What are water-spots?
Water-spots are a buildup of minerals that bond to the microscopic crevices in the glass over time. The main minerals that are left behind from water are calcium and magnesium. These actually stain the glass over time and make cleaning a massive challenge.
How do I prevent water-spots from building up?
The easiest way to prevent water-spots is to protect the glass when it is brand new with a hydrophobic coating such as our Nanoglass which repels water and prevents minerals from lodging on the glass and building up. If glass is protected with a coating like Nanoglass when it is new, it will last for almost twice as long as if it is applied on old glass and will last up to 10 years!
Tips & tricks on removing water-spots:
There are a lot of different methods and opinions on this topic and everyone's views will differ because every situation is different so you may have to just try a few different options and see what works for you...
- If the water-spots on your glass aren't very bad, it may just take a simple clean. Use a good dish washing soap or glass cleaner such as Meguiars and give the glass a good scrub with a microfiber cloth or sponge. However it is likely that you may need to try a couple of the following options to get the more stubborn water-spots off.
- Another overlooked way to simply remove water-spots is to wipe the glass with an old black and white newspaper. This sounds odd I know but it has been proven to work! The newsprint can actually dislodge the minerals making it possible to just scrub them away. You can use the newspaper either dry or wet.
- If the stains still aren't coming off, vinegar is the best solution! Mix vinegar and water together in a spray bottle with a ratio of about 1:1. You can try different strengths of vinegar to water depending on your situation and could even add a little lemon juice as some people say it helps. Spray the solution on the glass and let it soak for a while, then wipe it and spray it again. Once you can see the grey mineral deposits are coming off, scrub and then rinse off with hot water. Also, be careful of using towels etc as the solution may stain!
- A similar alternative to this is to mix vinegar and baking soda into a paste and applying it to the affected area/s. Give it a good scrub and leave for a few minutes then rinse with hot water. Repeat if necessary and leave for longer to soak if it helps!
Give these suggestions a try and send us your feedback via the contact page. If you have any other ideas as well, be sure to send them too and we will add them to this post! Every situation is different and everyone's opinion is welcome!!