Hard water can cause a development of calcium and magnesium deposits. This can affect everything from your machines and lines to your restroom shower tile and grout. Hard water leaves a covering of iron and calcium on your shower tiles. At first not apparent to the unaided eye, but when neglected over the long haul these stores will become layered, with unattractive earthy colored stains on your tile as well as grout.
Getting Rid of Hard Water Stains
Just like with any stain, regularly cleaning away the residue left behind by hard water on your tiles and grout can make a big difference. Over time the calcium and magnesium deposits from the hard water will accumulate into layers, making it even more challenging to remove stains.
One of the best ways to remove hard water stains from bathroom tiles is with white vinegar. Combine equal parts vinegar and water, storing the solution in a spray bottle for easy use. Frequently spray the concoction on your tiles and surrounding grout and allow it to sit overnight if possible. You can then use a sponge or brush to scrub the area and remove any stains. Vinegar also does a good job preventing any mold and mildew from growing on the tiles.
When scrubbing tiles and the surrounding grout, be careful not to use a brush with stiff bristles or an abrasive cleaning solution. These can damage the tile by scratching and scraping it. There are also a number of commercial products available that are designed for specifically removing hard water stains from tile and grout. Be careful as to which commercial products you use as some may cause permanent damage.
Preventing Hard Water Build-Up from Damaging Your Shower Tiles and Grout
For some parts of the country, hard water is simply a fact of life. There are water softener options available that can help to reduce the leftover minerals in the water. The most commonly used water softener comes in the form of salt pellets. When added to your water supply, this works by removing the calcium and magnesium ions and replacing them with sodium ions. There are also water filters that can purify your home’s water, removing the majority of the calcium and magnesium. Typically, homes do not implement these types of efforts unless the hardness level of the water is significant.
Dealing with hard water is a reality for many households and the effects can certainly be managed. As with most stains, it is easiest to clean tile and grout before stains are showing. By regularly cleaning the tiles, you will be able to prevent any permanent staining that can result from the build-up of film on the tiles and surrounding grout. Getting into a routine where you spray the tiles and grout with a vinegar and water solution or a commercial product after each shower can make a big difference.