There are almost endless benefits to owning a private well. You are in control of your water quality – and it doesn’t cost you a dime to enjoy fresh water at any point in the day. Your water is clean, renewable, and as pure as it gets. However, if something goes wrong with the system, few things can create as much of a long-term headache as a problem with your water softener. Hard water stains are unsightly and can even degrade the durability of machines and fixtures that operate using your water supply. In this article, we’ll discuss where hard water stains may come from, how to prevent them, as well as how to clean them.

What Causes Hard Water Stains?

Well water is usually quite hard – but what does that mean? It means that well water, which is water drawn up from underground, tends to have a high mineral content. Usually, this means there is a presence of magnesium and calcium. Typically, the stains you’ll notice first are from calcium deposits. As water evaporates, it leaves the calcium deposits. Have you ever seen spots or rings on your dishes as they dried? Are there brownish or orange-y stains in your sink or fixtures? You may have iron in the water. Soap scum can make hard water stains worse, which helps bind magnesium and calcium deposits to the surface of your shower and bathtub.

Therefore, a hard water stain is any mineral deposit or residue left behind by the evaporation of water with a high mineral count.

How Can I Remove Hard Water Stains?

For many solid surfaces, a mixture of distilled water and distilled white vinegar put into a spray bottle will create a solution that can be used as a very strong cleaner that can be sprayed all over without much worry. Firstly, completely soak your hard water stains with the mixture. Then, let it sit for fifteen minutes. Finally, wipe it down with a microfiber towel. You should see the mineral deposits break up and wash away.

However, tougher stains might require a bit more backup. Mixing white vinegar with baking soda until it forms a paste will create a reactive substance that can be slathered over stains and left to sit for fifteen minutes before a dry cloth will brush away the mineral stains. We recommend doing this weekly to keep spots in check.

You can also use the baking soda paste on glass, but for glass and the shower walls, we also recommend that you wipe down the surfaces after every use. Be careful with marble surfaces, as these do not react well to acids like vinegar. Instead, try dish soap with warm water and a soft scrubber.

How Can I Prevent Hard Water Stains?

Removing the stains is all well and good, but they’ll keep coming back unless you can soften your water. While frequent care makes the job easier, a water softener will usually solve the problem outright, if not completely reduce the intensity. A water softener may need a professional touch depending on your needs and the size of the system, so if you’re suffering from frequent hard water build-up, then give us a call and see what we can do for your well system. If you’re installing a new well, be sure to consider the cost and space requirements for water softening to avoid ever encountering the problem in the first place.