Keeping your windows clean is crucial to maintaining their beauty and extending their lifespan. However, there are times when stains and streaks remain on surfaces even after cleaning them thoroughly. It could only mean one thing—the water used for the task has high mineral content. Local window replacement contractor Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod explains what causes hard water stains on windows and how you can get rid of them.
About Hard Water Stains
Hard water has a high concentration of minerals such as magnesium and calcium. After it has evaporated from the window or any flat surface, it will leave stains or spots. You won’t notice them at first, but they soon become a whitish glaze. If hard water is left exposed to the sun, it can be baked on the surface of your window, making them hard to remove.
How to Remove Hard Water Stains
Wiping your windows dry after cleaning them helps prevent hard water stains. However, if you notice a whitish buildup on the surfaces of your windows, consider following these instructions:
1. Create a cleaning solution by mixing vinegar and water.
2. Soak a towel in the solution and press it onto the windows’ rough spots.
3. Let it sit for a minute or two to allow the vinegar to soften the hardened mineral deposits.
4. Wipe and press the towel on the window until all the stains disappear.
5. Repeat steps two to four if necessary.
6. Use a dry rag to wipe your window clean.
Alternatively, you can soak your towel on a bit of white wine before rubbing it on the hard water stains. You save some time, however, if you have self-cleaning windows. They have an advanced glass coating that loosens particles such as dirt and hard water stains when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. This makes it easier for you to wipe them off.
Renewal by Andersen of Cape Cod is the leading window replacement contractor in the area. Give us a call at (508) 205-1200 to learn how you can better take care of your windows. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve homeowners in Cape Cod, MA, and the surrounding communities.