We just moved into a new home. I don't think the previous owners ever
cleaned the glass shower doors. Our shower doors seems to be etched
with hard water stains. Nothing I have tried will remove them. Even
CLR does not remove them. Any suggestions? Thanks!
I am not trying to be "funny" when I suggest a water softener.
Your shower doors may be permanently damaged. In that case, replacement is
your only option.
Since I have "always" enjoyed soft water, I have virtually no experience with
hard water damage removal/mitigation products. You have already tried CLR, so
I can't help in that regard.
As surprising as it may seem, simply converting to soft water may remove some
of the crud you object to. The process takes a few weeks but it DOES happen.
Those that do not like soft water have never LIVED with it. While the
slippery (slimy?) feel while washing your hands can be disconcerting, one gets
used to it. Rest assured it is simply the soap doing more. The soap doesn't
have to "overcome" water hardness.
We use significantly less laundry detergent which is "appreciated" by our
clothes. Glassware comes out of the dish washer spotless, without the use of
a rinse aid. The glassware is not cloudy and/or etched.
I realize that it is a big investment to convert to soft water. You would not
be disappointed, though.
What material? For glass, I use 4-0 steel wool on the glass and if it
isn't polished, the frames as well. If polished, not so great on the
If there is indeed an etching owing to some particular acidic
composition, that would be unlikely to be able to actually remove as it
would be in the surface itself, not on the surface.
For lime from sprinklers on exterior windows, I have used single edge razor
blades in a suitable holder. Keep the surface wet with a spray while
scraping. It's a lot of work. Get the razor blades at the hardware store.
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