I've tried a variety of cleaning products to remove hard water stains from my tub and tiled walls. I am either not strong enough to use the required force, or they are simply not effective. I'm 70 years old, and my tub has a couple of years of accumulated hard water deposits. Can you make a recommendation?
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This is a request for more info: what have you tried, so no one recommends something that hasn't worked for you? Off the top of my head, I'd suggest CLR first.
I'd suggest CLR first, but you might have already tried the obvious.
I've tried CLR with some success at full strength. I need something a little stronger. I've used the common household stuff you buy in the grocery store as well, with no success at all.
Visit your local commercial janitorial supply store. Household/consumer products might not be enough to dissolve the stains. Professional grade products might be in order.
Distilled white vinegar...The buildup is a combination of mineral salts(alkaline) and soap(alkaline).The acidic vinegar will break down both... Put it in a spray bottle, spray it on (a lot), let it sit over night. Hop in the shower the next morning with a scotch-brite or equivilant and scrub away. Repeat as necessary... Vinegar is the best all round household cleaner I've ever found (cheap + or - $3/gallon),safe (non-toxic) and versatile... Save your money and your health and the environment, and quit buying the toxic/expensive corporate chemical crap. Vinegar smells a little strong at first, but dissapates in minutes.
Get a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and throw out all the chemicals. This is all you need. It will make your shower sparkle.
If you have accumulated a lot of soap scum in the tub over many years you'll have to leave the vinegar solution in the tub for a while. I'd suggest at least overnight. 3 parts water to 1 part white vinegar and leave overnight, you shouldn't need to do any scrubbing.
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