questionsany way to clean hard water spots off glass…

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Cheapest way? Vinegar. Seriously. What can't that stuff do?

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Tried the vinegar, may as well have used water, didn't do anything far as I could tell. So far the best thing I've found is Bar Keeper's Friend.

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@mmolzahn: Lime Away (http://limeaway.com/products.php). I live with very hard water, and although I have a water softener, lime build up and stains are still a problem. I used to be able to find it in an industrial version, but this seems to be all there is now.

For the sake of completion, here are the main ingredients:

http://www.rbnainfo.com/productpro/ProductSearch.do?brandId=18&productLineId=319&searchType=PL&template=1

[Edit] You need to use a stiff brush when using this, and for heaven's sake, wear gloves., or at least wash it off your hands right after.

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Buy the generic version of the 'Mr. Clean" magic eraser sponges and if you need too, add a bit of diluted vinegar....works like a charm for my shower doors!

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Use Old English furniture oil. It works. Just don't get any on the shower floor!

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Bounce fabric softener sheets -- it's one of those "you never knew it did this too" kinda of a solution. Just use a new Bounce dryer sheet like a wipe and wipe away.

Maybe divide up sections of your glass door and try each of our solutions to your problem. I'd be curious to see the results.

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CLR-For the tough hard water stains

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BKF - Bar Keepers Friend.. Great for glass, porcelain sinks, etc. The oxalic acid in it will burn your skin from prolonged contact, so wear gloves on bigger jobs.
Also will restore old headlight plastic to some degree. Use lots of water and a soft sponge.
Find it in any grocery store near the Comet.

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No. CM1200 Clay Magic® Medium Grade Detailing Clay. Try this product with a gallon of body shine. Easy to use. No mess. Very effective! Can be found at the Auto Magic website. Good luck!!!

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Lemon oil furniture polish!!! Crazy as it sounds, it does work!

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I use CLR for this type of thing when it's really bad, but when it's not as stubborn, scrubbing bubbles works pretty well. I have a shower mirror that gets water spots and scrubbing bubbles cleans those off of that pretty easily.

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C.L.R. or Simple Green - both work wonders here in hard water Florida.

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I have had the same problem and unfortunately you may have an etching issue, especially if you have tried things like CLR or LimeAway Foam with no luck. With years of build-up, the hard water deposits actually etch the shower doors and cannot be fully removed. Wiping the door with lemon oil after cleaning helps it look better and prevents further build-up as well as faithfully using a squeegee every time the shower is used. Good luck!

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Only thing I wanted to add to this (Besides also voting for Lime Away) is that if/when you do get the doors clean there is a fantastic product called 'Clean Shower'. I think it's by Arm and Hammer? It's a spray bottle like any bathroom cleaner.

Spray it on the doors every day or so right after taking a shower and no more water stains. The stuff works like a charm. It's kept me from having to worry about it anymore!

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i think i used Kaboom, it's in a purple spray bottle. that stuff left my glass shower doors beautiful and clean with no spots left.
http://www.amazon.com/Kaboom-Shower-Cleaner-Spray-Bottle/dp/B000I179ZA

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Nobody uses Comet? That's my fave cleaner - with a nice scrubby.

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@sirlouie: Comet scratches, has too many abrasives. Bar Keepers Friend does not, but is still a powder cleanser for scrubbing.

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It seems as if Bar Keeper's Friend did the best, Lime Away was a close second, and the dryer sheets were a horrible waste of a good dryer sheet.

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If you have a problem with hard water scale in your laundry, or anywhere else in your home for that matter, try something that can nip the problem in the bud. If you install a hard water treatment system where your water comes in, then you won’t have to deal with the effects throughout your home. That means cleaner clothes, as well as cleaner faucets and shower-heads. The Scalewatcher is an electronic water conditioner that requires no salt (so it is environmentally friendly and maintenance free!). It conditions the water- suspending the minerals with an electronic frequency that descales pipes, water-heaters and faucets. Saves on energy costs too, since the heater becomes more efficient once it is descaled.
I got mine from Aqua Genesis: aquagenesisusa.com

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Dear lord none of this worked, these nasty people that lived here before left the shower doors a mess! and i have scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed with everything! Nothing works! I am about try acid on them! someone help! I can't stand this and we are only renting, so I don't want to waist our money to replace them! Damn owners are so damn cheap! And I am such a neat freak!

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Hose down the shower with a hefty amount of straight vinegar, let it sit for a bit (5-10 min), then use the Magic Eraser and use that to scrub the doors clean. If using straight vinegar doesn't work, then try acetone nail polish remover and use a fan, don't inhale those fumes.

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Scum Off Shower Cleaner! It is NON-TOXIC, Biodegradable and safe, not to mention in actually works! Do not use the harmful, toxic cleaners suggested here. Just take about a tablespoon of your Scum Off Shower Cleaner (it's a concentrated gel so it doesn't run down the doors) and apply it to a wet shower door or tub, let it sit about 30 minutes and wipe it away. No scrubbing, no fumes and no chemicals. It is safe on any surface water can touch so you don't have to worry about harming your faucets, fixtures, natural stone or grout. Also, once you get your shower clean all you have to do is dilute a tablespoon of the Scum Off Shower Cleaner to a spray bottle of water and it makes a daily shower spray for about 25 cents a bottle. You will be truly amazed at this product and your sinuses and elbows will thank you for giving them a break! It also has a 100% guarantee so if you try it on your hard water or soap scum and it doesn't work, you can get your money back.

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I looked everywhere for a product and finally found one that actually WORKED!!! I've searched high and low for something aggressive enough to cut through the thick mIneral stains on my shower doors. The Product was called DRIVEN Glass cleaner, that stuff worked wonders and i felt obligated to help others with the same problem. I had to spend over 300 dollars going through things that said they would clean the water spots off and none of them did much of anything. I read the reviews on this product on amazon and took the plunge on this 20 dollar product. Wish I had pictures!! This was the last straw, I was going to buy new shower doors.

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Okay, we have a rental unit with a gorgeous shower. The tenants didn't bother to keep the door wiped down after each shower and the door got (what we had thought) destroyed! I didn't think this would work but..... I took someones advise from a previous answer and used dryer sheets. We had tried to clean with all sorts of soap scum shower cleaners, vinegar, etc.. nothing worked. Then I had read the thread above and tried the dryer sheets. Got them a little wet and then proceeded to rub the door with them in a circular motion. I kept doing this, keeping the door wet with the stuff that was in the dryer sheet. After about 5 minutes of continuous motion, I wiped it down and then cleaned it with regular glass cleaner. Wow! My husband and I were astounded!

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@sophmortimer: I called Brenda Lee and she was terrific in helping me out! Thanks for attaching her as a contact!

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My sister bought a mountain home and talk about hard water rings in the toilets and hard water stains in the showers - it was crazy. I tried everything suggested and more but on the end... limeaway worked but took lots of hard work. The best way is to buy the foam and soak it for at least 1 hour before scrubbing. I still need to clean all the showers and I dread it. My friend reccomended a shower scrubber. I am so excited to try it on the showers. Of course, I will spray it with the Limeaway and let it sit for awhile, then scrub away. I'll let you all know if it works or not. Check this out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW4xItQBGsA

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Just finished using a headlight cleaner kit on my shower doors and it came out perfect. The scrubber pads plus the compound did the trick. You could also use rubbing compound and the scrubber pads. They look like new now

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We have a tile and grout company in Atlanta Georgia with hard water issues. We use a company called pFOkUS and they sell Benaz water dot remover for I believe around $20 and it takes all the water dots off our shower glass in no time. All we do is add a little of the paste to a white pad provided with a kit and then we rubbed down the glass. After washing the paste off with water no more water dots. One bottle of Benaz did our entire enclosure which is a door and a panel. We then recommended Valore (from pFOkUS) to spray in the shower once a week and no more water dots will form.
I thought I would just chime in on this blog as it seems to be a easier process. Even if you use the technique above I would research Valore for preventative maintenance Good Luck!
www.pFOkUS.com

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I've been using Valore for 2 months now (the product tileandgroutguy mentioned), and I have not had to squeegee once since then. No water dots appear, and all I have to do is spray it on and walk away! I have been spraying the doors every time I take a shower -- I'm not sure how often it's really necessary, but it's so easy to spray it on that I have no reason not to just spray it on every time. No streaks, no dots.. it is beautiful.

The only place to buy it right now is on their website (http://www.pfokus.com/pFOkUS_Glass_and_Tile_Water_Repellant_and_Cleaner.html) or on ebay (at least for the moment) if you search "pfokus" with quotes (otherwise ebay changes the word to "fokus" for some reason).

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Thanks to the tile and grout company who recommended Benaz to remove the water dots and lime deposits on my shower door. I also purchased the Valore to maintain the shower glass and after one month on well water we have no problems. The products worked great and before purchasing I called pFOkUS to better understand the products and they have great service! I do believe in new technology as most smaller companies are truly going green and use better products. CRL is a great product but it didn't make my glass look brand new. CRL needs to update their products with some of the newest chemicals on the market.