Water Stain Removal

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Water stains can ruin household items ranging from furniture to clothing. Hard water stains are the most common type of water stains. Hard water stains come from the presence of lime, magnesium and calcium. Water stains on different household surfaces can be removed by different means.

Wood

  • Water stains can be removed by rubbing a non-gel toothpaste on the stain and removing with a clean cloth. Pressing an iron on a clean cloth covering the water stain also removes water stains from wood.

Silver

  • Cleaning silver in hot, soapy water will remove water stains. After cleaning, rinse and dry immediately with a soft cloth.

Household Surfaces

  • Water stains on surfaces like glass, vinyl tile, stainless steel and porcelain fixtures can be removed with a white vinegar and water mixture. On tough water stains let a 2-to-1 water to vinegar mixture sit on the stain for up to a 30 minutes before wiping clean.

Stone

  • Water stains on surfaces like concrete, granite, limestone and masonry tile can be removed with a mixture of washing soda or detergent and water. A cloth or bristled brush can be used to help scrub the water stain from the surface.

Leather

  • Warm water is most commonly used to remove water stains from leather. Gently rub the stain with a clean cloth in a circular motion starting at the inside of the stain. Then use saddle soap to condition the leather. A few drops of denatured alcohol also helps remove stains.

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