We bought our house two years ago. It’s a lovely 1970’s ranch that we bought from the person we affectionately call The Crazy Dog Lady. Suffice it to say, she loved her fifteen dogs more than cleaning and we’ve had our work cut out for us over the last couple years.
This last weekend I finally had it with the hard water stains on the shower door. So, as all good Pinterest people do, I set out to find the best way to remove hard water spots. Wow! There are a lot of ideas out there for removing hard water stains. Many of them touted “No Scrubbing Required” to which I laughed so hard the unlady like snorts emanating from my nose rivaled those of my Pug when she dreams of chasing squirrels. While the thought of not needing to scrub ranks right up there with receiving a foot rub from George Clooney while soaking in a tub of bubbles, I know deep down that the hard water that’s been languishing on MY shower door for forty years is not going to fade into oblivion without some good scrubbing.
So I searched, and I tried a few things. Lemon juice, vinegar… non of it worked. Then I vaguely remembered a trick I had used many, many years ago when I was first married. I had spent an entire weekend trying everything from scraping it with razor blades to CLR cleaning solution. I had finally found the perfect way to remove those pesky spots and now, twenty years later, I couldn’t remember what it was! Ah, the irony! It was as if those water spots I scrubbed off all those years ago had migrated to my new house and were taunting me once again. Not to be outdone, I set to work again and thankfully I figured it out, once again!
What’s my secret? Soft Scrub, Scotch-Brite pads, and yes, elbow grease, although you’ll be surprised at how quickly the stains will disappear.
Here’s a picture of what I was dealing with (You can see where I started scrubbing in the bottom left)…
I put some Soft Scrub on the Scotch-Brite pad then get in a great arm workout by scrubbing in a circular motion. When I have an area cleaned I wipe it off with a damp rag and then run my hands along it to feel for places I missed. Once you are done with the entire door, remember to apply some car wax so you won’t have to repeat this process as often.
And here’s a picture of the shower half done. Now I can actually see my sexy husband when he’s in the shower! Bonus!
So I’ll be honest… I haven’t actually had time to do any more than this on my shower (Hey, I’m a busy girl). It may be another week or two before I have the time to finish it.
NOTE: Try this on a small section on the edge of your shower before doing the whole thing. I have used this method twice and have not had it scratch anything, but please, don’t take any chances on your insanely expensive shower.