If you live in an area that is supplied with hard water, then you know that it may present some challenges, especially when you are cleaning. Hard water can leave some lime deposits on your sink and toilet bowl. This can be quite difficult to clean especially if the surface is constantly exposed to hard water. Unless you can find a different water source that has less minerals in it, the next best thing to do is to deal with the problem right away.
Here’s what you can do to remove hard water deposits off of your sinks and toilet bowls.
- Assess the situation. Check out what you need to clean. Is it the kitchen sink? Do you need to clear off the deposits on the bathroom sink? Is the toilet full of lime deposit? Determine the extent of the hard water deposit so you can assess how much cleaning products you’ll actually need and how much work you have to do.
- Gather your materials. You’ll need something abrasive to help those stubborn stains out. Get a wire scrub or a scouring pad. When working on the toilet, use a long handled toilet brush. You should also protect your hands with some rubber or latex gloves. Have some paper towels handy to wipe up any excess water when you rinse. For the cleaning agent, you can use distilled white vinegar, a citrus cleanser or even a carbonated drink.
- Use vinegar. Distilled white vinegar is not only great for marinades, it’s an excellent natural cleanser that is mild yet effective on most surfaces. Pour the vinegar directly on the stains and let it sit for a minimum of fifteen minutes or longer. If you’re using it for the toilet, turn off the main valve of the toilet then flush it. When the water tank is empty, pour the vinegar inside the tank and in the bowl and let it sit for a while.
- Use a citrus-based cleaner. If you prefer a commercial cleaner, head on out to the grocery or hardware store and purchase a bottle of citrus cleaner. Read the label to check if it is formulated for hard water. Spray a generous portion of the cleaner directly on the surface stains and let it sit before scrubbing it off.
- Use a cola drink as a cleanser. Don’t have vinegar or a commercial cleaner? Use cola! The phosphoric acid in the soda will do the trick. Pour it directly on the stains and leave on for an hour or so. Rinse it with water and scrub with a scouring pad to get the stains out. Be sure to rinse well or you may have sticky counters.
- Allow the product to absorb. Whatever product you decide to use, it’s important you give it some time to do its magic. Use the product full strength and leave it for up to an hour. If you scrub it off and there are still stains left behind, do a second round to ensure you get it all off.
- Give it some elbow grease. Use the scouring pad and scrub on the surface stains. You should see the stains dissolving and coming off as you rinse it.
With the right tools and a little patience, you can remove the hard water deposits. However, to make it easier for you the next time around, be sure to regularly clean the toilet and sink so you don’t have such a difficult hard water build up to deal with. The sooner you treat the problem, the easier it will be to clean.