Stains on Tile and How to Remove Them
Why are There Water Stains on my Tub and Tile?
The staining on your tiles and tub is a result of abundant minerals that are present in your water supply. While the water is treated locally at your cities water treatment facility, a small amount of minerals still pass through, and are part of the water you consume and utilize in your home each day.
If you notice a significant amount of staining, you can take action to limit and reduce the discoloring.
What is the Cause of the Staining?
The main reason for the stains that you see in your tub and all over the tiles is from minerals that become trapped inside your hot water heater tank. Those minerals stick to the sides and the pipes within the tank, and come in contact with standing water that can be still for hours or days at a time.
If you do not use the water frequently, the minerals soak into that water and cause a rusty color. That is what turns the tiles and the tub a dirty brownish color when the water repeatedly comes in contact with it.
Can I Prevent This in the Future?
Absolutely this can be prevented. The easiest way is to call your local plumbing repair company and ask about have a water treatment system installed. These units treats all the water that enters the home, providing you clean water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing clothing.
The second solution is by flushing the water that is inside the water heater on a regular basis to remove all those contaminants from coming in contact with the water. Flushing the tank involves running a hose from the tank to the curb, and letting all the water out before refilling.
How Can I Remove These Hard Water Stains?
To remove those stains from the tub and tile, avoid any abrasive cleaning solutions or sponges. They will only scratch the fine surfaces and leave marks you will not be able to remove. The best solution you can use is a straight vinegar, soaked in a soft sponge.
Wipe the area with the vinegar and allow the solution to soak into the surface before wiping clean. For stubborn stains, apply the cleaning solution a few times until you see the coloring begin to fade. These stubborn stains may take some work, but eventually they will come clean with a little elbow grease and some persistence.