How to Clean Calcium Deposits From Tile

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There is no mistaking the ugly buildup of calcium deposits on bathroom tiles. If you have hard water, you have probably already discovered that calcium deposits build up quickly and if untreated, can be difficult to clean. Don’t be fooled into thinking you need to buy expensive commercial products to clean your tiles. Try these easy solutions using common household products that will cost mere pennies to make.

Things You'll Need

  • Stiff brush
  • Discarded electric toothbrush (optional)
  • Cleaning rags
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking soda

Vinegar and Baking Soda

  • Mix plain baking soda with enough white vinegar to form a smooth paste. This should be wet enough to spread easily, without running.

  • Cover the problem area with the a thick coat of the baking soda and vinegar paste and allow to soak for 15 minutes.

  • Scrub with a stiff brush. An old electric toothbrush with firm bristles works great for scrubbing those hard to reach areas. No only does the circular motion of the brush lift and remove calcium deposits, the handle allows you to reach tight areas

  • Rinse with clear water.

Lemon Juice

  • Saturate a clean cloth with pure lemon juice. You can purchase this in the produce section of the grocery store.

  • Cover the problem area with the saturated cloth so the cloth lies directly on the calcium deposits.

  • Let the area soak for 15 minutes.

  • Remove the cloth and scrub the area with a stiff bristled brush. The lemon juice will partially dissolve the buildup and you should be able to remove the remaining calcium deposits with ease.

  • Rinse with clear water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once you have successfully removed calcium deposits from your tiles, maintain a regular schedule of cleaning with vinegar and baking soda. Preventing the buildup of deposits will greatly reduce the work involved in cleaning the tiles.
  • Fill a spray bottle with diluted vinegar and spray down the tiles on a weekly basis. Simply wash down the tiles and rinse with clear water.
  • Installing a water softening system in your home will prevent the build up of calcium and other minerals on your tiles.

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