Hard water stains leave behind unsightly residue, making your glasses and shower doors look dirty and those white spots (that are minerals) can eventually clog showers - not ideal!
By adopting new cleaning practices and using products effective in hard water areas, you can easily cut down on the elbow grease required to remove those white marks.
Helping to keep your house sparkling clean is a top priority here at ekologik so we wanted to provide you with some tips to help you prevent the build-up of hard water and keep your showers and faucets flowing freely.
Lets get into it. When water contains high levels of minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and iron, it’s considered "hard." These hard water stains are caused when hard water droplets dry and leave behind mineral deposits. Usually, these stains are a chalky white but can also be brown or rust-colored depending on the minerals contained within the water. Around 60% of the UK is classed as having hard or very hard water, with many areas exhibiting over 200mg of calcium carbonate per litre. Hard water is a problem for many of us and can become permanent, damaging a range of surfaces, if left untreated.
If you are in an area that experiences hard water, we recommend that you remove the water stains as soon as they appear. While it may be tempting to leave a small stain sit until cleaning day, the longer it sits the harder it is to remove.
In turn, to combat those white stains from happening in the first place, it's important to keep fixtures dry. Simply wipe surfaces, sinks and shower doors with a soft cloth after using. This prevents the water from drying on the surface and leaving behind minerals.
In turn, make sure to clean surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen with effective cleaning products. The ekologik cleaning range has been developed and tested with hard and soft water in mind. Our formulations are toxic free and contain Citric Acid (food grade in nature), which acts as a chelating agent. Chelating agents are used in cleaning products to bind metal ions, such as Magnesium and Calcium, commonly found in hard water. The binding of these ions limits the concentration of metal ions in hard water, reducing the chalky white stains often left behind.
As for the toilet, in hard water aread we recommend that you regulary clean the bowl to avoid the build up of stains. We have devoped our eco-friendly thickened Toilet Cleaner to be used as often as you wish. Increase the frequency in hard water areas.
ekologik products have been designed to look good outside of the cleaning cupboard so if you do need to keep hard water marks at bay, we recommend cleaning regulary, keeping fixtures dry and keeping our bottles for life close to hand.
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