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Old 11-15-2023, 12:31 PM   #1
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Water mineral stains?

What product do you like to remove white stains from minerals in evaporated water? I have some white streaks showing under the city water connection (from drips too slow to notice) and also under my water heater from the last time I emptied it and didn't rinse the skirting.

I tried vinegar because it was gentle, but all it did was evaporate quickly. I know I have stuff like CLR gel that would "work," but I'm worried it's too harsh for the finish.
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Old 11-18-2023, 06:36 PM   #2
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What if you dilute the CLR with water? Not as harsh, but may work.
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Old 11-18-2023, 08:00 PM   #3
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You might want to try Rain-X Extreme Clean... It removed all the mineral deposits from my T-Bird windshield as well as the glass rear window. They say it also works for plastic headlights, but I had just put two OEM replacement headlights on it last year, so I haven't used it on any "not hard as glass surface".

It's on the shelf at most WalMarts in the auto care section. About $6 or so for a bottle which is enough to do a windshield 6 or 8 times.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Rain-x-X-...AaAqMlEALw_wcB
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Old 11-18-2023, 08:31 PM   #4
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See link below.

Not used this myself but I would not be afraid to try it after watching the video. Hope it helps.


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Old 11-20-2023, 12:45 PM   #5
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Thank you! Not ever having been much of a motorhead (at least since the 1960 Valiant I nursed through HS and college finally fell to pieces), the existence of mineral removers made specifically for vehicle finishes was an entirely new thought for me. There seem to be plenty domestic brands out there, so I'll likely have a good choice of products from any of the auto parts stores in town.

DW suggested I wait a couple weeks until our lemons start ripening and rub the stains with lemon halves.
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Old 11-20-2023, 01:27 PM   #6
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To remove mineral traces, just stop and think for a moment about what is the most practical cleaning solution to remove it? Now ... think hard!

Think about your kitchen?

What happens in your automatic Dish Washer?

Yep! Bingo! Automatic Dish Washing liquid. Simply make a "slightly" dilluted solution and dab or brush it on the affected area. Let it sit, and simply hose off. Repeat until it all disolves.

After all, what ARE water spots on your clear glasses inside your dish washer after all? Mineral deposits.... right!

Try it ... it works. Give it time to soak and very lightly rub with a soft cloth, re-apply, let it soak, and rinse, wip, and repeat. IT WILL disappear!

Automatic dish washing liquid solution also removes mineral deposits on glass shower stalls and around your faucets. It's great for getting deposits off of chrome, especially chrome faucets and the chrome ring around the drain in the bottom of your sinks.

You might follow with the automatic dishwasher rinse agent too. It works equally as well.
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I like to use vinegar. But, I will soak a paper towel with it and then put on whatever water stain needs to “soak”. Let it sit for a few, and then see if you can rub/ scrape off the minerals with an old credit card or a plastic razor blade.
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I picked up a portable water softener from CW when we bought the camper (glass shower doors = water spots). I must say, not only is it nice to have soft water but the ease and simplicity of regeneration with these portable tanks is worth it, a few dollars for 26 oz of table salt and a few minutes of my time every couple of trips. No brainer in my book.
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