No homeowner relishes the idea of having to clean old hard water stains off brand new glass patio doors. It can feel like no matter how hard you work at making your glass doors sparkle, water stains simply keep showing up after a heavy rainfall or a particularly harsh winter. The truth is, sliding glass patio doors are a great option even if the idea of constant cleaning stresses you out. In order to give your new glass doors their best shot at looking great in any season, you need to master the art of getting those hard water stains off of your patio door’s surface to stay. It might seem like tiring work, but once you have the right tools it won’t take much to keep your windows looking sparkling and spot-free. If you’re ready to get a beautiful, stain-free finish on your new sliding glass doors, here are a few foolproof tips for keeping hard water stains at bay.
Use a Vinegar Solution
Many homeowners are already aware of the magic cleaning powers of white vinegar. What they might not know, however, is that vinegar can be diluted and added to many normal cleaning mixtures to give that extra kick. When it comes to hard water stains, it can be even more helpful to add vinegar since the acidic quality of the cleaner will help strip away any staining and residue. You can use as much or as little white vinegar as you choose, but try it with water first before applying it undiluted. Spray a liberal amount of your mixture on a wet towel and do your best to move the cloth evenly around your door’s surface to avoid streaking. Once you’ve evenly covered your doors, you can let them sit for as long as you like while the vinegar demineralizes your stains. You can reapply after an hour or so if the mixture has started to prematurely dry down. After you’re done, wipe off your mixture with a squeegee to reveal a sparkling surface.
Go with a Mild Abrasive
You don’t have to worry about over-treating your windows with harsh cleaning solutions. While it’s always best to stay green and natural, if you’re trying to treat truly serious stains, don’t be afraid to whip out the hard stuff. It’s likely that you already have some baking soda or powder cleaner under your sink. To create an effective cleaning solution, all you have to do is mix your powder with water and apply it to your glass. You can put your mixture in a spray bottle or keep the powder separate and apply it to your pre-wet window surface. Evenly spread it around and don’t be afraid to put some pressure on your stains. Your baking soda cleaner will be more effective if you rub a bit harder to get those stains out. When you’re done, spray your door with water and wipe or squeegee everything off.
Use Natural Acids
Like white vinegar, citrus is a natural acidic cleaner that can do great things for glass stains. While you might want something a bit stronger for a first pass, using a fresh-squeezed lemon can be an effective way to go over your windows a second time to ensure that your stains are well and truly gone. Try squeezing your lemon juice into a spray bottle and diluting it with water, or simply squeeze it over your window surface. You can let it sit, use a bit of toothpaste to spot treat harder-to-erase stains (seriously) and spray the window with water once you’re done. If you’re not happy with your results but still want to keep it all-natural, try a combination of baking soda and white vinegar for your next go around.
Treat with Targeted Products
If you’re not a fan of mixing up your own potions to treat hard water stains, you’re in luck. There are a ton of cleaning products on the market that work to specifically target and treat hard water on glass patio doors. You can use an industrial-strength cleaner like Rain-X, which is used by professional car washers to treat auto glass and give it that extra shine, or you can use a similar product that’s made for home use. You can use your solution to spot treat hard water stains or to clean your whole window. Whatever you choose, remember to let it sit a bit before drying, and don’t forget to evenly spread the product on your glass door if you don’t want to get a streaky finish.