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HOW TO REMOVE HARD WATER SPOTS

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There are few worse things than cleaning your car, taking a step back and noticing the remnants of hard water spots all over your vehicle. We are going to give you some quick tips on how to remove hard water spots so you can confidently show off your clean car!

What Causes Hard Water Spots?

Have you ever noticed leftover spots on the surface whenever you’re done cleaning? They often appear hazy or white on the surface and seem impossible to remove. More than likely, you are experiencing hard water spots. This happens when there are materials in the water and a build-up of alkaline.

These spots can be difficult to remove and often are a source of frustration while you are cleaning. But, fear not! With a little elbow grease and CleanTools products, you can remove those spots in no time.

How To Remove Hard Water Spots

There are two methods we recommend for removing hard water spots, the first being the use of white vinegar.

White Vinegar Method

For this, you will need:

Step 1: Create your cleaning solution by mixing 2 parts distilled water and 1 part white vinegar in a large bowl.
Step 2: Pour the solution into a spray bottle. This will help simplify the application process.
Step 3: Spray the mixture on the hard water stains. Focus on one area at a time, so that you can properly dry the spots that have the solution on them.
Step 4: Rub the water stains gently with a soft, clean cloth. Any fine microfiber will work.  If the stains have been on your car for a while, you may need to add a little more solution and it may need more time on the surface to activate to ensure that it is fully removed. New stains should lift easily and immediately.
Step 5: Rinse off the car with your hose, or if it is a small area, use a clean cloth soaked in water. 
Step 6: Dry your car completely. Use a dry clean towel, such as The Absorber® XL or XXL to do so. 
Step 7: If necessary, repeat any steps you wish.

Baking Soda Method

The second method requires baking soda to remove hard water stains.
For this, you will need:

Step 1: Make your cleaning solution using 3 parts baking soda and 1 part distilled water in a bowl. If you wish to make your solution stronger, you can add in white drops of white vinegar. With these ingredients, you should be able to make a paste to use on the hard water spots.
Step 2: Grab a clean cloth and apply a modest amount of solution to it. Then, gently rub the hard water stains with the solution.
Step 3: Leave the paste on the hard water spot for 15 minutes.
Step 4: Remove the paste by rinsing the area with clean water, or by using a soft cloth soaked in the clean water.
Step 5: Dry the affected area completely. We recommend using The Absorber® XL or XXL to do so.
Step 6: If necessary, repeat the steps until the hard water spot is removed.

Make Your Results Last

Removing hard water stains is a victory in itself -- but how can you keep the results longer? We recommend waxing your car. Waxing your car makes your car shine, keeps away airborne contaminants, simplifies washing, minimizes the cost of repairs and refinishing, and helps to keep hard water spots off! If you are looking for a quick and easy way to wax your car, look to The Glosser®. This unique, non-woven, triceraphilic (3-layer) microfiber cloth lifts surface contaminants and waxes with just one stroke! If you are a proud vehicle owner, you need these on hand!

Consider finishing off your hard water stains removal with a fresh wax to maximize your results! 

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