Impact of Hard Water on Windows and Tips to Overcome It

Water is categorized into soft and hard, where soft water is advised by experts to use for different purposes. But, the same is not applicable for hard water. Why?

It’s because the amount of minerals (calcium and magnesium) is higher in hard water as compared to soft water. And these minerals are not safe to consume or use in any way.

Hard water causes a lot of problems like white spots on the dishes after washing, damage to clothes, and scale development in the kitchen pipes and appliances. Other than these problems, the minerals present in the hard water prevent soap from forming leather.

These are the common signs or problems of using hard water. The major impact falls on the windows. According to experts, nothing is as tough as hard water on the windows.

Impact of hard water on windows

 If hard water is used for cleaning windows, it leaves them filthy-looking. The stains on the windows due to mineral contents spoil the look, reduce the amount of natural light, and impact visibility.

There is an everlasting invisible reaction that occurs between window film and pollution. When these two react, it leads to oxidation. And when oxidation happens, the stains formed by hard water become strong and no longer get cleaned using normal cleaning techniques.  

Tips to clean the stains of hard water on the windows

The stains are hard and require strong chemicals like ammonia for cleaning, so you should hire professional for window cleaning services. They will eliminate the residue and smooth the glass, making it harder for pollutants to stick to the surface. You will be safe and not suffer from any poor consequences of harsh chemicals.

If you are planning for DIY window cleaning services, you should follow the tips and tricks discussed below.

Rubbing Alcohol– For cleaning windows with hard water stains, you cannot use normal drinking alcohol. You will find rubbing alcohol in the market which is particularly used for cleaning. You should mix water with rubbing alcohol and wipe the window using the mixture.

Toothpaste– You can use any general toothpaste for cleaning. You should mix toothpaste and water and apply the mixture to the stain using a non-abrasive pad. After applying, you should rinse the glass and remove excess water using a squeegee.

Ammonia– You should mix water and ammonia, soak a towel into it and apply the same on stains for removing. Ammonia is the strongest chemical used for cleaning stains from hard water on the windows. It causes eye and skin irritation. So you should wear protective clothing like rubber gloves and goggles to prevent injuries.

Vinegar– You can easily find a bottle of vinegar in the kitchen. You just have to soak the towel into vinegar or spray into n glass and start erasing the spots. You should wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the vinegar’s acidity.

Other than these tips and tricks, the permanent solution to prevent hard water stains on windows is to install a water softener. The excess mineral contents will be removed from the water before using and there will be no risk of stains.