How to remove hard water stains from your windows


As a homeowner in a location that is no stranger to hard water, you’ll understand the frustration of frequent cleaning to achieving stain-free windows. Whether you use a squeegee, cloth, or wet paper towel, it may be that nothing seems to work, leaving droplet marks in your eyeline that just seem to be a permanent presence on your windows. All is not lost, as we have a number of suggestions that you might just want to try out!

What is hard water?

Whilst you may think that water is the same across the country, this would in fact be a false assumption. In some areas, water can hold a high content of minerals, including calcium and magnesium, which leave spots of calcium deposit or limescale on windows. Whilst these may not seem noticeable at first, they can build up and get baked into place by the sun, making them extremely difficult to remove.

How to remove hard water stains from your windows

Whilst removing these stains can be challenging, it is still possible for them to be banished from your glass, restoring a clear view both in and out of your home. Let us walk you through a range of hassle-free home remedies that you could try.

Vinegar and water

A simple yet powerful solution for removing these devilish stains from your windows could be sitting in your cupboards right now. All you’ll need is a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Any vinegar could work, but we would recommend white distilled as it has that extra oomph behind it! You will need to mix these components together well in a spray bottle before spraying them on your windowpanes. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes before using a microfibre cloth to gently wipe away the solution.

Lemon juice and water

If vinegar, or more specifically white distilled vinegar, doesn’t work for you, you could swap this component out with lemon juice. The acidic qualities could work a treat at removing those stubborn stains. As you would with a vinegar solution, mix equal parts of lemon juice with water in a spray bottle before spraying onto your windowpanes. Again, allow the solution to sit for a few minutes before using your microfibre cloth to remove the residue. Be careful not to leave streak marks!

Baking soda and water

The vinegar and lemon solutions should work a treat on hard water stains that are less stubborn, but for those that have been sitting for a while, you may need something stronger. This method could be ideal for you – bring in the baking soda! Instead of a spray bottle, you will need to mix baking soda with a small amount of water in a bowl, stirring until a thick paste is created. Using a dry cloth or paper towel, deposit small parts of the solution onto your window and scrub hard over the stains.

Hire a professional

If the above options don’t seem to be working for your windows, there is always a final option – calling in for professional help. This choice will remain entirely hassle-free on your part, whilst being able to ensure your windows will receive a gleaming result that you are proud of.

Here at Clearview Carpet and Window Cleaners, we are on hand to provide your windows with a gleaming finish, no matter their condition. Call 01296 294304 or email us on today to keep your home happy.