It is not uncommon to wash your car and, as you drive down the road, small spots of water on glass or mirrors is observed. Although this is annoying, cleaning water stains is not very difficult. Some water stains require a little more attention because of various deposits of minerals such as calcium and iron, in the local water supply. Water stains are not only unsightly, can actually damage the glass if not promptly removed.
- Clean water stains with a dry newspaper. This eliminates external dirt and debris.
- Spray water stains with a glass cleaner. Remove stains with a newspaper. The paper works better than paper towels and washcloths. Leaves no trace of fuzz on the glass. Newsprint also works well as a glass polisher. Another option is to slightly moisten the paper with clean water instead of using a glass cleaner.
- Clean the surface with a clean, dry towel. Once water stains are gone, go over the surface with a dry towel to prevent new water spots from forming. If the glass cleaner or wet newspaper not successfully removed water spots, then proceed to the next steps.
- Spot clean hard water with distilled white vinegar. Some water stains are difficult to remove due to mineral deposits in the water. Vinegar is a mild acid that works well to dissolve deposits of mineral water. Dampen a newspaper or a paper towel with vinegar and wipe the place until it is gone.
- Apply a glaze glass for stained areas. Water stains that remain on the glass for two weeks or more, may actually damage the glass. Apply glass cleaner to the place and polish with a clean shirt. The oils in glass enamel work well to restore the glass.
Tips & Warnings
- Newspaper works better than paper towels and washcloths. Leaves no trace of fuzz on the glass. Newsprint also works well as a glass polisher.
- Water stains that remain on the glass for two weeks or longer may damage the glass.