How To Get Rid of Hard Water Stains: Removal and Prevention.

Hard water is a common issue in many households, usually leaving behind unsightly stains on fixtures, appliances, and surfaces. These stains are caused by the high mineral content present in hard water, especially  calcium and magnesium. While hard water stains can be frustrating, the good news is that there are effective ways to remove them and prevent their recurrence. In this blog post, we will explore some practical methods to tackle hard water stains and provide tips to keep your home looking clean and sparkling.


Understanding Hard Water Stains

Before we dive into the removal techniques, it’s essential to understand what hard water stains are and how they form. Where any appliance uses water, it’s inevitable there will be some splashing over different surfaces. When hard water evaporates, the minerals it contains are left behind as residue. Over time, this residue accumulates on surfaces, subsequently resulting in the formation of stubborn stains. Common areas where these stains appear include taps, showerheads, sinks, toilets, glass shower doors, and even kitchen appliances like coffee makers and kettles. Although you may regularly see the stains left from hard water evaporating, it’s important to remember that much of the damage done by hard water is often hidden from view.


Removing hard water stains from a shower screen


Removing Hard Water Stains

Vinegar Solution:

  • Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  • Spray the solution onto the stained surface and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Scrub the stain using a soft brush or cloth.
  • Rinse the area thoroughly with water and wipe it dry.


Lemon Juice:

  • Cut a lemon in half and rub it directly on the stain.
  • Let the lemon juice sit on the stain for a few minutes.
  • Use a sponge or cloth to scrub the area gently.
  • Rinse with water and wipe dry.


Bicarbonate of Soda Paste:

  • Make a paste by mixing baking soda with water.
  • Apply the paste to the stained surface and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
  • Scrub the area with a brush or sponge.
  • Rinse well with water and dry the surface.


Preventing Hard Water Stains

Regular Cleaning:

  • Wipe down surfaces prone to hard water stains regularly to prevent mineral buildup.
  • Use a microfiber cloth or a squeegee after every use to remove excess water from glass shower doors, taps, and countertops.


Water Conditioner:

  • Install a Halcyan Water Conditioner to treat hard water before it enters your home’s plumbing system. This can help prevent the formation of mineral deposits while simultaneously removing existing limescale over time.


Protective Coatings:

  • Apply a protective coating or sealant on surfaces such as glass shower doors and bathroom tiles to create a barrier against mineral deposits. Although this may protect your home, mineral deposits may still form on the protective coating.


Vinegar Rinse:

  • After cleaning, rinse glassware, showerheads, and taps with a vinegar-water solution to remove any remaining mineral residue.



Hard water stains can be stubborn, but with the right techniques and preventive measures, you can keep your home free from these unsightly blemishes. Remember to tackle stains promptly and establish a regular cleaning routine to prevent their recurrence. By implementing these tips, you can enjoy a cleaner and more visually appealing home, free from the frustrations of hard water stains.


While there are many methods of removing and preventing hard water stains in your home, in reality it can be a time-consuming and often futile task. That’s why the Halcyan Water Conditioner is the perfect overall solution to hard water stains!


If you’d like to find out more about the Halcyan Water Conditioner, you can explore our Knowledge Centre and find out how it works here. You can call our expert team on 0345 504 0656 for more information on how you can keep your home sparkling clean, by installing a Halcyan.


Why choose Halcyan?

Halcyan Water Conditioners is a British company based in Bristol and our alloy-based solution to hard water is unique to the UK. As leaders in our industry, our mission is to help our customers reduce the impact of hard water on their homes, saving money, saving energy and saving the planet with our eco-friendly, people-friendly water conditioners. We take huge pride in our customer satisfaction and consequently our testimonials speak for themselves. With our 30 Year Warranty and our 12 Month Money Back Performance Guarantee, you can say goodbye to hard water stains for good!

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How to Clean Your Shower Screen: A Step-by-Step Guide

Having a clean shower screen is essential to keeping your bathroom looking fresh and hygienic. Many people opt for gleaming glass screens due to their classic clean look but over time, soap scum, hard water marks, and mildew can build up on the surface, making it appear cloudy and unappealing. Like any other surface in your home, they need regular cleaning to keep them looking their best. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean your shower screen and restore it to its former glory.


Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin cleaning your shower screen, make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand. You will need a bucket, a sponge, a squeegee, a scrub brush, white vinegar or a cleaning solution specifically designed for shower screens, and a microfiber cloth. You may also want to have some glass cleaner on hand for tougher stains. Limescale deposits on shower screens can be extremely difficult to remove. In our previous blog, we shared our top tips for removing limescale to keep your bathroom sparkling clean.


Step 2: Prepare the Area and Remove Loose Debris

Before you start cleaning, make sure the area around your shower screen is clear of any clutter or debris that could hamper your cleaning efforts. Hair, loose dirt and shampoo bottles are just some of the things that could get in your way. This will help you get the best results and make sure you don’t miss any spots.


Step 3: Apply Cleaning Solution

Clean shower limescale


Once you’ve gathered all your supplies and prepared the area, it’s time to start cleaning! Start by dampening your cloth with warm water and mild detergent or cleaning solution. Gently wipe down the surface of the shower screen with this mixture until it is free of dirt and grime. Allow the cleaning solution to sit on the surface of the shower screen for a few minutes. This will help to break down any soap scum or hard water stains that have accumulated. If there are any tough stains that won’t come off with this method, try using a glass cleaner or a more powerful cleaner specifically designed for shower screens. If you’re struggling to remove water marks created by hard water, try a dab of vinegar or lemon juice. Using a scrub brush or sponge, gently scrub the surface of the shower screen. Pay special attention to any areas that have particularly stubborn stains. Avoid using abrasive materials like steel wool or scouring pads, as they can scratch the surface of the screen.


Step 4: Rinse & Dry

Once you’ve finished wiping down the shower screen with detergent or cleaner, it’s time to rinse it off with clean water and dry it with a soft cloth. This will help ensure that no residue is left behind that could cause streaks or spots on your shower screen over time. Use a squeegee to remove excess water from the surface of the screen. Make sure to dry it thoroughly to prevent any water spots from forming.


Tips for Maintaining Your Shower Screen

Cleaning your shower screen regularly is important for keeping it looking its best, but there are also some other tips you can follow to help maintain its condition over time:


  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners as these can scratch or damage the surface of your shower screen over time.
  • Try not to use too much pressure when wiping down the surface as this can cause scratches or marks on the glass.
  • Make sure you dry off any excess water after each use as this can cause streaks and spots if left unattended for too long.
  • If possible, try to avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach as these can damage both glass and metal surfaces over time if used too often.
  • Install a Halcyan Water Conditioner to prevent limescale deposits from forming and make cleaning your shower screen even easier!



Cleaning your shower screen doesn’t have to be a difficult task! With just a few simple steps and some basic supplies, you can easily keep it looking its best without much effort at all! Following our advice will help you to clean your shower screen and keep it looking great for years to come. Regular cleaning will also help to prevent the buildup of soap scum and hard water stains, making it easier to maintain. To keep your shower screen clean and limescale free, you can install a Halcyan Water Conditioner to enjoy the benefits of treated water in your home.


If you’d like to find out more about the Halcyan Water Conditioner, you can explore our Knowledge Centre and find out how it works here. You can call our expert team on 0345 504 0656 for more information on whether you have hard water and how you can benefit from installing a Halcyan.


Why choose Halcyan?

Halcyan Water Conditioners is a British company based in Bristol and our alloy-based solution to hard water is unique to the UK. The effects of hard water on your cleaning routine are significant. Bathroom accessories such as shower screens and shower heads are particularly prone to mineral deposits and this can make cleaning a real chore. Our alloy-based Water Conditioner is an eco-friendly, people-friendly solution to grimy shower screens. With our 30 Year Warranty and our 12 Month Money Back Performance Guarantee, you protect your home now and into the future with Halcyan.

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