Guide to Removing Hard Water Deposits on Sinks and Toilets

What You'll Need
Soft cloths
Scouring pads
Scrubbing brush
White vinegar
Bicarbonate of soda
Cream cleaner
Warm water
Rubber gloves
Caustic soda
Steel wool

Taking some time to find the best methods of removing hard water deposits is ideal in helping to prevent unsightly stains and potential damage. By following a few simple guidelines, you will find the task is a relatively easy one.

Step 1 – Note Materials

Before begin removing hard water deposits, you should know that some chemicals can cause damage to certain materials. Take great care if you have any gold-plated fittings or have a sink that is anything other than ceramic or enamel. You should avoid the use of any strong chemicals.

Step 2 – Remove Excess Dirt

In order to be able to start removing  hard water deposits from sinks, you must first clean away any grease or grime that may prevent full access. Use a mild cream cleaner in accordance with the instructions, rubbing with a soft cloth before rinsing with warm water.

Step 3 – Assess Severity

The issue of removing hard water deposits can vary depending on the size of the problem. If the mineral deposits have been allowed to build up for a while, it is likely to be more difficult to remove.

Step 4 – Remove Hard Water Deposits

Mild cases may require nothing more than a standard household cleaner, a scouring pad and a little elbow grease. A mixture of white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda is effective in removing hard water deposits, Begin by trying to remove the stains with the vinegar alone. Pour the vinegar into the plugged sink so that it covers the affected area and leave it in place for at least half an hour to allow time for the deposits to break down. In the event that this does not work, add bicarbonate soda to the vinegar and rub at the deposits with a cloth. Ensure that you work the entire affected area evenly and do not concentrate on one spot unnecessarily.      

For more stubborn deposits, use rubber gloves to carefully mix a caustic soda solution in accordance with the instructions. Pour it over the affected area and leave it place for half an hour. If using this method does not result in the visible removal of any deposits, discard the caustic soda solution and rinse the surface with water before scrubbing at the deposits with a stiff bristle brush. The water in a toilet bowl can prevent any cleaning technique from working effectively. Be sure that this does not happen by stopping the flow of water to the toilet and flushing until the water in the bowl has disappeared. Deposit removal can then be undertaken as outlined above.    

Step 5 – Repeat

When removing hard water deposits which prove extremely stubborn, the cleaning process may have to be repeated several times. In the event that this is also unsuccessful, use a steel wool pad on the deposits, continually checking to determine whether the deposits are coming away from the surface.