Window stains are just not attractive. They can cause ongoing issues with window performance if not efficiently dealt with and also affect the quality of light that interiors receive too. In the UK, water and salt stains can be pretty common, especially if you’ve made the mistake of washing windows during hot weather or you live in a coastal area. If you want to make sure that your windows look great whatever the conditions or your surroundings there are some simple ways to deal with water and salt stains.
What causes water and salt stains?
Glass often looks like it has a smooth, tough surface but it’s actually very porous. As a result, it can be very susceptible to whatever lands on it – and that’s where the risk of damage arises if water and salt stains are not dealt with swiftly. There are many different causes that could be behind water and salt stains on your windows. For example, spray from the sea could affect your windows even if you’re not directly overlooking the ocean. Water from sprinklers or hoses can also have a similar impact. This is because the water used for landscaping is often hard water, full of calcium and magnesium, as well as other minerals. As a result, when it falls on glass it can leave unsightly marks and even do damage.
Dealing with water and salt stains on windows
- A homemade solution. If you’re not keen on using lots of industrial chemicals there are other simple options. For example, a solution of half water and half white vinegar works very well, as the acid in the vinegar will break down the mineral deposits on your windows.
- Don’t scrape at the glass. Even if it looks like the stains on your windows need a tough approach it’s important to avoid scraping or using anything sharp. This will only damage the glass and is highly unlikely to achieve the desired results. The best approach is to try softening any deposits on the windows and then remove them with something pliable like a chamois cloth or towel.
- Thicker salt deposits might require some elbow grease. If you’re dealing with serious issues with salt deposits then a plastic bristle brush can be useful. However, when you’re using something like this it’s important to be careful how much pressure you apply and ensure that you don’t push down too hard.
Avoiding an insurance claim
It’s very easy to do damage to windows that have been stained by water or salt. The aesthetics can be frustrating to deal with and you may end up cracking or scratching the glass just trying to remove what’s there. This can lead to an expensive insurance claim so if you’re not confident in your ability to remove water and salt stains yourself it’s often better to use a professional window cleaning service. You’ll not only get the results you want but minimise the risk of any damage to the glass in the process.
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