Some people may think that this article contains just a motivational message, but no … this article is a call to action. And a lot of it. Also defined as “Mass Action”. I certainly don’t want to scare anyone with the word “massive”, but sometimes you need to provide a reality check. If you think you are going to be successful in cleaning up by placing a yellow page ad in the phone book for a good company, good luck with that.
Cleaning windows well and removing hard water stains requires a specialty product that you won’t find every day at your local hardware or grocery store. The glass restoration products I use can be ordered online at a variety of supply stores. In this article, I will list some reputable places where you can order hard water stain removal products and give you an overview of how to remove hard water stains with a mini do it yourself hard water stain removal tutorial.
Water stain removal project
Just a quick tip before starting your water stain removal project. In most cases, hard water spots form due to improperly adjusted sprinklers. So before you begin, make sure all sprinklers are properly adjusted so they don’t spray your windows. The first thing you will need is a quality hard water stain remover. I am NOT talking about Limeaway or CLR.
These products just don’t work. You can find a list of high-quality water stain removers here. Now it may take a couple of days to receive your stain removal product, but it’s worth the wait. Also, all supplies and services have been tested and used by me in real work so I know they work and I trust sources to buy them. My favorite hard water stain remover is Bio-Clean, so be sure to look it up when shopping for a hard water stain product. Once you have your hard water stain remover in hand, you will need a white scouring pad and I specify WHITE, not green! I use a cloth towel or rag to apply the solution.
The idea here is not to scratch the glass while removing the hard water stain. Next, make sure you have a rod or sponge for washing windows and a squeegee to clean the glass. To clean the window properly, use a bucket and apply a quick blast of Dawn dishwasher detergent in approximately. 2-3 gallons of water. When you start cleaning hard water stains, dip your wand into the cleaning solution and apply it to the glass where the water stains are.
The next step is to apply the stain remover to your rag or scrubber (a quarter-size amount is sufficient at first). Apply this to the glass by rubbing in a circular motion until it starts to feel softer to the touch. The next step is to reapply the soap and water solution to the window. After lathering the window, use your squeegee to remove the soap and water. It may take a couple of attempts to completely remove the stain. Just repeat the process until the hard water stain is completely removed WDMA.
Necessary products and tools
Now that you know which solution to use to clean your windows without leaving marks, you will need a few tools to get the job done right. You can order equipment at a very fair price from a store that uses professional window cleaners and I have provided that site here.
That’s one way you can order tools online and have them delivered in about a week. You can also get basic supplies at a hardware store like Home Depot or Lowes. Here is a list of some basics that you will want to make your work smoother and faster for the best results. If used properly, you should be able to clean your glass without leaving any marks.
Generally, a 6 to 12-inch is the best choice for the home window and an 18 to 22-inch is the best choice for commercial and storefront washing. It’s best to take a couple of different sizes to be safe.
You can buy a magic wand at a hardware store. Get a size comparable to your squeegee. This will make lathering the glass and cleaning the screens much faster.
The best towels for drying window edges are called “huck towels” or “surgical towels.” They are 100% cotton, absorbent and lint-free. You can order them from J Racenstein or purchase them from your local cleaning supply store. These are also commonly used by the maid. Don’t worry if you can’t find this type of towel. A regular, tightly woven cotton rag will work.