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Water Stains

Household  Water Stains – Common Causes and Solutions


Why do we get bathroom water stains, even though we are cleaning really well?  The answer in a nutshell is hard water. Hard water can quickly build up on faucets, showers, sinks, and toilets and over time can leave rust and scale stains that are very unsightly and often extremely difficult to remove.

Hard water contains magnesium and calcium particles and thus can leave stains when mineral-rich water evaporates.  Once the water dries out, it leaves the mineral deposits on the surface of everything it has been on. Often you don’t see it until it has really been building up a while – some surfaces make the deposits harder to see than others.

Mostly water mineral deposits are found on bathroom floors, but also even on faucets and bathroom hardware.  Watermarks and spots can ruin the look of your bathroom.

Bathroom cleaning is a tiresome task, and if you have hard water stains on the floor, then it becomes nearly impossible to remove then.

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Rust stains aren’t always the result of a rust problem in the water or even your plumbing system.  The most common place for rust stains to appear is where standing water is the norm, like in your toilet bowl.

Any streaks leading down from the outlets into your bowl or a brownish ring around the water line are most likely rust stains.  Rust stains are not easily removed with the usual toilet cleaners.

Brown rings in your pearly white sinks, bathtubs and toilets could be a result of rusting in your pipes or from water with a high iron count.  Tough stains can develop over time, especially in areas where water sits in contact with the porcelain for long amounts of time like, as mentioned above, in the toilet bowl.

It’s a good idea to consult a plumber to identify the underlying issue, because even if you remove the stains it’s likely they will come back.  If your pipes or water heater contains rust, these may need replacing.


If your local water supply is high in iron, a water softening system can be installed which will help reduce the stains.

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Therefore the best advice is to hire a skilled plumber to clean up the problem and more importantly too get to the root cause.  So Cal Services is an expert you can always count on.

We have specialists in well-proven cleaning techniques. It is imperative to have the right cleaning technique as harsh cleaners or chemicals can scratch the tiled floor, or porcelain.  And of course, we can also analyze where the stains are originating from and help you decide the best solution to prevent staining in the future.


Water Stains – Methods to Remove Rust Stains

Rust stains etched into your porcelain are not going to go away easily.  But with a little determination and elbow grease, you might get the job done.

  •       Porcelain Pumice Scrubber

This tough, volcanic rock is well known for its scouring abilities so it’s ideal for busting through rust stains.  It may take a while but with some effort, you should see an improvement in the rust staining.

  •       A Scouring Pad

Light rust staining may be diminished with a standard two-color kitchen sponge. Deeper, ingrained stains may need a tougher, especially designed scouring pad for tubs and sinks.

  •       Lemon Juice, Salt, and a Toothbrush

Best used in sinks and tubs, this is a great natural method that’s highly effective. Mix together the ingredients and let sit for at least 15 minutes or even better, up to a few

hours.  Next use a toothbrush to scrub the mixture over the stained areas.

  •       Baking Soda and Vinegar

Slowly pour vinegar into a cup of baking soda until it starts to sizzle.  Mix together to form a paste. Pour the paste over the rusted spots and leave to soak around 15 minutes.  Repeat the process until the stains completely disappear.

  •       Mild acids

Mild acids work best in the case of tring acids.  The hard water deposits are salt-like in nature. Due to this property, if you pour acid on the hard water deposits, they will soften and start to suspend.  But here is a warning; do not use harsh chemicals, so be war when trying this method. Harsh chemicals can permanent etch or surfaces.

  •       Regular Use Of Squeegees resolve stains

If you want to remove water stains, then invest in a good quality squeegee.  Make sure it has a high quality rubber blade. After each time you shower or use your bathroom, use the squeegee to clear out all the remaining water from the floor and the walls.

This will work like a window washer cleans a glass window. Try to let all the water flow off of our surface into a drain.  There will be no hard water stains if there is no water on the surface left to evaporate.

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  • Routine Cleaning

Throw rugs where water splash is common can help prevent staining.  Keep mats in the splash-prone areas such as near the sinks, wash basins or tubs where water splashing occurs.  Always wipe up water spills immediately with a towel.

Also, mop the floor at least once a week with tile cleaner and rinse off with water.  Wipe down the walls of your bathroom after every use. Use a soft towel to wipe the moisture from the walls as it will prevent the build-up of soap foam as well as hard water stains.

Before they become stern, clean hard water stains from the tile and floor as soon as you notice them.  The longer the water spot lingers on your surface, the harder it can become to remove, so treat them as soon as you detect them.

  •       Chemical Cleaner

If the above natural methods don’t work, a last resort is finding a cleaner solution with hydrochloric acid in it that says it is safe to use on porcelain. Take heed of the safety instructions as these chemicals can be harmful to the skin.

Household Water Stains – Conclusion

Hard water stains are very stubborn and frustrating, and it is tough to get them removed from your bathroom, kitchen, and other household surfaces and walls.  Carrying out a regular cleaning regime and following some of the instructions above can help in removing them.

And if you are having a continual problem with water staining and rust stains get the help of the professional and experienced technicians and plumbers at So Cal Services.

We have green cleaning methods and will make your bathroom look new and shining again, and we will determine the cause of the stains and possible remedies to prevent them from recurring.

Contact us at 951-926-1978 for free consultation.  Read here for more money saving plumbing tips.


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