You can thank hard water for those membranous spots that appear on your windows and glass shower doors. Not only are unsightly cloudy spots, but they can be difficult to remove because they often do not respond to traditional glass cleaning products.
But first remove the water points, the better. Since stains are usually caused by mineral deposits, you can actually burn glass if left for a long time. Follow these steps to restore your sparkling glass again.
- Mix two pieces of vinegar to one part of water in a plastic bucket. For a large surface such as a shower door, you will probably need to use at least 1 gallon of vinegar and 1/2 gallon of water.
- Clean the surface to be treated with a soft damp cloth. Pour the vinegar mixture into a clean plastic spray bottle. Put on plastic goggles and rubber gloves to protect eyes and hands.
- Spray the stained area. Do not clean Repeat several times so that the glass is soaked for at least 30 minutes. Keep in mind that if you are cleaning the auto glass, you should immediately instead clean the vinegar or you could remove the wax finish.
- Use a towel if you find the method of the bottle produces too much over-spray. Soak a soft towel in the vinegar and water mixture. Rub the towel on the surface, squeezing as you go. Then place the towel on as much of the glass as possible and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
- Wipe the glass vigorously with a non-abrasive scouring pad or sponge. Difficult stains may require the application of full force vinegar.
- Try a low polish abrasive cup for particularly serious places that do not respond to vinegar. These products are usually sold for car windows and can be found in the automotive section of stores. Because Polish compounds are more abrasive than vinegar, start with a pea-sized amount to see how your glass will react. The amount of test is applied to a small area of glass with a soft cloth and rub gently. If there is no damage, proceed to polish the entire surface.
Tips and warnings
- Keep your glass cleaning it regularly with the vinegar and water mixture in step 1. This will prevent future water spots from becoming severe or permanent.
- Read the product instructions before using it. If you are going to use multiple products in a time frame, make sure they are not hazardously interacting with one another.