How to Prevent Hard Water Stains on Glass


Water stains can look tacky. These stains are caused by "hard" water, or water that contains high levels of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. You can take steps to reduce these stains and keep them from building up.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass protecting chemical
  • Squeegee
  • Water softener system
  • Wipe down the glass after each use, or as often as possible after using it. For example, use a squeegee on your shower glass after each shower. Remove any extra water by wiping the glass with a dry towel.

  • Apply a glass cleaner after the glass is completely dry to help protect from future water spots. Ensure that you choose a glass cleaner that specifies it leaves a protective layer. This protective layer will decrease the number of spots that form and keep them from building up quickly.

  • Install a water softening system into your household. A water softener removes the minerals that make a water hard, mainly calcium and magnesium ions. Once installed, all the water in your house will run through the system before being used for washing dishes, showering or drinking. The softer water won't leave stains as regularly as harder water.

Tips & Warnings

  • A water softener may affect the taste of your water. Ensure that any changes don't affect your ability to drink the water.

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