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The Top 2 Ways to Remove Soap Scum from Glass or Windows

A little DIY home chemistry goes a long way in removing water spots and hard water stains.

clean soap scum and hard water stainsGlass is something that you want to keep clean all of the time. Hard water, water that is rich with minerals, is what most people use along with soap to clean glass. But the excess minerals stay on the glass after you wash off the water, creating water spots along with soap scum. Many of the ways you might have heard of to clean this scum off don’t work as you have been told. But there are 2 simple ways to solve the problem of soap stains or water spots on your windows or your glass. You can use vinegar. By mixing together vinegar and dish washing detergent, you will be able to clean all of the soap scum off of the glass you are working on, by spraying the soap scum with the vinegar solution that you created. After you apply the solution, you will let it sit and mix into the stain for 15 to 20 minutes. Then scrub the vinegar solution on the glass with a soft, brittle brush. After all of this, rinse the glass off completely with hot water, then wipe the area clean to remove any remaining traces of grime and filth.

Another way to remove soap scum from glass is to use baking soda. This is a deodorizing abrasive that will help you remove soap scum from whatever glassware that you need to clean. To clean the glass, you must mix the baking soda and dish washing detergent to form a paste. Dip a soft bristle brush into the solution you created, apply it to the soap scum, and let it sit for the same amount of time as the vinegar solution was allowed to. After this time has passed, take a soft bristle brush and scrub the solution until the soap scum has disappeared completely, and then rinse the glass off with hot water. After you have done this, wipe the area clean to remove any and all traces of filth that could linger.

For very tough soap scum that refuses to come off, there is even a way to remove that from the glass. When you combine vinegar and baking soda, they form a solution called carbonic acid. What should happen is that it will begin fizzing, which is just the CO2 escaping. Once this fizzing stops, take a sponge and scoop up some of the mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Wipe this paste on the glass that has the soap scum trying to be removed. Let it sit for once again the same time the vinegar and the baking soda was allowed to remain there, and once the time has come to pass, use a window scrubber and water to thoroughly clean off the paste mixture, and check to see if the soap scum is completely gone.

To prevent the soap scum from returning you might want to install a water softener along with a RO unit. This will greatly reduce spots on your glass, is it a “cure-all” no, but it will be much better. Hard water is a culprit in leaving deposits along with soap scum.

Water Softener Use in San Antonio and Surrounding Areas

Discover the true benefits of using a water softener in your home.

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Water softeners are a necessity in San Antonio, South Texas and the Hill Country. Most home owners would choose a pre-plumbed house for water softener installation and almost all water softeners in the city are installed in the garage. Water softener installation in this case can be done in a few hours. If the house has not been pre-plumbed for a softener, then you’ll have to go through the process of a retrofit installation. In many cases this means piping of running water to the yard where you do not need hard water. Typically you’ll have two sets of bibs on the outside, one with hard water that comes from a bypass and another set of bibs that are the originals but now put out softened water. The soften water bibs are great for car and window washing and the hard water bibs are better for grass and plant watering where you wouldn’t want softened water. This whole process can be done within a single day in most of the cases.

Issues if There is no Water Softener in San Antonio

The San Antonio, south Texas, and Hill Country areas have very hard water. Hard water can make the water heater and plumbing fixtures get ruined over a period of time. Hard water can also cause interference with all kinds of cleaning. You may find that the cleaners are not removing all the grim and dirt from the floor or from clothes. You’ll have to use more sopa and detergent wtih hard water. The glassware and dishes that are washed in the dishwashers using hard water can result in spots and film. Hard water can also cause scum on bathtubs, walls and shower doors made out of glass. Soaps can combine with the magnesium and calcium in the hard water to form soap scum. Soap scum can be hard to remove from appliances and sinks. Furthermore, the magnesium and calcium carbonate that are present when hard water is heated can form scales in water heater, this will shorten the life of your water heater. These build up can slow down the heating process, thus costing you more in time and energy.

Benefits of Using Water Softeners

When you install a water softener in your home you’ll notice differences within a few hours. The water will feel slippery and you’ll notice that just with a little soap you’ll get a great lather with lots of bubbles. You’ll use less soap when performing regular cleaning of clothes, floors or dishes. Your plumbing will also stop suffering the devestating effects of calcium build up. Over time appliances will recuperate and some of the build up can disappear. A water softener combined wtih an under-sink or whole house reverse osmosis unit will give you soft and great tasting water, that is water with not taste. Your coffe maker will also thank you for using soft water and beverages that are water based will not have tastes that aren’t part of the mixes. Overall you’ll realize that the water you’ll be using in the future will be better for both you, your family and your house.