How To Remove Hard Water Stains from Taps

28 November 2022
Est. Reading: 2 minutes
What's in This Guide?
Cleaning Items You'll Need.
Protective household rubber gloves
20% White Spirit Vinegar
5% Rubbing Alcohol
1 Small squirt of dishwashing soap
Heavy-duty spray bottle
Non-abrasive sponge


We all know the frustration of the unsightly white chalk build-up around our taps.

These stains signal that your tap water has a high mineral concentration. Luckily, dealing with this does not have to be a challenge. Learn how to remove hard water stains from your taps using our tried and tested steps.

So, What Exactly is Hard-Water?

The amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in water is used to calculate water hardness.

Hard water will have a high mineral content, and tell-tale signs are:

  • Mineral build-up around water fixtures.
  • Cloudy spots on your glasses and dishes.
  • Unable to easily form a good lather.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution for this. Continue reading to learn how to remove these unpleasant hard water stains.

Step-By-Step Instructions
Seven steps to easily remove water stains from taps.

Step One:
Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle.

Step Two:
Liberally spray your taps and fixtures.

Step Three:
Allow the solution to sit on it for 10 minutes.

Step Four:
Gently scrub, using your non-abrasive sponge, to loosen the hard water deposits.

Step Five:
Re-apply the solution. Take the edge of a small coin and rub to loosen the stubborn stains.

Step Six:
Once again, gently scrub with your sponge.

Step Seven:
Rinse, dry, and buff with a clean towel.

General Tips to Keep Your Taps Stain-Free

  • It is important to clean the hard water deposits from your taps and fixtures on a regular basis. Prevent stains before they become more pronounced and difficult to remove.
  • Allow no water to collect on your taps; instead, dry them after each use. The sooner you clean any spots of water, the less likely you are to have stains.
  • Invest in a water filtration system for your home.

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