Sprinkler Causing Hard Water Stains On Your Windows? Some Tips To Get The Stains Off
Using a sprinkler can keep your lawn and flowers beautiful through the hot, dry summer months, and save you a lot of time from having to do the watering on your own. If you have hard water, sprinklers can also cause hard water stains to form on windows if the water splashes on them throughout the day. If your windows are like this, keep reading for some solutions to get the stains off.
Use a Vinegar Solution
The acidity in vinegar will soften the hard water spots to allow you to clean them off easier. Mix together two parts plain distilled white vinegar and two parts water into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the water spots making sure you fully saturate the stains. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and see if the hard water stains have softened. If not, reapply the solution again. You may have to do this a few times, depending on how bad your stains are. Once the spots are softened, use a soft towel to gently scrub them off your windows.
Lemons are also acidic and can work well for this purpose. Because fresh lemons are pure, they work better than lemon juice you purchase from the store. First, roll the lemon on your countertop with your hands to loosen the juice.
Fill a spray bottle with half water. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze each half into a bowl. Pour the juice into the spray bottle until the bottle is full. Spray the lemon juice mixture on the windows to soften the stains to allow you to remove them. If you have stains that do not want to soften, cut another lemon in half and wipe it over the glass using pressure.
Use a Vinegar and Baking Soda Paste
Mix together two parts vinegar and two parts baking soda until you have a paste. You may need to adjust the amounts to make the paste the right consistency. Baking soda has mild abrasive properties that will allow you to scrub the stains. Wipe the baking soda paste over the stains and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Use a towel to remove the hard water spots. If the stains are not coming off, reapply some more baking soda paste and try again.
If you are still having problems removing the hard water stains, or if there are too many stains on your windows to remove, contact a glass company to replace the glass for you. This would also be a good time to install new windows, if your current windows are old. Make sure you adjust your sprinkler so it does not spray against the windows. If you cannot, wipe the windows down every few days so hard water spots do not build up again. Look at this site for more information about window repair.