How to Get Rid of Mineral Deposits on Your Showers, Sinks, and Bathtubs
The water that flows into your home may contain minerals that are harmless to drink, but still cause problems for your appliances and household plumbing. Hard water issues eventually lead to the following:
- Clogged drains
- Water pressure issues
- Lead to pipe corrosion
The best way to know if these substances are in your water is to have your water tested. However, even without testing, there are obvious signs left behind on your showerheads, faucets, and sinks that let you know hard water is an issue in your home.
These are called mineral deposits, and they show up on your fixtures in the form of ugly stains that make your fixtures appear dirty. Although the stains are relatively harmless, they’re unsightly and most people want to get rid of them. In this post, we’ll tell you how.
Top Tips for Removing Mineral Deposits
There are numerous products on the market designed to get rid of mineral deposits. However, many of these products contain chemicals that can be harmful to your fixtures and not safe to breathe. That’s why we recommend a more natural approach to cleaning away mineral deposit stains. The good news is that you probably already have the secret ingredient you need in your pantry.
Vinegar is a great natural cleaning solution for mineral deposit stains. It’s highly acidic nature combats the alkaline mineral substances. Here are some ways to use the vinegar.
For spot cleaning, pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it directly onto the fixture. Let it sit for a for about an hour to really work on the stain. After an hour has passed, use a tooth (for small areas) or a scouring pad (for larger areas) and some liquid soap. Scrub the stain until it is gone.
If you’re able to remove the fixture, consider doing so and letting it soak in the vinegar overnight. This works well for showerheads, hand-held shower sprayers, and faucet aerators. Most stains easily wipe off after soaking in the vinegar for several hours.
Preventing Mineral Stains Entirely
Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to worry about mineral stains at all? For homeowners who have very hard water, a permanent solution involves installing a water softener or a whole-house filtration system. These appliances condition or filter the water, depending on the type you choose, and prevent hard water from getting into your pipes. It intercepts the water as it enters your house, does its magic, and your fixtures and appliances stay good as new.
Water softeners are the more budget-friendly option, but if you have the money a whole-house system is a great way to enjoy fresh, clean water with minimal maintenance. Either type adds value to your home and protects your plumbing system from the effects of hard water. Just make sure you have a professional plumber install the system to make sure it’s done correctly for maximum benefits.
Do you need a plumber in Southern California? Why not call Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter. We’re happy to help you install a water softener, filtration system, or any other plumbing installation you need. Call us today at (888) 668-8922.