly. They can be installed at the water supply’s point of entry, and they can also be installed at specific points in your plumbing system such as faucets and under sinks.
Because water softeners discharge brine in large amounts, it can be problematic for properties with a septic system installation. Be sure to tell your plumber about your septic system installation if you have one so that they can adjust the filtration system accordingly.
Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing
If you would like to consider a water softener installation or if you need a repair, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to speak with a live representative. We can schedule a flexible appointment or arrange an emergency dispatch today.