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We have really hard water that leaves a scale on the shower doors that defies cleaning. I have tried every homemade and commercial scale remover that I know of, with a lot of elbow grease, and still I'm left with scaly glass doors. Does anyone know of a method to get rid of this that will work? The

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    We have really hard water that leaves a scale on the shower doors that defies cleaning. I have tried every homemade and commercial scale remover that I know of, with a lot of elbow grease, and still I'm left with scaly glass doors. Does anyone know of a method to get rid of this that will work? The only other thing I can think of to try at this point is to take the doors off, lay them flat, and soak them in vinegar for hours before scrubbing, and I don't even know if that will work.

    thanks for any ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redqueen View Post
    We have really hard water that leaves a scale on the shower doors that defies cleaning. I have tried every homemade and commercial scale remover that I know of, with a lot of elbow grease, and still I'm left with scaly glass doors. Does anyone know of a method to get rid of this that will work? The only other thing I can think of to try at this point is to take the doors off, lay them flat, and soak them in vinegar for hours before scrubbing, and I don't even know if that will work.
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    Try this but DONT substitute the dawn:

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    Thanks. I had to wait until I got more vinegar, we were out. I'm going to try this today, and will post results. It's not soap scum that's the issue, though, it's the mineral component of our water, so I'm hoping...

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    Thanks for the tip, I will try this today. Hope it works.

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    I tried the cleaning solution. I sprayed it on last night, let it sit overnight, and washed it off this morning. It works great on the soap scum areas, and cleaned the tile well, but alas, the hard water scale is still left behind. ugh. At this point I am thinking that I will have to wait until warmer weather, take the doors down, lay them down on the table outside, soak them & then scrub forever. bummer.

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    I'm gonna have to try this! I have trouble with the hard-water deposits on my shower doors, also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redqueen View Post
    I tried the cleaning solution. I sprayed it on last night, let it sit overnight, and washed it off this morning. It works great on the soap scum areas, and cleaned the tile well, but alas, the hard water scale is still left behind. ugh. At this point I am thinking that I will have to wait until warmer weather, take the doors down, lay them down on the table outside, soak them & then scrub forever. bummer.
    When we lived out in the Midwest we had Incredibly Hard water- I mean it literally was orange when you turned the faucet on. Hubby says that he used a product called "CLR" . If I recall correctly, the smell was fairly unpleasant, but it removed the severe stains that were in the toilets/sinks and tub. You can get it at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Tractor Supply, etc. It should run about $10 a bottle at the big box stores but a little goes a LONG way.

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    He said he didn't have to scrub them at all, he sprayed them, waited an hour, sprayed them again, then wiped them down. I do remember that the Orange "pooled" on the floor of the shower/tub, so lay an old rag at the edge of any shower doors, etc. I think once you get the build-up off you should be able to use the scum cleaner recipe about once a week to maintain.
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    My parents' well produced hard water too, and cleaning the shower seemed point;less to me in my teenage years. We'd heard somewhere to use Coca Cola, well no it just made everything sticky. But the CLR worked great, then I could use white vinegar (distilled) as a follow-up cleaner... along with my Mom's beloved Bon Ami cleanser.

    Good luck to you.

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    This is the thing...I don't know what kind of indestructible rock is coming through our water, but it defies CLR. With a ton of scrubbing. and bon ami. and vinegar. and fiberglass cleaner. and ceramic stovetop cleaner. and baking soda. I work in a science dept., and it's been (half jokingly) suggested that I try picric acid. I can get it 'pretty good' which I guess is going to have to do. In warm weather I'll try taking them off and laying them down so I can pool stuff to sit on them without drying.

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    I live in the country and have very hard water. My toilets turn orange along with the showers and tubs. The absolute best product to use is Sno Bol! This is obviously a toilet bowl cleaner, but I also use it on showers and tubs. No elbow grease required. Just squirt the product on and the orange stains run off. Sno Bol is hard to find, so I order it by the case off the internet. Do not get the thick gel kind. The gel will work, but not as well. Purchase the old fashioned runny Sno Bol. Also, do not get this product on your fixtures. It is highly acidic and will discolor faucets, etc. Good Luck!!

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    I make a combination of equal amounts of borax to murphy's oil soap. if it gets to thick add a touch of water. I scrub my showers down weekly. then I will take a rag soaked on lemon oil and wipe the shower walls and the door down. it helps keep the spots away. a maid told me that trick. I also use a once a day shower cleaner that I learned from the TV show "how clean is your house" it is...

    1 cup of vinegar
    1 big squirt of dawn
    1/4 cup jet dry

    I mix in a quart squirt bottle, top off with water. spray after each shower. this will keep the doors clean. it will take a while but it will help eat away the other stuff that is plaguing your shower. don't spray real heavy or it will just run off. spray a lite mist. you can even spray it several times a day for a while if you would like.

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    thanks! I will try both those options. Hoping to get it clear so I can go back to the daily preventative.

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    I know how bad hard water can be. I have to take a shower with a hard hat on because the water has rocks in it. just a word of warning, if you do the borax with murphy's use rubber gloves. it will make my hands break out....

    also, be aware of your hot water heater. even though we flush ours every year, it still became clogged with lime and sediment. we had to replace a year 10 after 7 years. the plumber that installed the new one told us to flush it every quarter.

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    Have had to use CLR in the past... please make sure area is ventilated as the smell is a bit unpleasant!! I have hard water also... and about every 3 months I have to use CLR. I am super excited to try the MYO cleaner mentioned above!!! Good luck to you with the doors!!!

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    I was so amazed! That little bugger sparkles like new again! Thanks for the tip.

 

 
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